Tim Kavanagh recaps some of the notable battles for goaltending spots and how they're resolving themselves early.
Mike Smith made 30 saves and the Stars beat Columbus 3-1, snapping the Blue Jackets' four-game winning streak.
Rookie Mike Smith stopped 24 shots, Jussi Jokinen and rookie Krys Barch each had a goal and an assist and the Stars tightened the Pacific Division race with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Ducks.
Sergei Zubov scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play with 4:41 left and the Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Minnesota 4-2, snapping the Wild's three-game winning streak.
Dallas 1, Nashville 0