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Game #22 Preview: Jackets seek revenge against Leaves

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and hope to avoid a turkey hangover

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-7-2, 26 points, 1st Metro, 4th East)

vs.

Toronto Maple Leaves (15-7-0, 30 points, 2nd Atlantic, 2nd East)

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? Be safe if you join the hordes on Black Friday. Personally, you couldn’t pay me to go out shopping today. It almost makes it worth it to have to go into the office instead. We’ve got hockey tonight at Nationwide, with a rematch of a closely-battled loss in Toronto on Monday.

Player to Watch

Cam Atkinson

Cam is red hot right now, with a 5 game goal streak. He earned First Star of the Week in the NHL last week after a hat trick against Carolina. With 13 goals in 20 games, he’s on pace to score over 40 goals this year.

Jackets Notes

The rest of Cam’s line isn’t so shabby, with 22 points from Artemi Panarin and 19 points from Pierre-Luc Dubois...Who should start in goal tonight? Tomorrow is a divisional game against the hated Penguins, but they’re reeling so Toronto may be the tougher matchup.

The Other Bench

While Columbus has not played since Monday, Toronto played on Wednesday and lost 5-2 at Carolina...Pension Plan Puppets assess the Leaves at the quarter season mark...I’m fully aware it’s “Maple Leafs” and not “Maple Leaves” but I’ve gotten angry tweets and emails in the past from Toronto fans and that’s hilarious so I’m not going to stop saying “Leaves.”

Season Series

11/19/2018 CBJ 2 @ TOR 4
11/23/2018 TOR @ CBJ
12/28/2018 TOR @ CBJ

Stats

Toronto Columbus
3.45 (4) GPG 3.38 (8)
2.64 (4) GAPG 3.14 (18)
25.0% (7) PP% 16.4% (24)
80.7% (12) PK% 77.6% (21)
49.30% (19) EV Corsi % 49.23% (21)
103.1 (1) EV PDO 101.1 (9)
John Tavares, 14 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 13
Mitch Marner, 22 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 17
Mitch Marner,28 P Leader Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson, 22
Zach Hyman and Nazem Kadri, 14 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 30
9-2-0 Home / Road 5-4-1
7-3-0 Last 10 6-2-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Brandon Dubinsky Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Markus Hannikainen Riley Nash Anthony Duclair
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Zach Werenski Scott Harrington
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Toronto Maple Leaves
Zach Hyman John Tavares Mitch Marner
Patrick Marleau Nazem Kadri Kasperi Kapanen
Andreas Johnsson Par Lindholm Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis Frederik Gauthier Josh Leivo
Morgan Rielly Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott Igor Ozhiganov
Frederik Andersen
Garret Sparks