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James Wisniewski! Rene Bourque! Wild Bill Karlsson!!! IT'S ON!!

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Anaheim Calling

It always seems to happen: a big move is made at the deadline, and before the season is out that player's new team comes to visit. Jeff Carter and LA in 2012 comes to mind for Columbus.

Tonight, the reception should be much better, as many fans were sad to see James Wisniewski go.

The Jackets have been playing well on the road, but can't seem to solve things at home. I can't even begin to guess as to why this is, but there's no denying that the Jackets have been able to win games of late despite being outshot and often falling behind. The Ducks are the class of the Western Conference right now, so the Jackets will have their work cut out for them if they want that trend to continue.

Saturday's hero Rene Bourque is out tonight with--wait for it--and upper-body injury. Because of course he is.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(33-35-4, 70 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Artem Anisimov Jeremy Morin
Scott Hartnell William Karlsson Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Jack Johnson David Savard
Kevin Connauton Cody Goloubef
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Anaheim Ducks
(46-21-7, 99 Points; 1st Division, 1st Conference)

Patrick Maroon Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Matt Beleskey Ryan Kesler Kyle Palmieri
Emerson Etem Rickard Rakell Tomas Fleischmann
Andrew Cogliano Nate Thompson Jakob Silfverberg
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Simon Despres James Wisniewski
Sami Vatanen Clayton Stoner
John Gibson
Frederik Andersen

Season Series

ANA - 1-0-0
CBJ - 0-1-0

10/24/14 - Columbus 1 at Anaheim 4
03/24/15 - Anaheim at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Anaheim Columbus
2.81 (11) GPG 2.58 (20)
2.72 (20) GAPG 3.10 (25)
16.4% (25) PP% 21.8% (5)
81.0% (18) PK% 79.0% (25)
Corey Perry, 31 G leader Nick Foligno, 25
Ryan Getzlaf, 43 A leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 38
Ryan Getzlaf, 66 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 63
Tim Jackman, 84 PIM leader Jared Boll, 104
21-11-4 Home/Road 13-20-2
6-4-0 Last 10 7-3-0
3/22 @ NY Rangers, L 7-2 Last Game 3/21 @ Calgary, W 3-2 (OT)