The NHL will have four games on Monday to close out Veteran’s Day Weekend. One of those games will be between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars. I expect an exciting game as both teams try and get an out of conference win. Both teams have had strong starts to the new season and will look to keep it going with a win on Monday night.
Columbus has earned the top spot in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 9-6-2. The Blue Jackets are leading a tight race in the Metropolitan Division, which means there is little room for error if they want to stay at the top of the division. Columbus has won two of their last three games.
Dallas has also started out the new season with a 9-6-2 record. The Stars are currently sitting in third place of the Central Division. Dallas is in a tough Central Division, which means they need to take care of business in home games like this one. The Stars have lost three of their last four games.
Dallas and Columbus are meeting for the second time this season. The Stars and Blue Jackets met the first time on November 6. These two teams got a good look at each other just a few nights ago, so I expect them to try and fit their game plan around that. Columbus was able to take the win, but Dallas will look to fix up their mistakes to get a bounce-back win.
Dallas and Columbus met up twice last season. The Stars hosted the first matchup of the season. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice for the Blue Jackets. Devin Shore had the only goal for Dallas. Ben Bishop had 24 saves on 26 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 21 shots in Columbus’ 2-1 win.
The second game between these two teams last season was held in Columbus. The goalies put on a show, allowing one goal each in regulation. Ben Bishop had 25 saves. Joonas Korpisalo turned away 35 of 36 shots. Artemi Panarin scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Blue Jackets another 2-1 win.
The first game between these two teams was held in Columbus. Dallas again was only able to score one goal. The Blue Jackets had four different goal scorers in route to a 4-1 win. Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves, while Ben Bishop finished with 30 saves on 33 shots.
The Stars have been shut down in their last three matchups against the Blue Jackets. Dallas needs to get some offense going if they want to break their losing streak against Columbus. I expect the Stars will make quite a few adjustments to try and pull off the win on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets special teams have been nothing special this season. Columbus has scored on their power play 16 percent of the time. The Blue Jackets penalty kill has stopped their opponent’s about 77 percent of the time. Both the power play and the penalty kill has been below average compared to other special teams around the league.
Dallas’ special teams have had a pretty strong start to the new season. The Stars power play has been able to score on 24 percent of their power play chances. Dallas has been able to kill off 81 percent of their opponent’s power plays. If the Stars can take advantage of their edge on special teams, it would help them get the win on Monday night.
Dallas has struggled with injuries to begin the new season. The Stars will definitely be without Connor Carrick, Martin Hanzal, Stephen Johns, and John Klingberg on Monday night. Dallas could also be missing Marc Methot, Roman Polak, Alexander Radulov and Brett Ritchie against Dallas. This team has still had success despite all the injuries, so as they get healthier, they should become more dangerous.
I expect Sergei Bobrovsky to start in net for the Blue Jackets on Monday night. Bobrovsky has gone 5-6 in his starts this season. He has posted a save percentage of .909 and a 2.90 GAA. Bobrovsky has not had the greatest start to the season, especially by his own standards. Bobrovsky has found a lot of success against Dallas in the past and he will look to do it again.
Ben Bishop will likely get the start in net for Dallas. Bishop has had a pretty solid start to this season. He has a .915 save percentage and a GAA of 2.61. In his starts this season, Bishop has posted a 6-5-1 record. Bishop will need to put up a good performance if the Stars are going to have a chance on Monday night.
Bishop has put up the better stat line this season, but Bobrovsky has found quite a bit of success against the Stars in the past. I would not be surprised if this is another close game. If Dallas can take advantage of their edge on special teams, I believe they will be able to pull off the win at home. Columbus is also playing their third game in four nights, which could mean they are out there with tired legs.
Dallas is listed with a money line of -108 on BetOnline. This implies that they will win this game a little less than 52 percent of the time. Both of these teams have posted the same record and the Stars have had the tougher schedule in my opinion. I believe that Dallas deserves to be a slightly bigger favorite at home, especially because Columbus is coming into their third game in four nights. This gives the Stars quite a bit of value. I am taking the home team in this matchup.