Game 52 Preview: Pecked to Death By Ducks

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks

February 3, 2012 - 10:00pm EST
Honda Center - Anaheim, California
Radio - WBNS FM 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Anaheim Calling

Talk about two teams heading in opposite(ish) directions. The Ducks are 9-2-1 over their last 12 games, whereas the Jackets are 3-8-1 over that span. However, bookending this for the Jackets is Jeff Carter: he separated his shoulder in the Jackets' last game in Anaheim on January 8, and tonight he's been activated from IR and will take the ice for the first time since.

However, the lineup he will rejoin is a completely different one. Scott Arrniel is gone, and Todd Richards is writing the lineups. Though it's hard to fault him for shaking things up amidst this most current (of many) slumps, but I doubt Carter expected to come back and see Colton Gillies to his left. C'est la vie...

Marc Methot skated this morning, and may be back in after his bout with the flu, though he's still officially listed as questionable. If he goes in, I suspect he pushes Grant Clitsome to the press box, but that's just my hunch.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(13-32-6, 32 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

R.J. Umberger Derick Brassard Rick Nash
Colton Gillies Jeff Carter Vinny Prospal
Derek Dorsett Samuel Pahlsson Antoine Vermette
Ryan Russell Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Brett Lebda
Grant Clitsome John Moore
Aaron Johnson David Savard
Curtis Sanford
Steve Mason

Anaheim Ducks
(19-24-7, 45 Points; 5th Division, 13th Conference)

Bobby Ryan Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Niklas Hagman Saku Koivu Teemu Selanne
Matt Beleskey Nick Bonino Andrew Cogliano
Rod Pelley Mark Bell George Parros
Francois Beauchemin Cam Fowler
Luca Sbisa Lubomir Visnovsky
Toni Lydman Sheldon Brookbank
Jonas Hiller
Dan Ellis

Season Series

10/30/11 - Anaheim 1 at Columbus 3 - RECAP
01/08/12 - Columbus 4 at Anaheim 7 - RECAP
02/03/12 - Columbus at Anaheim
02/12/12 - Anahiem at Columbus

Head to Head

Anaheim Columbus
2.58 (17) GPG 2.24 (29)
2.94 (26) GAPG 3.28 (29)
17.8% (16) PP% 14.3% (25)
84.0% (9) PK% 75.3% (30)
Corey Perry, 22 G leader Rick Nash, 17
Teemu Selanne, 31 A leader Vinny Prospal, 22
Teemu Selanne, 47 Pts leader Rick Nash, 33
Corey Perry, 65 PIM leader Derek Dorsett, 118
13-13-1 Road/Home 5-19-3
2/1 vs. Dallas, L 6-2 Last Game 2/1 @ Los Angeles, "L" "3"-2
7-2-1 Last 10 2-7-1

Game Notes:

  • The PK, It Pains Me - With Drew Doughty's "goal" at the "end" of the game the other night, the Jackets' PK is now officially back in the basement of the league. Huzzah!
  • Joey on the Shelf - Ryan Johansen again looks to be the healthy scratch tonight. Perhaps a catch-your-breath moment for the kid.

The Jackets need to find some kind of offensive spark. Granted, this is not news, but as they start to get some guys back (read: Carter) they need to find a way to put pucks in the net.

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