Blue Jackets at Dallas again tonight, 7: Game Preview

MAR. 6, 2021 II at DALLAS STARS II AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER II 7 PM CT (8 PM ET)

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  FOX Sports Ohio   Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)     

Radio:  97.1 FM             Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TODAY’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  10-10-5, 23 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.72 Goals-For/3.12 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.8 Shots-For/31.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.9 percent (24th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  73.7 percent (26th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.9 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-2 (1-2)

DALLAS STARS

Record:  6-8-4, 16 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.67 Goals-For/2.67 Goals-Against… Shots:  27.6 Shots-For/28.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  25.8 percent (10th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.8 percent (16th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.7 PIM (20th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-2-2 (0-2)

Players to Watch: D John Klingberg (2010 fifth round pick has recorded 40-plus points in five of his first six seasons)… C Joe Pavelski (Leads Dallas with 10-11-21 in 2020-21 and has recorded eight 60-point campaigns in his career)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 29-28-6 in 63 regular season games vs. Dallas, including 14-14-2 on the road… Of Note: The Blue Jackets are 10-1-0 in the last 11 games against the Stars since Dec. 29, 2015 and 15-3-1 against the club dating back to Jan. 28, 2013… Columbus has won four-straight road games in the series and is 8-1-0 in the last nine at Dallas since Dec. 29, 2011… Seven of the last nine meetings have been decided by a single goal, including two after regulation… CBJ’s Sergei Bobrovsky posted the most recent shutout in the all-time series with a 32-save shutout in a 3-0 win on Oct. 22, 2016 at Dallas… Goals:  CBJ – 151, DAL – 171… CBJ PP:  41-of-224 (18.3%)… CBJ PK:  216-of-249 (86.7%).

This Season (CBJ, 2-1-0)

Feb. 2 – Dallas 6, at Columbus 3

Feb. 4 – at COLUMBUS 4, Dallas 3

Mar. 4 – COLUMBUS 3, at Dallas 2

Mar. 6 – at Dallas

Mar. 13 – at COLUMBUS… Mar. 15 – at COLUMBUS

Apr. 15 – at Dallas… Apr. 17 – at Dallas

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 1-0-0)

Oct. 16, 2019 – at Columbus 3, Dallas 2

Mar. 28, 2020 – at Dallas (Cancelled)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus won its second consecutive game with a 3-2 victory at Dallas on Thursday.  The club will play for its first three-game win streak of the campaign on Saturday… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in a League-high 18 of their 25 games, including each of the last four contests… CBJ are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games played in the month of March dating back to Mar. 24, 2019, including 5-1-1 on the road over that stretch… The Blue Jackets are second in the League with five shorthanded goals in 2020-21 (Montreal; 7)… CBJ rank eighth-T in the NHL in scoring by team defensemen with 7-42-49.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson has 9-6-15 with four multi-point outings in the last 14 games… C Boone Jenner, who notched his second multi-point effort of the season with 1-1-2 on Thursday at Dallas, has 5-4-9 in the past 11 outings.  He ranks 12th-T in the NHL in goals scored on the road with 6-4-10 in 12 contests… Texas native D Seth Jones ranks second-T among NHL blueliners in assists and fourth-T in points since Feb. 1 with 1-11-12 in 15 games… G Joonas Korpisalo, who has started the last six games for the Blue Jackets, has posted a 1.82 GAA and .932 SV% in his past five games since Feb. 25… RW Patrik Laine has tallied 19-7-26 in 20 career games against Dallas, recording his most goals and points against any team in his career… LW Eric Robinson, who registered his second GWG of the season and fifth of his career on Thursday, has recorded points in all three games against the Stars this season/in his career (1-2-3)… C Jack Roslovic has notched points in 10 of the last 16 games, including four multi-point efforts (5-9-14).

MILESTONES

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

•     C Jack Roslovic is two games from 200 in his NHL career (31-50-81, 198 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       G Elvis Merzlikins (upper body; Injured Reserve) is week-to-week.

•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  62.

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