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Preview: Blue Jackets at Stars

Forwards Patrick Sharp, Patrick Eaves out for Dallas; Columbus without defenseman Ryan Murray

by Sean Shapiro / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (1-2-0) at STARS (2-1-1)

8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-SW, NHL.TV

 

Blue Jackets team scope

Defenseman Ryan Murray will not play for the Columbus Blue Jackets because of an upper-body injury sustained in a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Murray was injured when he was pinned to the boards and tangled up with Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook. He will be replaced by Dalton Prout, who was a healthy scratch Friday. Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist against Chicago and will have an expanded role with Murray out. "He's going to play back-to-back now," coach John Tortorella said Friday. "I'll be interested to see how he handles that," "Losing (Murray) here really puts some stress on our 'D'."

 
Stars team scope

Dallas Stars forwards Patrick Sharp (concussion) and Patrick Eaves (lower body) are out after each was injured against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Forward Ales Hemsky will make his season debut after missing the first four games with a groin injury. "It's nice to be back and it's been a while," Hemsky said. Gemel Smith was called up from the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut. Smith played in all seven preseason games for Dallas. "It helped me with confidence and me knowing I can kind of play at this level," Smith said. Kari Lehtonen will make his third straight start for Dallas.

 
Blue Jackets projected lineup

Matt Calvert -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Boone Jenner -- Lukas Sedlak -- Sam Gagner

Scott Hartnell -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson

Zach Werenski -- David Savard

Jack Johnson -- Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara -- Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Sonny Milano

Injured: Ryan Murray (upper body), Dillon Heatherington (wrist), Joonas Korpisalo (groin)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Ales Hemsky

Antoine Roussel -- Radek Faksa -- Jason Spezza

Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Brett Ritchie

Curtis McKenzie -- Gemel Smith -- Adam Cracknell

Dan Hamhuis -- John Klingberg

Johnny Oduya -- Stephen Johns

Jordie Benn -- Patrik Nemeth

Kari Lehtonen

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Esa Lindell, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Patrick Sharp (concussion), Patrick Eaves (lower body), Jiri Huddler (illness), Mattias Janmark (knee), Cody Eakin (knee)

 

Status report

Columbus recalled Milano and re-assigned Oliver Bjorsktrand to Cleveland of the American Hockey League. … Hudler will miss his third game because of an illness and was retroactively placed on injured reserve Saturday.

 

Who's hot

Werenski has four points in three games, including two power-play goals. ... Spezza has three points and two goals in back-to-back games for Dallas.

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