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Game #6 Preview: Jackets’ stars need to show up vs. the Stars

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Columbus is looking for their third win in four games

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Dallas Stars (1-5-1, 3 points, 6th Central, 14th West)

vs.

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-3-0, 4 points, 7th Metro, 14th East)

After a big win in Carolina - followed by another three day break - the Blue Jackets are back home to start a stretch of four games in six days.

Player to Watch

Cam Atkinson

We had a discussion in the writers’ Slack channel yesterday where elpalito suggested that Cam has been a disappointment this year, and that we should expect more from him since he has been one of the loudest voices among the players all off-season. My position is that we know who Cam is as a player at this point and what he has been is sufficient. As for his start, I’m not worried because he has always been a streaky player. A five game stretch where he is largely invisible is not unusual. When he gets hot, he gets REALLY hot. Expecting him to maintain that for all 82 games is unrealistic and unfair.

What do you all think?

Jackets Notes

Liam Foudy was officially activated off of the injured list, then loaned to his junior team, the London Knights of the OHL ... Josh Anderson has resumed skating but is not yet practicing with the team ... There’s a new addition to the Blue Jackets due to arrive in March, as Cam Atkinson announced that he and his wife, Natalie, are expecting their second child:

The Other Bench

The Stars got shutout by Buffalo in their last game, 4-0. It’s been that kind of season for them ... Free agent signing Corey Perry is considered “day to day” and may make his Stars debut tonight. The team also called up Denis Gurianov from the AHL ... RFA defenseman Julius Honka, who demanded a trade at the start of training camp, has signed with a club in Finland. He can opt out of that contract if he signs a deal with an NHL team by December 1.

Season Series

10/16/2019 DAL @ CBJ
03/28/2019 CBJ @ DAL

Stats

Dallas Columbus
1.86 (31) GPG 2.20 (26)
3.14 (15) GAPG 3.60 (22)
4.5% (28) PP% 20.0% (20)
78.6% (17) PK% 70.6% (26)
47.58% (24) 5v5 Corsi % 51.31% (13)
47.54% (24) 5v5 Fenwick % 53.36% (6)
6.8 (20) 5v5 Shot % 5.4 (29)
.905 (20) 5v5 Save % .891 (28)
Roope Hintz, 4 G Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois, 2
Mattias Janmark, 3 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 3
Roope Hintz, 5 P Leader Alexander Wennberg, Nick Foligno, Pierre-Luc Dubois, 3
John Klingberg, 8 PIM Leader Boone Jenner, 6
1-3-0 Home / Road 1-2-0
1-5-1 Last 10 2-3-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gustav Nyquist Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Alexandre Texier Boone Jenner Emil Bemstrom
Jakob Lilja Riley Nash Sonny Milano
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Dallas Stars
Jason Dickinson Tyler Seguin Joe Pavelski
Jamie Benn Roope Hintz Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark Radek Faksa Nicholas Caamano
Andrew Cogliano Rhett Gardner Justin Dowling
Esa Lindell John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen Andrej Sekera
Jamie Oleksiak Taylor Fedun
Ben Bishop
Anton Khudobin