Blue Jackets hope to end road slide

Columbus (14-14-3) at Dallas (12-14-4), 8:30 p.m. EST

DALLAS (Ticker) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have enjoyed
playing on their home-ice recently. Unfortunately, that success
has not translated to the road.

Columbus hopes to snap a five-game road losing streak when it
visits the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets have been outscored, 19-9, during their skid.
They have not won away from home since a 2-0 victory at Atlanta
on November 22.

Columbus has been just the opposite at the Nationwide Arena,
where it has won five consecutive contests.

Rookie goaltender Steve Mason stopped 47 shots and R.J. Umberger
scored at 2:55 of overtime as the Blue Jackets posted a 2-1
victory over the NHL-best San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

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Loui Eriksson scored twice, including the game-winner at 3:39 of
overtime as Dallas won, 2-1, against the Phoenix Coyotes on

The contest marked the first game since the Stars announced that
they would not welcome back Sean Avery following his six-game
suspension for making crude comments about his ex-girlfriends.

Columbus won the first meeting in overtime, 5-4, on October 10.