Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00 EST
Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Copper and Blue
Edmonton Oilers (36-24-8, 80 pts, 2nd Pacific, 5th West)
Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-15, 79 pts, 4th Metro, 7th East)
The Columbus Blue Jackets continue the Western Canada roadtrip in Edmonton to take on the Oilers. The good news! Jones will be back on the blue line! Caleb Jones. For the other team.
The Oil have been led by a dynamic, powerhouse centerman who is in the midst of a ridiculous scoring binge. Leon Draisatl has a 43-67-110 point line. He also has a decent sidekick in Connor McDavid (32-63-95) who came back from injury to chip in on offense a little bit. In some ways, this has happened before – McDavid and Draisatl teaming up to be Edmonton’s only offense. Except…that’s not quite the case. Edmonton finally decided to split up the power pair. Could Draisatl carry his own line? Uh..yeah. Would it negatively impact McDavid? Nope! Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins get any kind of help? 21-38-59 implies ‘Yes’.
How good does this trade look now?!
The chink in Edmonton’s armor, and it’s probably larger than a chink, remains their defense (17th in GA) and perhaps an average goaltending duo, though Mikko Koskinen has been better than that lately. That’s papered over by the very good special teams. The best power play in the league may not be a surprise…the second-best penalty kill might be. If Columbus is going to do any damage, it’s more likely to come in normal 5v5 play.
The Blue Jackets are coming off an overtime loss to the Calgary Flames in which the team gave up an early 2-0 lead. The team was fairly outplayed for most of the game, but it seemed the defense would hold. It didn’t. At least a point was banked. Two points would be a nice thing, but the Oilers are going to be a tough opponent to do it against. Columbus has been able to put up at least 3 goals in 5 of their last 7 games. It just isn’t something that we can expect. The defense will have to stay tight and Korpisalo is going to have to keep his cool. I’d be pretty happy if Columbus can come away with a similar result to the Calgary game. It would be good if someone other than Zach Werenski can be a consistent offensive threat, but it’s more likely that scoring by committee will continue to be the only route for the Jackets.
Player to Watch
PLD has been the top point scorer for the CBJ this season but has, at times, also been noticeably…absent? Malleable? Tranquil? Pick a word that you like best as long as it means that he hasn’t always been present or that he’s been pushed around. He does have 1-3-4 in his last 5 games but the Jackets need more from the team’s #1 center. Perhaps he’ll get fired up by seeing Draisatl and McDavid skating around.
The team went dog sledding on their off-day…this included Elvis Merzlikins, who may play against Vancouver…Werenski’s 20 goals leads all defensemen in the league…Elvis’ 5 shutouts remains tied for first in the league…CBJ’s 2-4-4 record in their last 10 games has still allowed them to gain 2 pts on the New York Islanders and remain even with Carolina Hurricanes
The Other Bench
If it wasn’t for Draisatl and McDavid, this team wouldn’t be all that good!...James Neal sits at 19 goals. He needs two more for a fun condition to kick in from his trade…Kailer Yamamoto, 11-13-24, has been a sparkplug for Edmonton…Sam Gagner doesn’t play for Edmonton anymore…
10/30/2019 EDM @ CBJ – 4-1 Loss
3/7/2020 CBJ @ EDM
|3.16 (13)||GPG||2.60 (27)|
|3.04 (16)||GAPG||2.59 (4)|
|29.8% (1)||PP%||16.9% (25)|
|84.5% (2)||PK%||81.2% (T-13)|
|48.0% (16)||5v5 Corsi %||48.9% (20)|
|50.7% (22)||5v5 Fenwick %||51.0% (T-12)|
|8.5 (13)||5v5 Shot %||6.9 (28)|
|.910 (28)||5v5 Save %||.929 (5)|
|Leon Draisatl, 43||G Leader||Oliver Bjorkstrand, 21|
|Leon Draisatl, 67||A Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 30|
|Leon Draisatl, 110||P Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 48|
|Zack Kassian, 69||PIM Leader||Nick Foligno, 62|
|16-10-5||Home / Road||12-9-11|
|Gus Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Nick Foligno|
|Stefan Matteau||Riley Nash||Devin Shore|
|Alexander Wennberg||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Emil Bemstrom|
|Eric Robinson||Kevin Stenlund||Jakob Lilja|
|Zach Werenski||Ryan Murray|
|David Savard||Vladislav Gavrikov|
|Markus Nutivaara||Andrew Peeke|
|James Neal||Connor McDavid||Tyler Ennis|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Leon Draisatl||Kailer Yamamoto|
|Josh Archibald||Riley Sheahan||Zack Kassian|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Jujhar Khaira||Alex Chiasson|
|Darnell Nurse||Ethan Bear|
|Caleb Jones||Adam Larsson|
|Kris Russell||Matt Benning|