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Game 46 Preview/GameThread: Blue Jackets’ stars look for revitalization in the Lone Star

Jackets are looking for some fight as season winds down.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 8:00 EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
TV: Bally’s Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Columbus Blue Jackets (15-21-9, 39 points, 7th Central)


Dallas Stars (16-14-12, 44 points, 6th Central)

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 10 points outside the final playoff spot and for all intents and purposes, playing out the string of the rest of the regular season with 11 games to go.

At this point, they look to fend off the Detroit Red Wings to stay out of the cellar of the Central Division. Although with Columbus already having sold off assets earlier in the week, premium draft pick position can be the salvage long-term of an unforgettable shortened season.

Player(s) to Watch

Any and all.

I’m cheating for this one. All season we pick a player and look to see if someone can break through offensively. At this point, what about the future beyond this season? Josh Dunne (12:04) made his NHL debut on Thursday.

Patrik Laine might be gaining chemistry alongside Oliver Bjorkstrand and Max Domi. Alexandre Texier has been playing center a bit and Jack Roslovic could be a bit of a hidden gem. Over his last five games, Roslovic has three goals, four assists.

Jackets Notes

The Blue Jackets finish their season series (3-3-1) with the Dallas Stars. ... Michael Del Zotto packed his bags just in case he moved before Monday’s trade deadline, but he’s glad to be staying foot.

He’s also making a difference on the scoreboard (3-2—1) — I think since PD started saying we’ve seen all he can do. He’s one game away from 700 in his career, haters!

... Cam Atkinson is closing on 400 career points (396—212-184). ... John Tortorella’s 670 career wins as head coach places him just two behind Mike Keenan for 12th in NHL history.

The Other Bench

Dallas doesn’t look like they’ll be repeating as Stanley Cup participants, even though they’re five points out and technically still in the race. The loser point has kind of helped Dallas as they have the most losses past regulation with 12. They’re just 1-6 in shootout, and their +9 goal differential is fourth in the Central Division. Here’s some of the latest happenings per Defending Big D.

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 0 @ DAL 5
03/13/21 DAL 3 @ CBJ 4 (SO)
03/14/21 DAL 2 @ CBJ 1 (SO)
04/15/21 CBJ 1 @ DAL 4
04/17/21 CBJ @ DAL


Dallas Columbus
2.76 (17) GPG 2.47 (27)
2.43 (5) GAPG 3.24 (27)
24.4% (6) PP% 13.9% (28)
78.5% (19) PK% 78.0% (21)
52.1% (8) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 46.4% (29)
51.6% (9) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 47.1% (26)
7.4% (24) 5v5 Shot % 7.5% (20)
.931 (2) 5v5 Save % .911 (27)
Joe Pavelski, 17 G Leader Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand, 14
John Klingberg, Joe Pavelski, 22 A Leader Jack Roslovic, 20
Joe Pavelski, 39 P Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 32
Jamie Oleksiak, 35 PIM Leader Max Domi, 53
9-6-8 Home / Road 7-13-2
5-2-3 Last 10 2-7-1

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets
Oliver Bjorkstrand Max Domi Patrik Laine
Mikhail Grigorenko Jack Roslovic Cam Atkinson
Eric Robinson Alexandre Texier Zac Dalpe
Stefan Matteau Josh Dunne Kole Sherwood
Michael Del Zotto Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov Scott Harrington
Dean Kukan Andrew Peeke
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Dallas Stars
Jason Robertson Roope Hintz Joe Pavelski
Jason Dickinson Jamie Benn Denis Gurianov
Andrew Cogliano Radek Faksa Blake Comeau
Rhett Gardner Justin Dowling Tanner Kero
Esa Lindell John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak Miro Heiskanen
Joel Hanley Sami Vatanen
Jake Oettinger
Anton Khudobin