Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 8:00 EST
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Defending Big D
The weird thing about writing previews this season is that there’s a good chance the Jackets are in the midst of a 2 or 3 game set. Not a lot of news can happen in a couple of days. Last time out, the CBJ jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Dallas before holding on at the end for a 3-2 victory. Dallas hadn’t scored in roughly 14 years, but managed to get a couple by Joonas Korpisalo in the 3rd period.
A few questions:
Is this turnaround for the Jackets the start of something good? Did the team decide to put as much support as they could behind Jarmo’s vote of confidence? Or is this a blip? I think a third win puts the argument to rest in favor of ‘something good’.
Then there’s Dallas. Was their offensive explosion (relatively speaking...I mean, they’d been shutout over 26 games or something) a result of something clicking? Or was it the oft result of the Tortle? I prefer to blame the Tortle.
No lineup updates posted as of this writing, but I’m somewhat hoping Korpi gets a breather. Though Elvis is skating again - perhaps he’s close to returning.
Player to Watch
I actually wanted this preview to be an Ode to Boone Jenner, but I had to mention Dallas, apparently. Just about every other player on this team has had a rough stretch (or season). Except Boone. Let’s look at a few numbers:
15 points in 25 games — an 82 game pace of 49, which would be his best season since the 2015-16 season.
Only 2 PIM so far this season.
A FO% of 55.8 - a career high
30 blocked shots in 25 games - on pace for 98 in 82 games, a career high
A 15.4 shooting percentage, a career high, but he’s doing it by scoring in the crease.
Only 2 of his 15 points are on special teams - 1 on the power play and 1 on the penalty kill
Boone Jenner is having the best season of his career, imo, and I think it’s because he’s finally able to play wing again full time. Torts has botched plenty of things this season - I suppose as all coaches do - but he has almost entirely left Boone on the wing and that’s been to the team’s benefit.
So here’s to Boone Jenner! Keep it up.
02/02/21 DAL 6 @ CBJ 3
02/04/21 DAL 3 @ CBJ 4
03/04/21 CBJ 3 @ DAL 2
03/06/21 CBJ @ DAL
03/13/21 DAL @ CBJ
03/14/21 DAL @ CBJ
04/15/21 CBJ @ DAL
04/17/21 CBJ @ DAL
Magic Eight Ball Lineups
|Patrik Laine||Jack Roslovic||Cam Atkinson|
|Emil Bemstrom||Riley Nash||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Eric Robinson||Boone Jenner||Nick Foligno|
|Max Domi||Alexandre Texier||Kevin Stenlund|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Gabriel Carlsson||David Savard|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Michael Del Zotto|
|Jamie Benn||Roope Hintz||Joe Pavelski|
|Joel Kiviranta||Jason Dickinson||Denis Gurianov|
|Andrew Cogliano||Radek Faksa||Blake Comeau|
|Nicholas Caamano||Tanner Kero||Ty Dellandrea|
|Esa Lindell||John Klingberg|
|Jamie Oleksiak||Miro Heiskanen|
|Andrej Sekera||Mark Pysyk|
|2.67 (24)||GPG||2.72 (22)|
|2.67 (10)||GAPG||3.12 (T-23)|
|25.8% (8)||PP%||16.9% (24)|
|78.8% (17)||PK%||73.7% (26)|
|50.8% (10)||5v5 Corsi %||46.1% (31)|
|49.8% (13)||5v5 Fenwick %||47.1% (29)|
|6.8% (28)||5v5 Shot %||8.2% (13)|
|.928 (7)||5v5 Save %||.916 (19)|
|Joe Pavelski, 10||G Leader||Cam Atkinson, 10|
|John Klingberg, 12||A Leader||Seth Jones, 12|
|Joe Pavelski, 21||P Leader||Cam Atkinson, 19|
|John Klingberg, Jamie Oleksiak, 15||PIM Leader||Oliver Bjorkstrand, Max Domi, 23|
|4-3-3||Home / Road||4-6-2|