Benn could make his season debut and Jagr and Roy might return from one-game injury absences as the Stars face a Blue Jackets team that’s winless since opening night.
A first-time All-Star last season with career highs of 26 goals and 63 points, Benn signed a five-year. $26.25 million contract with the Stars (2-2-1) earlier this week. The fourth-year center was playing in Germany during the NHL lockout, so it’s still uncertain if he’ll have his work visa in time.
Benn led the Stars with three goals and was tied for the team lead with five points as Dallas won three of four versus Columbus last season, including both at Nationwide Arena.
Jagr (strained back/hip) and Roy (groin) could also be available as the Stars look to rebound from Thursday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago and Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to St. Louis. Dallas led by two in the second period against the Blackhawks and was up 2-1 after 20 minutes on Saturday behind goals from Tomas Vincour and Michael Ryder
“We’re hoping to get big No. 14 (Been) back,” coach Glen Gulutzan told the Stars’ official website. “It’s a tough road trip (at Columbus and at Detroit on Tuesday). Hopefully we can build off a little juice of getting 14 back in the lineup, getting (Jagr) and (Roy) back in there and get clicking again.”
The Blue Jackets are hoping to get back on track after dropping four straight since their first season-opening victory in three years, 3-2 in a shootout at Nashville on Jan. 19.
Columbus (1-3-1) is also trying to get past the disappointment of a Derick Brassard goal being waved off in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Chicago after officials ruled that newcomer Nick Foligno interfered with goaltender Corey Crawford
“There’s no time to dwell on things,” said coach Todd Richards, whose team was outscored 9-1 in its previous two games