BLUE JACKETS (12-8-0) at STARS (11-7-2)
Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: Bally Sports Ohio, CBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets)
Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship)
With the youngest roster in the NHL and many players grabbing bigger roles than they've ever filled at the NHL level before, a situation like this was bound to hit the Blue Jackets at some point this year.
Heck, every team faces adversity in an 82-game season, so that's just part of the deal when you're an NHL team playing at the highest level. And for the Blue Jackets, the challenge is this -- how do you keep two straight dispiriting losses in which you've been outscored 12-3 as an aberration and not a losing streak, especially with tough road contests against streaking Dallas and Washington teams looming.