Game Preview #24 - Road Weary And Battered

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

The Blue Jackets get back on the ice in Toronto tonight as they close out their cross-Canadian road trip.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs

November 25, 2013 - 7:00 pm EST
Air Canada Centre - Toronto, Ontario
Radio - WWCD 102.5 -- TV - Fox Sports Ohio
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SBN's Maple Leafs vs Blue Jackets coverage

Well, this has been quite a Jekyl-and-Hyde road trip. Two wins, one of which may have been the best-played game by Columbus all year. Two losses, both of them flat-out ugly. And, of course, to go with the crazy amount of miles logged on the frequent flyer cards, the injuries are starting to stack up. Both Derek MacKenzie and Jared Boll look to be out tonight, and Sean Collins was added on emergency recall from Springfield. All eight defensemen skated, but Dalton Prout is still on IR. My guess is that Erixon gets to play again tonight against the speedy Maple Leafs, but I've been wrong before.

I don't have much to write about this game, because frankly it's hard to predict which Jackets club is going to show up. If it's the team that worked their butts off against Ottawa, I like their chances to hang around. If the team from Edmonton or Vancouver shows up? Well, it could get ugly again.

At least they're back in the Eastern time zone again.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(8-12-3, 19 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen Boone Jenner
Matt Calvert Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
Blake Comeau Mark Letestu R.J. Umberger
Sean Collins Michael Chaput Jack Skille
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray James Wisniewski
Tim Erixon David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Toronto Maple Leafs
(14-8-1, 29 Points; 2nd division, 3rd conference)

James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri David Clarkson
Mason Raymond Jay McClement Nikolai Kulemin
Frazer McLaren Jerred Smithson Colton Orr
Carl Gunnarsson Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner Cody Franson
Mark Fraser Morgan Rielly
James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Season Series

10/25/13 - Toronto 2 at Columbus 5
11/25/13 - Columbus at Toronto
03/03/14 - Columbus at Toronto

Head to Head Stats

Toronto Columbus
2.74 (12) GPG 2.39 (23)
2.30 (10) GAPG 3.04 (23)
24.7% (2) PP% 17.5% (20)
83.0% (14) PK% 78.4% (23)
Phil Kessel, 12 G leader Ryan Johansen / Artem Anisimov, 6
Cody Franson, 12 A leader James Wisniewski, 14
Phil Kessel, 21 Pts leader James Wisniewski, 16
Colton Orr, 68 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 40
9-3-0 Road/Home 4-6-2
11/23 vs. Washington, W 2-1 (SO) Last Game 11/22 @ Vancouver, L 6-2
5-4-1 Last 10 3-4-3
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