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Game #14: Jackets hope to put out Flames with a sonic boom

Because trying a spinning piledriver is iffy against a Yoga Flame

NHL: MAR 19 Blue Jackets at Flames Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 7:00 EST

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM

Opponent’s Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline

Calgary Flames (7-6-2, 16 pts, 5th Pacific, 8th West)

vs.

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-5-3, 13 pts, 6th Metro, 12th East)

The Blue Jackets return home to take on the Calgary Flames. The Flames were last seen beating Nashville in OT with a fairly above-average goal, I guess, from Matthew Tkachuk. It wasn’t no Sonny Milano, but it was aight.

Calgary made some offseason news when the team traded for Milan Lucic in a move to make the Flames ‘tougher to play against’. He has 3 assists in 15 games and 26 PIM. That might be what Calgary was hoping for but… doesn’t seem like the kind of addition that gets you to the playoffs. On the other hand, their offense is poor, but better than Columbus’. So are the Calgary special teams. I think the Jackets can take the win, though.

Columbus is playing its second game in two nights after falling to the St. Louis Blues in overtime last night. Silver lining from that result is that St. Louis scored so quickly, the fellas didn’t get too tired out from their 6th OT game of the year. Elvis Merzlikins played well but St. Louis was able to take advantage of defensive gaffes from the forwards to take the win. Oliver Bjorkstrand and the power play got on the board, but the penalty kill gave up two more. There’s plenty of work still to do. I expect Joonas Korpisalo to get the call. Hopefully, Markus Nutivaara does a well.

Player to Watch

Cam Atkinson

12 games. 6 points. 3 goals. None on 5v5.

Watch him. Mayhaps the weight of our collective vision will help him score some goals.

Jackets Notes

Oliver Bjorkstrand finally collected his 100th point of his career…Scott Harrington earned his first point of the season against St. Louis…Well, you all saw the game yesterday, you’re pretty much caught up…

The Other Bench

Johnny Gaudreau hit 400 points for his career in the OT win against Nashville…Calgary has alternated wins and losses in the last 8 games…Austin Czarnik (Go Redhawks!) is on the IR list with a lower body injury…

Season Series

11/2/2019 CGY @ CBJ

3/4/2020 CBJ @ CGY

Stats (as of 11:30pm est, last night)

Calgary Columbus
2.73 (22) GPG 2.62 (26)
3.07 (16) GAPG 3.62 (26)
16.7% (21) PP% 14.6% (25)
87.5% (3) PK% 73.2% (26)
50.79% (13) 5v5 Corsi % 49.26% (21)
49.36% (18) 5v5 Fenwick % 50.22% (15)
7.1% (20) 5v5 Shot % 6.0% (28)
.906 (t-22) 5v5 Save % .906 (t-22)
Elias Lindholm, 9 G Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 6
Johnny Gaudreau, 10 A Leader Seth Jones, 6
Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, 13 P Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 10
Milan Lucic, 26 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 13
3-5-1 Home / Road 3-3-1
5-4-1 Last 10 4-3-3

Projected Lineups:

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gustav Nyquist Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Jakob Lilja Riley Nash Emil Bemstrom
Vladislav Gavrikov Seth Jones
Zach Werenski Dean Kukan
Scott Harrington David Savard
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Calgary Flames
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Andrew Mangiapane Derek Ryan Sam Bennett
Milan Lucic Mark Jankowski Alan Quine
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin Travis Hamonic
Oliver Kylington Rasmus Andersson
David Rittich
Cam Talbot