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Game 25 Preview: Blue Jackets head to Big D to face Stars

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Blue Jackets look to build off win over Detroit.

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

Tuesday, March 4, 2021 - 8:30 EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Looking to build off Tuesday’s win against the Red Wings, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in Dallas tonight for the start of their two-game series with the Dallas Stars.

Player to Watch

Cam Atkinson

Cam Atkinson has been red-hot for Columbus, scoring yet another short-handed goal on Tuesday. The short-handed king has four this season — leads the league — already tying his career-high in 2018-19. His 16 career shorty’s are the most in Blue Jackets history, as he surpassed Rick Nash’s 14 earlier this season. Atkinson had eight goals in February which tied him for fourth in the league.

Jack Roslovic seemed to be the central figure to get Atkinson going and Elpalito coming back to The Cannon seemed to keep the hot-streak streaking. Atkinson leads the Jackets with 10 goals and 19 points.

Jackets Notes

The Blue Jackets will have up to 4,500 fans or so back at Nationwide Arena moving forward for home games. ... Zac Dalpe, who was previously no. 29 prior to Patrik Laine’s acquisition, will be no. 26. ... Columbus has dominated their matchups against the Stars going 14-3-1 since 2012-13 and winning nine of the last 10 overall, and six of the last seven in Dallas. ... Some extra notes per Jeff Svoboda include: Jack Roslovic is expected to play in game no. 198 of his NHL career tonight. ... Tonight would be Max Domi’s 400th career NHL game. Domi has played in 292 consecutive games which is the seventh-longest active streak in the NHL. ... Columbus has the first goal in 17 of 24 games which is a league high, but the team is only 7-6-4 when scoring first. ... Seeds mentioned how good Seth Jones has been on the latest edition of The Cannon Cast and Jones is tied for first with 11 assists among defenseman since Feb. 1. He's tied for second with 12 points in that span, and among all players in that span, his 11 assists ties for fifth. ... Gustav Nyquist and Elvis Merzlikins have been on the ice skating and practicing as they recover from injuries.

The Other Bench

Joe Pavelski torched the Blue Jackets for five points (two goals, three assists) in the first of two February games the clubs split back at Nationwide Arena. In that second game, Pavelski had just one assist. Pavelski had five goals, five assists in each of January and February.

The Stars are technically in last place in the Central Division but they’ve had a number of games postponed due to Covid protocols. By points percentage, the Stars are just behind the Blue Jackets. Dallas enters play on a three-game skid and are just 1-6-3 in their last 10. We know the Stars have a powerful offense but they’re coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the Lightning, being outscored 7-0 in two games.

Dallas is without Ben Bishop (knee), Stephen Johns (concussion), Alexander Radulov (lower body), Taylor Seguin (hip).

Season Series

02/02/21 DAL 6 @ CBJ 3
02/04/21 DAL 3 @ CBJ 4
03/04/21 CBJ @ DAL
03/06/21 CBJ @ DAL
03/13/21 DAL @ CBJ
03/14/21 DAL @ CBJ
04/15/21 CBJ @ DAL
04/17/21 CBJ @ DAL

Stats

Dallas Columbus
2.71 (20) GPG 2.71 (20)
2.65 (8) GAPG 3.17 (26)
26.6% (6) PP% 17.5% (21)
78.1% (17) PK% 72.7% (27)
50.4% (11) 5v5 Corsi % 46.2% (31)
49.6% (14) 5v5 Fenwick % 47.1% (29)
6.6% (29) 5v5 Shot % 7.9% (15)
.932 (4) 5v5 Save % .916 (20)
Joe Pavelski, 10 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 10
John Klingberg, 11 A Leader Seth Jones, 12
Joe Pavelski, 20 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 19
John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak, 15 PIM Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, Max Domi, 23
4-2-3 Home / Road 3-6-2
1-6-3 Last 10 3-5-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Jack Roslovic Cam Atkinson
Emil Bemstrom Riley Nash Oliver Bjorkstrand
Eric Robinson Boone Jenner Nick Foligno
Max Domi Alexandre Texier Kevin Stenlund
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Gabriel Carlsson David Savard
Vladislav Gavrikov Michael Del Zotto
Joonas Korpisalo
Veini Vehvilainen
Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn Roope Hintz Joe Pavelski
Joel Kiviranta Jason Dickinson Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano Radek Faksa Blake Comeau
Nicholas Caamano Tanner Kero Ty Dellandrea
Esa Lindell John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak Miro Heiskanen
Andrej Sekera Mark Pysyk
Anton Khudobin
Jake Oettinger