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The NHL once again proves that it doesn't seem to really like Columbus when it comes to making out the schedule.

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

March 19, 2015 - 10:00 pm EDT
Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Calgary is a 45 minute flight from Edmonton.

Vancouver is a one hour and 25 minute flight from Edmonton.

Calgary is a one hour and 15 minute flight from Vancouver.

If you're going to start Columbus in Edmonton and ask them to play two games back-to-back, rest a day, and then play a third on the fourth day, wouldn't it make more sense for them to go from Edmonton to Calgary, and then on to Vancouver for the third game? Of course it would.

Obviously, the total flight times aren't egregiously longer the way we're doing it, but... I'm a man of logical principle. It's like how the Jackets almost ALWAYS play three in four nights in California, but the back-to-back ALWAYS involves a trip from LA to San Jose or vice versa. Play the back to back in the same damn city (or, in this case, province), and then travel.

End rant.

Another late start, though my guess is many of you will be up watching hoops anyway, so why not flip over to this one once in awhile? We don't know much, given the aforementioned travel and lack of morning skate. No word yet on Brandon Dubinsky and his lingering upper body injury. Otherwise, I'm going to assume Bob is back in net tonight.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(31-35-4, 66 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Rene Bourque Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Corey Tropp Artem Anisimov Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Ryan Craig Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Ryan Murray
Kevin Connauton Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Vancouver Canucks
(40-25-4, 84 Points; 2nd Division, 6th Conference)

Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alex Burrows
Shawn Matthias Nick Bonino Radim Vrbata
Chris Higgins Linden Vey Derek Dorsett
Ronalds Kenins Bo Horvat Jannik Hansen
Alexander Edler Christopher Tanev
Dan Hamhuis Yannick Weber
Luca Sbisa Kevin Bieksa
Eddie Lack
Joacim Eriksson

Season Series

VAN - 1-0-0
CBJ - 0-1-0

11/28/14 - Vancouver 5 at Columbus 0
03/19/15 - Columbus at Vancouver

Head to Head Stats

Vancouver Columbus
2.80 (11) GPG 2.53 (24)
2.65 (19) GAPG 3.13 (25)
17.2% (20) PP% 21.5% (6)
86.1% (3) PK% 78.8% (24)
Radim Vrbata, 26 G leader Nick Foligno, 25
Daniel Sedin, 46 A leader Nick Foligno, 37
Daniel Sedin / Henrik Sedin, 60 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 62
Derek Dorsett, 152 PIM leader Jared Boll, 102
20-13-1 Home/Road 18-15-2
6-3-1 Last 10 5-5-0
3/17 vs. Philadelphia, W 4-1 Last Game 3/18 @ Edmonton, W 4-3 (SO)