Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-5-2, 12 points, 5th Metro, 11th East
St. Louis Blues, 7-3-3, 17 points, 3rd Central, 5th West
Well, it would be nice to win this one.
The Blue Jackets head into tonight’s matchup with the Blues on the heels of a meltdown against the Philadelphia Flyers and then a no-show against the Edmonton Oilers. The Jackets allowed four goals on 12 shots to the Oilers before Joonas Korpisalo was yanked in favor of Elvis Merzlikins.
Now the Jackets look to get back on track against ... the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Luckily, the Jackets are catching the Blues in a slump. The Blues are just 5-3-2 in their last ten and have lost Vladimir Tarasenko for the next five months.
After coming on in relief of Korpisalo on Wednesday night, Elvis Merzlikins saved every shot he saw from the Oilers. Elvis, after struggling in his NHL debut, has looked better in each of his last two appearances and is making the case for more playing time.
The Jackets have been outscored 9-2 in their last four periods of hockey. Tonight they must find a way to get back to their winning ways and play solid defense without the mental mistakes that plagued them on Wednesday. Let’s shoot for zero too many men on the ice penalties tonight as a first step, shall we?
Player to Watch
Last season’s Conn Smythe winner is currently tied for the Blues’ points lead with 13 thus far this season - to go along with three goals, the center has ten assists in 13 games played. In 28 career games against the Blue Jackets, O’Reilly has posted a 6-13-19 line, including two shorthanded tallies. The Jackets will have to rise to the occasion of stopping O’Reilly, particularly now that Tarasenko is no longer on his wing. O’Reilly comes into the game tonight with 2-4-6 in his last five games.
With the Jackets playing a back to back tonight and at home tomorrow against the Calgary Flames, the team recalled Markus Hannikainen for an extra forward to take on the trip as Alexandre Texier is on the injured reserve list ... Zach Werenski scored his 41st goal for the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, tying him with Rostislav Klesa for the most goals by a defenseman in Blue Jackets history ... The Jackets scored a power play goal on Wednesday, just their second in their last 27 opportunities, but also managed just one quality chance on a 5-3 that lasted 1:47 ... Merzlikins made 19 saves in his Nationwide Arena debut in relief of Korpisalo
The Other Bench
The Blues defeated the Wild to send to the Wild to 1-8 on the road this season in their last outing ... After signing an eight year contract extension with the Blues in September, Brayden Schenn leads the Blues in goals this season with nine in 13 games played ... Defenseman and captain Alex Pietrangelo has nine points his first 13 games for the team, but there is concern among some fans that Roman Josi’s recent extension means that Pietrangelo’s time in St. Louis is nearing its end
11/01/2019 CBJ @ STL
11/15/2019 STL @ CBJ
|3.00 (17)||GPG||2.58 (25)|
|3.00 (15)||GAPG||3.58 (27)|
|23.8% (12)||PP%||13.2% (25)|
|82.5% (12)||PK%||75.7% (24)|
|47.56% (24)||5v5 Corsi %||49.49% (18)|
|47.73% (24)||5v5 Fenwick %||50.70% (13)|
|8.36% (16)||5v5 Shot %||7.14% (24)|
|.918 (16)||5v5 Save %||.916 (19)|
|Brayden Schenn, 9||G Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 5|
|Ryan O’Reilly, 10||A Leader||Seth Jones, 6|
|Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, 13||P Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 8|
|David Perron, 12||PIM Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 13|
|4-1-2||Home / Road||2-2-1|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Nick Foligno||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Cam Atkinson|
|Gustav Nyquist||Alexander Wennberg||Oliver Bjorkstand|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Markus Nutivaara||David Savard|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Dean Kukan|
St. Louis Blues
|Jaden Schwartz||Brayden Schenn||Sammy Blais|
|Zach Sanford||Ryan O’Reilly||David Perron|
|Alexander Steen||Tyler Bozak||Robert Thomas|
|Mackenzie MacEachern||Ivan Barbashev||Oskar Sundqvist|
|Colton Parayko||Alex Pietrangelo|
|Jay Bouwmeester||Justin Faulk|
|Vince Dunn||Carl Gunnarsson|