This is when the schedule starts to get crazy: including last night, seven games in 11 days, including a three-game Western Conference road trip.
These two teams are mirror images of each other right now, almost. The Stars are clinging to the last Wild Card spot in the West, and the Jackets are just one point out of the last spot in the East. If you look at their numbers below, they're pretty similar across the board. Both clubs played last night in different cities.
In short, this should be a pretty even match-up.
However, the Jackets have some shuffling to do on their blue-line, most likely. My guess is that Ryan Murray is out, and Cody Goloubef draws in. Also, below, I've left the forward lines the same, but there may be some low-end shuffling with Corey Tropp or Blake Comeau. Finally, my guess is that Curtis McElhinney gets a start tonight, given the schedule coming up. But, who knows? After the way last season ended...
The Stars' top line is formidable, as Jamie Benn has a history of torching the Jackets and Tyler Seguin is having a very good year. The struggled to get a win in (suddenly resurgent) Buffalo, and theoretically both teams will be tired. Hopefully, the Jackets can use their forward depth to an advantage tonight, and wear down the Stars.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(31-25-5, 67 Points; 5th division, 10th conference)
|Boone Jenner||Ryan Johansen||Nathan Horton|
|Nick Foligno||Artem Anisimov||Marian Gaborik|
|R.J. Umberger||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Matt Calvert||Derek MacKenzie||Mark Letestu|
|Jack Johnson||David Savard|
|Cody Goloubef||James Wisniewski|
|Nikita Nikitin||Dalton Prout|
(29-22-10, 68 Points; 5th division, 8th conference)
|Jamie Benn||Tyler Seguin||Valeri Nichushkin|
|Erik Cole||Cody Eakin||Rich Peverley|
|Antoine Roussel||Vernon Fiddler||Ryan Garbutt|
|Ray Whitney||Shawn Horcoff||Alex Chiasson|
|Alex Goligoski||Trevor Daley|
|Jordie Benn||Sergei Gonchar|
|Kevin Connauton||Aaron Rome|
03/04/14 - Dallas at Columbus
03/10/14 - Columbus at Dallas
Head to Head Stats
Dallas Columbus 2.79 (13) GPG 2.88 (8) 2.74 (16) GAPG 2.77 (17) 14.5% (25) PP% 19.3% (14) 81.6% (17) PK% 82.0% (14) Tyler Seguin, 25 G leader Ryan Johansen, 24 Tyler Seguin, 33 A leader James Wisniewski, 31 Tyler Seguin, 58 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 47 Antoine Roussel, 160 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 88 13-12-4 Road/Home 17-11-2 3/3 @ Buffalo, W 3-2 Last Game 3/3 @ Toronto, W 2-1 6-2-2 Last 10 5-4-1