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Game #56 Preview/Gamethread: Blue Jackets visit Stars

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NHL: DEC 02 Blue Jackets at Stars Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Saturday, February 18, 2023 - 6:00 P.M. EST
American Airlines Arena - Dallas, Texas
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D

Columbus Blue Jackets (17-34-4, 38 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)


Dallas Stars (30-14-12, 72 points, 1st Central, 1st West)

On Thursday, the Blue Jackets faced the #2 team in the Central Division and Western Conference, who was top 3 in defense and goaltending. The Jackets won! Now they face the top team in the Central and West, who is also an elite goaltending team. This time on the road. Will it also go well? Or can the tank resume?

Player to Watch

Jason Robertson

This kid friggin rules. Still just 23 years old and he’s seventh in the league in points, and fifth in goals. He’s at 34/37/71 through 56 games after scoring 41/38/79 in 74 games last season. The top line featuring him, Roope Hintz, and the timeless Joe Pavelski is fun as hell. As a California-born son of a Filipino mother, Robo should be one of the faces of the league...that is, if the league knew what the hell it was doing from a marketing perspective.

Jackets Notes

Horrible news dropped as I was writing this:

Gaudreau is day-to-day with a lower body injury.

In happier news, the Cleveland Monsters won their fourth straight last night.

The Other Bench

The Stars lost at Minnesota in a shootout last night, so we’re the more rested team ... Dallas has gone to extra time in six of their last eight games ... They are also 0 for 18 on the power play since the All Star break ... Jake Oettinger started last night, so Scott Wedgewood gets the start tonight. He is putting up good numbers for a backup goalie, however (.913, 2.91).

Season Series

12/19/2022 DAL 2 @ CBJ 1
02/18/2023 CBJ @ DAL


Dallas/th> Columbus
3.25 (13) GPG 2.53 (30)
2.52 (2) GAPG 3.76 (30)
23.1% (11) PP% 16.1% (31)
83.5% (3) PK% 77.0% (19)
50.9% (16) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.4% (29)
50.0% (20) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.2% (29)
8.5 (16) 5v5 Shooting % 7.5 (28)
.934 (2) 5v5 Save % .906 (26)
Jason Robertson, 34 G Leader Boone Jenner, 16
Jason Robertson, 37 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 37
Jason Robertson, 71 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 52
Mason Marchment, 74 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 72
15-6-7 Home / Road 5-17-2
4-1-5 Last 10 4-4-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Boone Jenner Kirill Marchenko
Lane Pederson Cole Sillinger Kent Johnson
Liam Foudy Jack Roslovic Emil Bemstrom
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Mathieu Olivier
Tim Berni Erik Gudbranson
Nick Blankenburg Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther Adam Boqvist
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Dallas Stars
Jason Robertson Roope Hintz Joe Pavelski
Mason Marchment Radek Faksa Tyler Seguin
Jamie Benn Wyatt Johnson Ty Dellandrea
Fredrik Karlstrom Luke Glendening Denis Gurianov
Miro Heiskanen Colin Miller
Ryan Suter Nils Lundkvist
Esa Lindell Jani Hakanpaa
Scott Wedgewood
Jake Oettinger