Columbus Blue Jackets, 32-22-15, 79 points, 5th Metro, 8th East
Vancouver Canucks, 35-26-6, 76 points, 4th Pacific, 7th West
If the Columbus Blue Jackets want to salvage anything from this trip to western Canada, the team should probably find a way to salvage third periods.
Against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, the Jackets gave up two goals in the third period before falling in overtime. Last night, after playing well and dominating the Edmonton Oilers everywhere but the scoreboard for the first forty minutes, the Oilers put three past Joonas Korpisalo to blow the game open in the final twenty and send the Jackets to their eleventh loss in thirteen games.
Thankfully for the Jackets, no one else in the Metropolitan Division seems to want to win right now either. If the Jackets are going to make the postseason, however, they cannot simply rely on others to lose (especially when all of the other teams have games in hand).
After a comeback win in the third period last Sunday against these same Canucks, now would be an excellent chance to put together a complete game and come home with two much needed points in the bag. Time is running out and the Jackets don’t have many games left - they cannot afford to let more points slip away.
Player to Watch
He’s back! After backing up Korpisalo last night, Elvis is expected to get the start against the Canucks tonight. Elvis was playing well before he was hurt on a play in which he was run over by Anthony Duclair and missed about two weeks with what is officially being called an upper body injury. Elvis has been a rock behind the Blue Jackets defense and, if this team is going to make a run at the playoffs, he will have to do so again tonight.
With Elvis’ return, the Jackets have assigned Matiss Kivlenieks to Cleveland ... With his goal last week against the Canucks, Werenski became the first Blue Jackets defenseman to hit 20 goals in franchise history ... Tonight will be Werenski’s 300th professional game for the Jackets ... oh, and Ryan Murray is out again
The Other Bench
JT Miller has 27-44-71 since joining the Canucks from the Tampa Bay Lightning this past summer ... The Canucks are coming into this game on the heels of a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche with two points each from Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon ... The Canucks are expected to be without Brock Boeser, Jay Beagle, and Jacob Markstrom (among others) tonight
03/01/2020 VAN 3 @ CBJ 5
03/08/2020 CBJ @ VAN
|3.25 (9)||GPG||2.58 (27)|
|3.06 (15)||GAPG||2.61 (4)|
|24.3% (3)||PP%||16.0% (26)|
|80.7% (15)||PK%||81.4% (13)|
|48.4% (22)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||49.1% (18)|
|49.0% (20)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||50.9% (13)|
|8.5 (12)||5v5 Shot %||6.8 (29)|
|.920 (14)||5v5 Save %||.928 (5)|
|J.T. Miller, 27||G Leader||Oliver Bjorkstrand, 21|
|J.T. Miller, 44||A Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 30|
|J.T. Miller 71||P Leader||Pierre-Luc Dubois, 48|
|Alexander Edler, 62||PIM Leader||Nick Foligno, 62|
|21-8-4||Home / Road||12-10-11|
|Gus Nyquist||Boone Jenner||Nick Foligno|
|Alexander Wennberg||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Emil Bemstrom|
|Jakob Lilja||Devin Shore||Stefan Matteau|
|Eric Robinson||Riley Nash||Kevin Stenlund|
|Zach Werenski||Markus Nutivaara|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||David Savard|
|Scott Harrington||Andrew Peeke|
|Elias Pettersson||J.T. Miller||Tyler Toffoli|
|Loui Eriksson||Bo Horvat||Tanner Pearson|
|Tyler Motte||Jay Beagle||Brandon Sutter|
|Antoine Roussel||Adam Gaudette||Jake Virtanen|
|Quinn Hughes||Chris Tanev|
|Oscar Fantenberg||Tyler Myers|
|Alexander Edler||Troy Stecher|