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Perry makes debut for Dallas; Korpisalo expected to start for Columbus

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

STARS (1-5-1) at BLUE JACKETS (2-3-0)

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

 

The Game

Corey Perry will make his season debut for the Dallas Stars when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

The forward, who signed a one-year contract with the Stars on July 1 after 13 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, fractured his left foot prior to training camp and missed the first seven games of the season.

The Stars have lost three straight games (0-2-1) and seven straight against the Blue Jackets (0-5-2). Columbus is 12-2-1 in its past 15 games against Dallas.

Goalie Joonas Korpisalo is expected to start for the Blue Jackets, who are 1-2-0 at home while being outscored 9-6.

 

Players to watch

Stars forward Joe Pavelski has no points in his past six games after getting an assist in his first game of the season.

Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg has three assists, including two in a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. He has won 53.5 percent (38 of 71) of his face-offs.

 

They said it

"You miss training camp and a few games, you're just excited again to play. It's good to be back and part of the team and really get this team going." -- Stars forward Corey Perry, who missed the first seven games of the season with a broken foot

"I look at how we're playing. Our record could be a lot different. We've found ways to lose rather than finding ways to win." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Roope Hintz -- Corey Perry

Jason Dickinson -- Radek Faksa -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Rhett Gardner -- Denis Gurianov

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Andrej Sekera -- Miro Heiskanen

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Justin Dowling

Injured: Blake Comeau (lower body), Roman Polak (sternum), Martin Hanzal (back), Stephen Johns (headaches)

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Alexandre Texier -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Emil Bemstrom

Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Sonny Milano

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Joonas Korpisalo

Elvis Merzlikins

Scratches: Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Josh Anderson (upper body)

 

Status report

Gurianov was recalled from Texas of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

The Stars rank last in the NHL in goals per game at 1.86. They are 1-for-22 (4.5 percent) on the power play, 28th in the League. … Dubois has scored in consecutive games and has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist). … Jenner is one point from 200 in the NHL (102 goals, 97 assists) . … Bjorkstrand is one point from 100 in the NHL (46 goals, 53 assists).

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