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Game Preview #80 - Start A New Streak

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After having their nine game winning streak snapped in disappointing fashion on Monday, the Blue Jackets are back home hosting the lowly Leafs hoping to finish the season on a new streak.

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Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets

April 8, 2015 - 7:30 pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 FM - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

The Jackets have lost the first two to the Leafs--as I noted in my schedule/record breakdown--but it's fair to say that those were not THESE Leafs. Since the last time the two clubs have met, here are the respective records (not including that second game):

Columbus - 21-17-2
Toronto - 8-26-4

THAT is called "tanking" folks. Holy crap.

Suffice it to say, neither team is the same as they were back in January when they last played. The Jackets are finally healthy and resembling the team we all thought they could be. The Leafs are... participating in hockey games.

For Columbus, still no Fedor Tyutin in the lineup, though Ryan Murray is back. Kevin Connauton will sit in lieu of Murray, and Justin Falk remains with Dalton Prout on the bottom pairing.

For the Leafs, no internet site that I can find seems to know who will be playing center for them on their third line. That, in a way, is emblematic of the back half of their season.

Enjoy!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
(39-35-5, 83 Points; 6th division, 12th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Brandon Dubinsky Artem Anisimov Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert Mark Letestu Jeremy Morin
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Cody Goloubef
Justin Falk Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Toronto Maple Leafs
(30-43-7, 67 Points; 7th Division, 15th Conference)

James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joakim Lindstrom Nazem Kadri Richard Panik
Leo Komarov Joffrey Lupul
David Booth Zach Sill Casey Bailey
Eric Brewer Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner Morgan Rielly
Tim Erixon Andrew MacWilliam
James Reimer
Jonathan Bernier

Season Series

10/31/14 - Toronto 4 at Columbus 1
01/09/15 - Columbus 2 at Toronto 5
04/08/15 - Toronto at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Toronto Columbus
2.54 (24) GPG 2.71 (17)
3.11 (26) GAPG 3.06 (25)
16.4% (25) PP% 21.4% (6)
80.5% (21) PK% 79.9% (24)
James van Riemsdyk, 27 G leader Nick Foligno, 30
Phil Kessel, 35 A leader Ryan Johansen, 43
Phil Kessel, 59 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 71
Dion Phaneuf, 106 PIM leader Jared Boll, 109
8-26-6 Road/Home 17-20-2
3-6-1 Last 10 9-0-1
4/5 vs. Ottawa, W 3-2 (SO) Last Game 4/6 @ NY RangersL 4-3 (OT)