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Game #18 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

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NHL: Dallas Stars at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars
Monday, November 12, 2018 - 8:30 PM
American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Columbus Blue Jackets, 9-6-2, 20 points, 1st Metro, 5th East
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Dallas Stars, 9-6-2, 20 points, 4th Central, 6th West

Player to Watch

Cam Atkinson

Atkinson missed Friday’s tilt with the Washington Capitals, but he did not miss a beat, scoring on the power play on Saturday night. Atkinson is now tied for the team lead in goals and is tied for second on the team in points with 12. Atkinson registered his first point in five games with that goal - hopefully that can spur him on a bit of a run.

Jackets Notes

Pierre-Luc Dubois has four points in his last four games for the Blue Jackets ... Torts noted his displeasure on Saturday evening with the line of Alexander Wennberg, Anthony Duclair, and Oliver Bjorkstrand ... That line only played 40 seconds in the third period against the Rangers ... The team has scored a power play goal in two straight games.

The Other Bench

I’ll let our friends at Defending Big D illustrate the myriad transactions Dallas has made in the last few days:

Wednesday Nov. 7th — The Dallas Stars assign Justin Dowling to the the Texas Stars and recall Denis Gurianov from Texas.

Thursday Nov. 8th — John Klingberg exits a game against the San Jose Sharks early. Montgomery tells reporters he will be out at least 3 weeks.

Friday Nov. 9th — The Stars recall Joel Hanley from the Texas and place Klingberg and Radulov on IR (Radulov retroactive to October 30th). Klingberg undergoes hand surgery and is now reported to be out at least 4 weeks.

Saturday Nov. 10th — The Stars recall Ben Gleason from Texas, who later plays against the Nashville Predators in place of Roman Polak, who is battling an illness. The Stars also trade a conditional 2020 7th round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Taylor Fedun, who is then assigned to the Texas.

Sunday Nov. 11th — The Stars send down Gurianov and Dillon Heatherington to Texas.

Radulov and Ritchie are expected to return tonight. Lineups will be updated after morning skate.

Season Series

11/06/2018 DAL 1 @ CBJ 4
11/12/2018 CBJ @ DAL

Stats

Dallas Columbus
2.94 (22) GPG 3.29 (10)
2.82 (9) GAPG 3.64 (25)
24.4% (9) PP% 15.6% (25)
81.5% (14) PK% 76.8% (24)
45.17% (28) EV Corsi % 50.23% (13)
1.003 (16) EV PDO 1.003 (14)
Jamie Benn, 7 G Leader Anthony Duclair, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Josh Anderson, 7
Tyler Seguin, 12 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 13
Tyler Seguin, 17 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 18
Jamie Benn, 17 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 28
6-2-1 Home / Road 5-2-1
6-2-2 Last 10 5-3-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Anthony Duclair Alexander Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Riley Nash Brandon Dubinsky Markus Hannikainen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Scott Harrington David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Dallas Stars
Devin Shore Tyler Seguin Mattias Janmark
Jamie Benn Jason Spezza Valeri Nichushkin
Blake Comeau Radek Faksa Tyler Pitlick
Gemel Smith Jason Dickinson Justin Dowling
Esa Lindell John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen Roman Polak
Dillon Heatherington Julius Honka
Ben Bishop
Anton Khudobin