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Stars are in first place, the Jackets are in 30th. Any questions?

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jackets vs. Stars - 7:00 PM
Game Faceoff

The good news?

Nick Foligno is back in action for the Jackets.

The bad news?

The Jackets play host to the best team in the league. The Stars are very, very good. They score at will, and play a fun, energetic style. The Jackets will have to smarten up from a discipline standpoint: the recent run of penalties has killed them, and against Dallas it would be a shooting gallery.

Curtis McElhinney is in net tonight, and he'll likely be facing Kari Lehtonen.

Though they say that trades in the NHL are going the way of the dodo, the Stars are a shining example of how a team can be built through wheeling and dealing.

At the end of the day, let's hope our boys can steal one and end the calendar year on a positive note.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(13-22-3, 29 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Brandon Saad
Gregory Campbell Ryan Johansen Rene Bourque
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Kevin Connauton Justin Falk
Curtis McElhinney
Joonas Korpisalo

Dallas Stars
(27-7-3, 57 Points; 1st Division, 1st Conference)

Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Sharp
Mattias Janmark Jason Spezza Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel Cody Eakin Colton Sceviour
Travis Moen Vernon Fiddler Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka Jordie Benn
Kari Lehtonen
Antti Niemi