Kari Lehtonen is key to the Stars' plan to rebuild club from the net out.
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