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Game #7 Preview: California Love

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The Jackets look to wrap up the West Coast road trip with a win.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
Honda Center - 10:00 PM EDT
TV: Fox Sports Ohio – Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Game Six Recap

The Jackets will finally, after tonight, have the dreaded California road trip behind them.

The worst part of the schedule every year (from a viewing standpoint and, typically, a results standpoint) is almost in the rear view mirror. After three straight on the road, the Blue Jackets close out the trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Blue Jackets close up the west coast excursion with the second night of a back to back against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks, 3-3-2 on the season, are coming into the game after a big win against the Nashville Predators to the tune of 6-1. The Blue Jackets, with a point tonight, will have earned 4 points in 4 games on the trip, which is more than I could have asked for at the outset. Going .500 through Dallas and California would be huge.

Tonight’s lineup will likely remain very similar. Sergei Bobrovsky has played well in all six starts this year, and I would expect to see him between the pipes again, especially as the team is off until Tuesday after tonight. Perhaps one of Scott Harrington (please) or Sonny Milano (double please) draws into the lineup, but no major changes otherwise.

Oh hey, and Jared Boll is on the other side tonight. Wonder if he’ll pick a fight with someone.

Go Jackets.

STATISTICS AND LINEUPS

(I’m swapping in Milano because I want to see it. I will fix it if need be, but I refuse to believe we called him up to sit for four games)

Columbus Blue Jackets – 2-3-1, 5 points, 7th Metro, 14th East
Vs.
Anaheim Ducks – 3-3-2, 8 points, 5th Pacific, 7th West

Anaheim Columbus
2.63 (20) GPG 2.33 (28)
2.38 (7) GAPG 2.83 (13)
22.2% (14) PP% 38.5% (1)
83.8% (14) PK% 84.2% (11)
51.1 (13) EV CF% 48.4 (20)
1.008 (9) EV PDO 1.003 (11)
Corey Perry, 4 G Leader Zach Werenski, 2
Ryan Getzlaf, 7 A Leader Nick Foligno, 4
Ryan Getzlaf, 8 P Leader Zach Werenski, 5
Corey Perry, 10 PIM Leader Brandon Dubinsky, 11
0-3-2 Road / Home 1-1-1
3-3-2 Last 10 2-3-1

Blue Jackets probable lineup

Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sonny Milano
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Dalton Prout Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Ducks probable lineup

Nick Ritchie Antoine Vermette Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano Ryan Kesler Jakob Silfverberg
Ryan Garbutt Chris Wagner Emerson Etem
Joseph Cramarossa Michael Sgarbossa Jared Boll
Cam Fowler Josh Manson
Shea Theodore Kevin Bieksa
Clayton Stoner Sami Vatanen
John Gibson
Jonathan Bernier