Yeah, this happened last time, just in case you forgot. Photo from The Canadian Press via i.thestar.com
March 14, 2012 - 10:00pm EDT
Rexall Place - Edmonton, Alberta
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Opponents Blog: The Copper & Blue
Playoff implications? Nope. Bragging rights? Maybe. Rivalry? Not really. Two teams out of the playoffs, 13 games to go in the season... what's the draw?
FAIL FOR NAIL, BABY!
These two teams are the two horses in the race as we round the corner and head down the home stretch. Both teams have played 69 games. Consider:
Edmonton: 26-36-7, 59 pts
Columbus: 22-40-7, 51 pts
It's a nice cushion with 13 games to go, but these two teams meet two more times in that span. Those four points may loom quite large.
Laceration report, now! Steve Mason is back on the trip. Speaking of lacerations, remember the last time these two teams played and Taylor Hall ended up with that gruesome cut on his head? You remember that? That was awesome. /Farley'd
Get the No Doz... the Jackets are on their last Western Canada trip of the season.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(22-40-7, 51 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)
|R.J. Umberger||Derick Brassard||Rick Nash|
|Vinny Prospal||Mark Letestu||Cam Atkinson|
|Ryan Russell||Darryl Boyce||Colton Gillies|
|Dane Byers||Ryan Johansen||Jared Boll|
|Jack Johnson||James Wisniewski|
|Aaron Johnson||Nikita Nikitin|
|John Moore||Brett Lebda|
(26-36-7, 59 Points; 5th Division, 14th Conference)
|Taylor Hall||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Jordan Eberle|
|Linus Omark||Sam Gagner||Ales Hemsky|
|Ryan Smyth||Shawn Horcoff||Ryan Jones|
|Lennart Petrell||Eric Belanger||Ben Eager|
|Ladislav Smid||Jeff Petry|
|Ryan Whitney||Nick Schultz|
|Andy Sutton||Theo Peckham|
Head to Head
Edmonton Columbus 2.58 (17) GPG 2.29 (27) 2.96 (26) GAPG 3.16 (29) 21.7% (1) PP% 15.5% (25) 81.2% (20) PK% 76.8% (30) Jordan Eberle, 30 G leader Rick Nash, 24 Jordan Eberle, 35 A leader Vinny Prospal, 33 Jordan Eberle, 65 Pts leader Rick Nash, 47 Ben Eager, 92 PIM leader Derek Dorsett, 192 3/12 vs. San Jose, L 3-2 Last Game 3/11 vs. St. Louis, L 2-1 3-6-1 Last 10 5-5-0
- Need for Discipline - The numbers tell the story. The league's best PP unit. The league's worst PK unit. Stay out of the box, boys.
- No Dorse - Derek Dorsett is apparently on quarantine, having not traveled with the team due to illness. You'll remember that Dorse had one of his best games the time these clubs played in Edmonton, with two goals in a losing effort. He also played well against the Oil at home back in January.
- Healthier - The Jackets' win over the Oilers in January was with a slightly (heh) different Edmonton lineup. They didn't have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark, or Ryan Whitney. In other words, we're going to see the full compliment of Oilers' skill tonight, which is something the Jackets have struggled with in the past.
13 games. Eight points. May the less interested team win... the draft lottery!