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Game #26 Preview: Jackets look to keep the puck movin’ against Dallas

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The first was nice, let’s do it twice?

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 8:00 EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

The weird thing about writing previews this season is that there’s a good chance the Jackets are in the midst of a 2 or 3 game set. Not a lot of news can happen in a couple of days. Last time out, the CBJ jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Dallas before holding on at the end for a 3-2 victory. Dallas hadn’t scored in roughly 14 years, but managed to get a couple by Joonas Korpisalo in the 3rd period.

A few questions:

Is this turnaround for the Jackets the start of something good? Did the team decide to put as much support as they could behind Jarmo’s vote of confidence? Or is this a blip? I think a third win puts the argument to rest in favor of ‘something good’.

Then there’s Dallas. Was their offensive explosion (relatively speaking...I mean, they’d been shutout over 26 games or something) a result of something clicking? Or was it the oft result of the Tortle? I prefer to blame the Tortle.

No lineup updates posted as of this writing, but I’m somewhat hoping Korpi gets a breather. Though Elvis is skating again - perhaps he’s close to returning.

Player to Watch

Boone Jenner

I actually wanted this preview to be an Ode to Boone Jenner, but I had to mention Dallas, apparently. Just about every other player on this team has had a rough stretch (or season). Except Boone. Let’s look at a few numbers:

15 points in 25 games — an 82 game pace of 49, which would be his best season since the 2015-16 season.

Only 2 PIM so far this season.

A FO% of 55.8 - a career high

30 blocked shots in 25 games - on pace for 98 in 82 games, a career high

A 15.4 shooting percentage, a career high, but he’s doing it by scoring in the crease.

Only 2 of his 15 points are on special teams - 1 on the power play and 1 on the penalty kill

Boone Jenner is having the best season of his career, imo, and I think it’s because he’s finally able to play wing again full time. Torts has botched plenty of things this season - I suppose as all coaches do - but he has almost entirely left Boone on the wing and that’s been to the team’s benefit.

So here’s to Boone Jenner! Keep it up.

Season Series

02/02/21 DAL 6 @ CBJ 3
02/04/21 DAL 3 @ CBJ 4
03/04/21 CBJ 3 @ DAL 2
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

Magic Eight Ball 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

Stats

Dallas Columbus
2.67 (24) GPG 2.72 (22)
2.67 (10) GAPG 3.12 (T-23)
25.8% (8) PP% 16.9% (24)
78.8% (17) PK% 73.7% (26)
50.8% (10) 5v5 Corsi % 46.1% (31)
49.8% (13) 5v5 Fenwick % 47.1% (29)
6.8% (28) 5v5 Shot % 8.2% (13)
.928 (7) 5v5 Save % .916 (19)
Joe Pavelski, 10 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 10
John Klingberg, 12 A Leader Seth Jones, 12
Joe Pavelski, 21 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 19
John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak, 15 PIM Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, Max Domi, 23
4-3-3 Home / Road 4-6-2
1-6-3 Last 10 3-5-2