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Game #70 Preview: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Boston Bruins, 42-18-9, 93 points, 2nd Atlantic, 2nd East
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Columbus Blue Jackets, 38-28-3, 79 points, 4th Metro, 8th East

Columbus was shut out for the first time this season in December, the Washington Capitals game in which the Columbus Blue Jackets were dumped 4-0 on home ice. The team has been shut out five more times this season since that game on December 8, 2018. Last night was the third time since the trade deadline the team failed to get on the score sheet. For all the talk of improved offensive prowess, the lines are failing to click consistently at the most critical time of the season.

The Boston Bruins are in town tonight, and the Jackets need to beat that juggernaut to make up for last night’s disappointing result on the road. Here’s hoping they respond as necessary.

Player to Watch

Brad Marchand

Face licker extraordinaire, Brad Marchand has been on fire this season, on Twitter as well as on the ice. He leads the Bruins in assists, points, and penalty minutes. He has developed into arguably the best left wing in hockey, anchoring one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Marchand makes his impact felt every shift, and will be a force to watch on the ice tonight.

Jackets Notes

The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored two goals in nine periods against the New York Islanders this season ... Sergei Bobrovsky has only allowed two goals in his last two starts ... Artemi Panarin has just 0-2-2 in his last six games ... Seth Jones played 27:10

The Other Bench

Lee Stempniak was reassigned to Providence yesterday ... Boston saw a 19 game point streak end Sunday night in Pittsburgh ... David Pastrnak did not travel with the Bruins and will not play ... David Krejci has 6-10-16 in his last 13 games

Season Series

03/12/2019 BOS @ CBJ
03/16/2019 CBJ @ BOS
04/02/2019 BOS @ CBJ

Stats

Boston Columbus
2.97 (16) GPG 3.06 (11)
2.46 (2) GAPG 2.96 (13)
26.6% (4) PP% 15.0% (28)
81.4% (9) PK% 84.4% (3)
52.48% (7) EV Corsi % 50.35% (13)
1.001 (11) EV PDO 0.997 (18)
David Pastrnak, 31 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 38
Brad Marchand, 54 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 48
Brad Marchand, 82 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 73
Brad Marchand, 90 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 56
15-11-6 Home / Road 18-16-2
8-1-1 Last 10 5-5-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Oliver Bjorkstrand
Brandon Dubinsky Alexander Wennberg Riley Nash
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Scott Harrington Adam McQuaid
Joonas Korpisalo
Sergei Bobrovsky
Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom David Krejci Lee Stempniak/td>
Peter Cehlarik Charlie Coyle David Backes
Sean Kuraly Noel Acciari Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug Brandon Carlo
John Moore Matt Grzelcek
Tuukka Rask
Jaroslav Halak