GAME 4: BLUE JACKETS AT STARS
AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, 8 P.M.
TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO
RADIO: CD 102.5 FM / BLUEJACKETS.COM / CBJ APP
SETTING THE STAGE: What layoff? The Blue Jackets played their first game in six days last night at Nationwide Arena, and that busy stretch continues tonight as they close out the first back-to-back of the new season in Dallas.
The good news is that they come into tonight's game feeling pretty good about themselves after a home ice victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. They couldn't hold a two-goal lead on opening night and played from behind last weekend against San Jose, but last night, the Blue Jackets got a lead, then built on it, and sealed the deal with a strong defensive performance in the third period.
They also made roster moves following the game: Oliver Bjorkstrand was assigned to Cleveland and Sonny Milano accompanied the Blue Jackets out west on the road trip. Whether Milano draws in tonight against the Stars remains to be seen (John Tortorella addresses the media around 6 p.m. ET), but it would be a safe bet that he will make his season debut.
Ryan Murray left Friday's game with an upper body injury in the first period and did not return, meaning the Blue Jackets will insert either Scott Harrington or Dalton Prout into the lineup in his place. Tortorella said it does not appear likely that Murray will join the team on the trip.
A goaltending decision will be revealed closer to game time. Tortorella was non-committal when asked earlier this week if the game in Dallas was ticketed for Curtis McElhinney to start.
NOTEWORTHY NEWS: 19-year-old Zach Werenski became the first rookie in Blue Jackets history to begin his career with at least a point in three consecutive games after a multi-point effort last night. He's got two goals and two assists in his first three games. A bit under the radar has been Alexander Wennberg, who is tied for the team points lead with Werenski (four points - one goal, three assists).
PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP: With no morning skate, the Blue Jackets' lineup will be known closer to game time. Stay tuned to BlueJackets.com and Twitter (@BlueJacketsNHL) for the latest news throughout the day.