Blue Jackets at Stars
7 p.m. Saturday, American Airlines Center, Dallas
Radio: KTCK/1310 AM and 96.7 FM
Records: Blue Jackets 1-2-0, 2 points; Stars 2-1-1, 5 pts.
About the Blue Jackets: After sitting nearly a week between games, Columbus gets busy with five games in eight days. That stretch started Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Rookie Zach Werenski scored his second goal of the season and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots to earn his first win this year. Saturday’s game at Dallas kicks off a four-game road trip against Western Conference teams. Arlington-born defenseman Seth Jones, son of former Mavericks forward Popeye Jones, was traded to the Blue Jackets midway through last season. Columbus trails the Stars 27-20-6 all-time against Dallas. John Tortorella took over as coach last October after the team began the season 0-7.
About the Stars: Injuries have decimated the Stars’ forwards. Patrick Sharp was put on injured reserve with concussion symptoms, meaning he’ll miss at least seven days, and Patrick Eaves could miss Saturday’s game with a lower body injury. Sharp and Eaves were injured in Thursday’s overtime loss to Los Angeles. Others definitely out are wings Jiri Hudler (ill), Mattias Janmark (knee) and center Cody Eakin (knee). Ales Hemsky (groin) practiced and could be ready to return from a groin injury, and forward Gemel Smith was promoted from the AHL Texas Stars. Saturday’s game is Hockey Fights Cancer night.