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Will the Blue Jackets return home with a new addition?

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00 EST
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Silver Seven

Columbus Blue Jackets (33-23-3, 69 points, 5th Metro, 9th East)

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Ottawa Senators (22-33-5, 49 points, 8th Atlantic, 16th East)

The Blue Jackets have lost two straight after winning five out of their previous six games. That brief skid has been enough to briefly drop them out of a playoff position. A win tonight, however, could vault them over Pittsburgh and Carolina for third place in the Metro. Their opponent is the worst team in the league, and looking to get even worse after a pending fire sale. At least they have the Jack Hughes sweepstakes to look forward to!

Wait, what’s that? Oh. Oh, Ottawa. Oh no.

Player to Watch

Artemi Panarin

Bread should be recovered from his illness, and if not may I offer this suggestion to get through the game:

Jackets Notes

The Jackets traveled in style to the game, taking a train yesterday from Montreal:

The Other Bench

The Senators played last night in New Jersey, and got shut out 4-0 ... You feel bad about losing our two best players? Ottawa is about to lose THREE of their best players. Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel were scratched last night. How good are those three?

Yowza. Sure would be nice to leave town with one of those players in tow.

Season Series

12/31/2018 OTT 3 @ CBJ 6
02/22/2019 CBJ @ OTT
04/06/2019 CBJ @ OTT

Stats

Ottawa Columbus
3.10 (11) GPG 3.19 (10)
3.72 (31) GAPG 3.03 (15)
21.4% (12) PP% 15.5% (27)
77.0% (27) PK% 83.2% (5)
44.97% (31) EV Corsi % 50.03% (13)
100.0 (13) EV PDO 100.0 (13)
Mark Stone, 28 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 32
Chris Tierney and Mark Stone, 34 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 43
Mark Stone, 62 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 67
Mark Borowiecki, 81 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 54
14-12-4 Home / Road 18-10-1
3-7-0 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Eric Robinson Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Brandon Dubinsky Riley Nash Markus Hannikainen
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Hott Scarrington Dean Kukan
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Ottawa Senators
Brady Tkachuk Colin White Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith Jean-Gabriel Pageau Magnus Paajarvi
Rudolfs Balcers Chris Tierney Mikkel Boedker
Filip Chlapik Darren Archibald
Thomas Chabot Dylan Demelo
Maxime Lajoie Cody Ceci
Ben Harpur Christian Jaros/Cody Goloubef
Filip Gustavsson
Anders Nilsson