Game Preview #36 - Jackets Host the Ducks

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The Jackets return home for a brief stay before they head back on the road. The Ducks are in town, so get ready for a nasty, physical affair.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks

March 31, 2013 - 6:00pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Anaheim Calling

Now that most of us have a full stomach after the annual Easter binge, we can sit back and watch the Jackets as they host one of the league's top squads. The Ducks have depth, skill and size up front, making them very hard to match up against. The Jackets will again be without Nick Foligno- his grit will be missed against the Ducks.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(14-14-7, 35 Points; 5th division, 12th conference)

Sean Collins Ryan Johansen R.J. Umberger
Matt Calvert Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
Vinny Prospal Derick Brassard Mark Letestu
Colton Gillies Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Nikita Nikitin Dalton Prout
Tim Erixon James Wisniewski
Sergei Bobrovsky
Steve Mason

Anaheim Ducks
(23-7-4, 50 Points; 1st Division, 2nd Conference)

Bobby Ryan Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Kyle Palmieri Peter Holland Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano Saku Koivu Daniel Winnik
Emerson Etem David Steckel Radek Dvorak
Sheldon Souray Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler Toni Lydman
Luca Sbisa Bryan Allen
Jonas Hiller
Viktor Fasth

Season Series

02/18/13 - Columbus 2 at Anaheim 3
03/31/13 - Anaheim at Columbus
04/17/13 - Columbus at Anaheim

Head to Head

Anaheim Columbus
2.97 (6) GPG 2.31 (29)
2.50 (12) GAPG 2.63 (15)
22.6% (4) PP% 13.4% (28)
78.2% (25) PK% 85.4% (5)
Ryan Getzlaf, 12 G leader Vinny Prospal, 10
Ryan Getzlaf, 26 A leader Fedor Tyutin, 14
Ryan Getzlaf, 38 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 20
Corey Perry, 62 PIM leader Jared Boll, 86
10-3-4 Road/Home 10-4-5
3/29 vs Chicago, W 2-1 Last Game 3/29 @ Calgary, W 6-4
5-4-1 Last 10 5-2-3
    The Jackets are in for a tough test against the Ducks, they'll need a big game from Bob and more of the high scoring offense we've been seeing lately.
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