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Game #6 Preview: Blue Jackets host Dallas Stars

The Jackets are hoping to bounce back after a tough loss Saturday night.

Dallas Stars v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM and BlueJackets.com
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Dallas Stars (3-2-0, 6 points, 3rd Central, 6th West)

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Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-0, 6 points, 7th Metro, 11th East)

The Blue Jackets will end their four game stay in Columbus tonight against the Dallas Stars. The Jackets are coming off a 5-1 loss against Carolina where they gave up three power play goals. The penalty kill was 4th best in the league going in to that game, but came out 20th overall. Although the Stars don’t have as dangerous of a power play, they still have the talent to make you pay if you give them too many opportunities.

Player to Watch

Miro Heiskanen

The 2017 third overall pick is off to a hot start this season. The defenseman entered the league as a nineteen year old and has put up respectable numbers every season. His career high in points per game was in his sophomore season when he put up 35 points in 68 games. He’s already 2-4-6 in 5 games and leads the team in goals (tied), assists, and points.

Blue Jackets

As many probably predicted, this season is off to an up and down start. After scoring eight goals in the opener, the Jackets have struggled to put the puck in the net. The power play has continued to be successful, but 5v5 play leaves a lot to be desired. They have only managed to score two 5v5 goals in the last four games. Neither Roslovic, Nyquist, or Texier have had their names on the scoresheet since opening night - the team needs more out of those guys.

Update: Based on morning skate line rushes, it appears that Gabriel Carlsson may be replacing Scott Harrington. In addition, Texier is skating on the fourth line and Hofmann may get his first look in the top six.

Stars

Dallas’ three wins have all come in OT (one shootout win against Pittsburgh). They’ve struggled, as the Jackets have, to produce shots at 5v5. They currently sit at the bottom of the league in shot attempt (Corsi) and unblocked shot attempt (Fenwick) percentages. Their goaltending has been fantastic, however. This could be an opportunity for the home team to start to turn the ship around at even strength. Holtby, who’s currently boasting a .950 save percentage and a 1.78 GAA, will be the obstacle standing in their way.

Season Series

10/25/2021 DAL @ CBJ
12/2/2021 CBJ @ DAL

Stats

Dallas Columbus
2.00 (29) GPG 3.00 (14)
2.20 (7) GAPG 2.80 (16)
21.4% (17) PP% 33.3% (6)
81.3% (17) PK% 77.8% (20)
43.7% (30) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 46.22% (27)
44.0% (31) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 44.7% (29)
5.1 (31) 5v5 Shot % 6.5 (22)
.954 (5) 5v5 Save % .942 (9)
Raffl & Heiskanen, 2 G Leader Boone Jenner, 4
Miro Heiskanen, 4 A Leader BJORKSTRAND & Voracek, 5
Miro Heiskanen, 6 P Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, 7
Jani Hakanpaa, 21 PIM Leader Sean Kuraly, 9
2-2-0 Home / Road 3-1-0
3-2-0 Last 10 3-2-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Boone Jenner Jakub Voracek
Gregory Hofmann Jack Roslovic Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Gustav Nyquist Cole Sillinger Yegor Chinakhov
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Alexandre Texier
Zach Werenski Jake Bean
Vladislav Gavrikov Adam Boqist
Gabriel Carlsson Andrew Peeke
Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo
Dallas Stars
Denis Gurianov Roope Hintz Joe Pavelski
Michael Raffl Radek Faksa Tyler Seguin
Jacob Peterson Jamie Benn Alexander Radulov
Joel Kiviranta Luke Glendening Tanner Kero
Ryan Suter John Klingberg
Esa Lindell Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera Jani Hakanpaa
Braden Holtby
Anton Khudobin