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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

With Philadelphia losing yesterday, the Columbus Blue Jackets now have the longest active win streak in the NHL. This afternoon, they go for their ninth straight.

John Tortorella has a chance to win his 500th game as an NHL coach tonight. When asked about this on Friday night, he brushed it off by saying “It just means I’m old.” It would be sweet for him to get this win against one of his former teams: a one year employment that did not go well. This season Torts is 3-0 against his former teams.

In roster news, Gregory Campbell was placed on waivers yesterday. If he clears today, that will terminate his contract with Columbus.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 4:00 EST
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Columbus Blue Jackets, 19-5-4, 42 points, 3rd Metro, 4th East

vs.

Vancouver Canucks, 13-16-2, 28 points, 6th Pacific, 12th West

Season Series

12/18/16 CBJ @ VAN
2/9/17 VAN @ CBJ

Stats

Vancouver Columbus
2.39 (22) GPG 3.32 (2)
3.06 (28) GAPG 2.04 (3)
14.3% (27) PP% 25.9% (1)
82.1% (15) PK% 82.3% (14)
49.12% (19) EV CF% 51.15% (13)
98.2 (27) EV PDO 102.5 (5)
Bo Horvat and Daniel Sedin, 9 G Leader Sam Gagner, 13
Henrik Sedin, 12 A Leader Alex Wennberg, 19
Daniel Sedin, 20 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 29
Derek Dorsett, 33 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 33
9-5-1 Home / Road 9-2-3
5-5-0 Last 10 9-0-1

Looking at the numbers, there is something to be said for us playing a stretch of weaker teams here. These have been games that Columbus - a good team - should win.

Projected Lineups

No changes expected for Columbus.

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney
Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Jannik Hansen
Loui Eriksson Brandon Sutter Markus Granlund
Sven Baertschi Bo Horvat Alexandre Burrows
Former Jacket Jack Skille Former Jacket Michael Chaput Jayson Megna
Ben Hutton Chris Tanev
Luca Sbisa Troy Stecher
Nikita Tryamkin Alex Biega
Ryan Miller
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