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Gameday Thread: Columbus Blue Jackets at Dallas Stars

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The Stars and Jackets have their make-up game tonight after their March meeting was postponed in the wake of the Rich Peverley incident.

Rich Peverley's gloves on the bench during the warmup before Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators.
Rich Peverley's gloves on the bench during the warmup before Tuesday's game against the Nashville Predators.
Patrick H. Douglass (used with permission)

Television: Fox Sports Southwest, 7:30 p.m.

See that picture up above, the gloves sitting patiently on the Dallas Stars bench during Tuesday's warm up skate?

Those gloves belong to Rich Peverley, and he is who this game is really about.

It was almost exactly one month ago that Peverley collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest on the Stars bench early in the first period of their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. His life was saved thanks to well-trained and fast-acting medical personnel, and the game was rightfully postponed until tonight.

So yes, tonight is about the playoff race, with the Jackets able to clinch if they get two points in any way, shape or form and the Stars being able to lower their magic number as far down as two measly points.

Yes, tonight is about hockey history, with both teams playing their fourth game in five days, something that hasn't happened since 1992-93 and is technically illegal in the CBA (but this instance was granted a waiver because of the extenuating circumstances).

Yes, tonight is about barroom trivia, as Nathan Horton will not play for Columbus, and he will be credited with a goal at the 0:00 mark of the first period since he scored early before Peverley's collapse. Scoring a goal in a game in which you do not play is quite the feat.

But it's really about so much more than that.

To steal a line I saw on Twitter today, the Stars will start today's game down 1-0, but they are already up 17.

Even in the thick of a playoff race, that is all that really matters.