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Stars-Blue Jackets Preview

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars
Saturday, October 22
7:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (2-1-1) lost 4-3 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center Thursday. The Stars were outshot 39-20 in the game but overcame 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to get the game to overtime and pick up one point.

"[The Kings] played a good game. They came here to compete and win a game. We didn't man up and play to their level or higher," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "I don't think we deserved to win that game and it showed on the scoreboard."

Forwards Patrick Sharp and Patrick Eaves were injured in Thursday's game. The Stars placed Sharp (concussion-like symptoms) on injured reserve Friday. Eaves is questionable for Saturday with a lower body injury.

Forward Ales Hemsky, who has not played this season due to a groin injury, likely will play Saturday. Forward Jiri Hudler will miss a third straight game due to illness.

The Stars recalled F Gemel Smith from the Texas Stars of the AHL Friday.

Saturday's game is the second of a three-game homestand for Dallas.

Injuries: RW Ales Hemsky (groin) is probable. RW Patrick Eaves (lower body) is questionable. RW Jiri Hudler (illness) is out. LW Patrick Eaves (concussion-like symptoms), C Cody Eakin (knee) and C/LW wing Mattias Janmark (knee) are on injured reserve.

About the Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets (1-2-0) won their first game of the season Friday, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in Columbus. Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski and Columbus captain Nick Foligno both had one goal and one assist in the game.

"It's huge getting that first win out of the way," Werenski said on Fox Sports Ohio. "Now we go on the road, and hopefully we can get a couple more."

Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray left Friday's game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Friday's game came after five days off for the Blue Jackets and kicked off a stretch of five games in eight days. Saturday's game begins a four-game road trip for Columbus.

Injuries: D Ryan Murray (upper body) is questionable. G Joonas Korpisalo (groin) and RW David Clarkson (back) are out.

Season Series

*This is the first of two meetings between the Stars and Blue Jackets this season.

*The Stars were 1-1-0 vs. Columbus last season, winning in Dallas and losing at Columbus.

*The Stars are 3-6-0 vs. the Blue Jackets over the past four seasons.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars have allowed 33 shots or more in three of their four games this season.

*The Blue Jackets have allowed 34 or more shots in all three of their games this season.

*The Stars are 3-14 (21.4 percent) on the power play.

*The Blue Jackets are 4-7 (57.1 percent) on the power play.

*The Stars are 13-17 (76.5 percent) on the penalty kill.

*The Blue Jackets are 10-11 (90.9 percent) on the penalty kill.

*Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists).

*Columbus rookie defenseman Zach Werenski has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his first 3 NHL games.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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