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Game #8 Preview: Home Sweet Home

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After a trip through sunny California, the Blue Jackets return home with momentum.

NHL: Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio –Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Game Faceoff

The Jackets are home, the California road trip behind them, and are squarely in a prime position to perhaps make a playoff push this year. Who would have ever guessed.

Since getting blown out on Opening Night, the team has posted a 3-2-1 record. They snagged a point in Los Angeles, shut down last year’s Western Conference regular season leaders, and demolished the Anaheim Ducks. They haven’t dug themselves an awful hole to start the season, and have one of the hardest stretches of the schedule behind them. Things are actually looking up for this team!

The Blue Jackets tonight will play host to the Dallas Stars. Dallas, while having seven points just like the Blue Jackets, has been having a rough start to its season. With Ales Hemskey going down, they have now lost 3 of their top 6 forwards to injury. They are far off the pace from where they were last season.

In other words, it’s a good thing we’re playing both games against them early this year.

In Blue Jackets news, Joonas Korpisalo has been reassigned to the Cleveland Monsters. Hopefully he can regain his form.

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Boone Jenner William Karlsson Cam Atkinson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel Radek Faksa Jason Spezza
Lauri Korpikoski Devin Shore Brett Ritchie
Curtis McKenzie Adam Cracknell Jiri Hudler
Eda Lindell John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya Stephen Johns
Dan Hamhuis Jamie Oleksiak
Antti Niemi
Kari Lehtonen