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It's been two months, and now we face it: the Biggest. Game. Of. The. Year.

USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

April 25, 2013 - 8:30pm EDT
American Airlines Arena - Dallas, Texas
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Defending Big D
SBNation Game Page

The last time we saw the Stars, the Jackets were 5-12-2. Things looked bleak. And, while the Jackets ended up losing that game in overtime, it was the first game of 12 in a row in which they earned a point, which completely changed the landscape of their season.

And now, here we are, two months later. This one game can change the landscape of both teams' seasons. They both need this game--the Jackets, most likely, and the Stars, literally--to have any chance of making the playoffs. If Columbus wins this game, Dallas is eliminated. If the Jackets lose, even in overtime, they're going to need A LOT of help to get into the playoffs.

So, yeah, this game. It's THE GAME.

What other setup do you need?

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(22-17-7, 51 Points; 4th division, 9th conference)

Vinny Prospal Mark Letestu Marian Gaborik
R.J. Umberger Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Blake Comeau Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Colton Gillies Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin James Wisniewski
Dalton Prout Jack Johnson
Tim Erixon Adrian Aucoin
Sergei Bobrovsky
Michael Leighton

Dallas Stars
(22-20-4, 48 Points; 4th Division, 10th Conference)

Ray Whitney Jamie Benn Loui Eriksson
Reilly Smith Cody Eakin Ryan Garbutt
Eric Nystrom Vernon Fiddler Erik Cole
Lane MacDermid Tom Wandell Antoine Roussel
Trevor Daley Stephane Robidas
Brenden Dillon Alex Goligoski
Aaron Rome Philip Larsen
Kari Lehtonen
Richard Bachman

Season Series

01/28/13 - Dallas 1 at Columbus 2
02/26/13 - Dallas 5 at Columbus 4 (OT)
04/25/13 - Columbus at Dallas

Head to Head

Dallas Columbus
2.76 (10) GPG 2.37 (25)
2.94 (23) GAPG 2.46 (11)
17.0% (19) PP% 12.8% (30)
81.3% (14) PK% 83.0% (11)
Loui Eriksson, 12 G leader three tied, 12
Alex Goligoski, 24 A leader Fedor Tyutin, 18
Jamie Benn, 32 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 29
Antoine Roussel, 85 PIM leader Jared Boll, 95
11-9-2 Home/Road 9-12-2
4/23 @ San Jose, L 3-2 Last Game 4/21 @ San Jose, W 4-3
6-3-1 Last 10 7-3-0

No other game notes for today, except the following.

[gulp]

Go Predators!

[vomits]

[regroups]

[wait, nope... vomits a second time]

That's right. We need the Predators to go on the road to Detroit and beat the Red Wings, and we need them to do it in regulation, please. The Wings are on the second night of a back-to-back, but let's face it: the Predators have been on a count-down to tee times since the trade deadline.

But, for tonight... GO PREDS.

Ugh. I can't scrub that off.

LET'S GO JACKETS!! EMBRACE THE LUMBUS!!!