Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 9:00PM EST
Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, Alberta
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 105.7 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline
The two hottest teams in their respective conferences face off tonight in Calgary. Ok, so maybe the Blue Jackets aren’t piping hot, but they do share the longest current win streak in the Eastern Conference with the Penguins. On the other side of the ice, the Flames have won six in a row and can take the lead in the Pacific division with a win tonight.
Remember when the Blue Jackets were awful on the road? From late November through early January, it seemed like they couldn’t buy a road win. With a win tonight, the Jackets would climb back to .500 on the road. That being said, they need to take care of business first.
Player to Watch
The Finn is on fire. With a scoring line of 7-5-12 in the last six games, Laine is giving us a taste of what he has the ability to be — a game changing winger. When he’s on his game, he’s dangerous from anywhere on the ice. Patrik was named the second star of the week by the NHL after leading the Jackets to three straight wins. He’s also climbed his way back to the point per game pace he was on prior to being injured earlier in the season.
Don’t expect any lineup changes tonight. Coaches typically don’t like to mess with what is working.
Oliver Bjorkstrand is on a three game point streak and has been developing some chemistry with Laine ... Jakub Voracek is on a four game point streak and is tied for fifth in the league in primary assists ... Elvis Merzlikins has had a rough couple of weeks on the stats sheet, but hopefully his 31 save performance in Montreal will help him regain his confidence.
1/26/22 CGY 6 @ CBJ 0
2/15/22 CBJ @ CGY
|3.33 (8)||GPG||3.13 (13)|
|2.40 (2)||GAPG||3.61 (30)|
|21.4% (13)||PP%||17.2% (23)|
|84.5% (3)||PK%||80.2% (15)|
|55.35% (2)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||47.90% (21)|
|55.02% (3)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||46.86% (25)|
|8.27% (15)||5v5 Shooting %||8.98% (8)|
|.929 (4)||5v5 Save %||.906 (29)|
|Andrew Mangiapane, 24||G Leader||Boone Jenner, 19|
|Matthew Tkachuk, 29||A Leader||Jakub Voracek, 30|
|Matthew Tkachuk, 50||P Leader||Boone Jenner, 33|
|Erik Gudbranson, 49||PIM Leader||Andrew Peeke, 30|
|10-4-4||Home / Road||11-12-0|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Patrik Laine||Boone Jenner||Oliver BJORKSTRAND|
|Jakub Voracek||Cole Sillinger||Yegor Chinakhov|
|Gus Nyquist||Sean Kuraly||Max Domi|
|Brendan Gaunce||Jack Roslovic||Trey Fix-Wolansky|
|Zach Werenski||Andrew Peeke|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Adam Boqvist|
|Gavin Bayreuther||Dean Kukan|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Elias Lindholm||Matthew Tkachuk|
|Andrew Mangiapane||Mikael Backlund||Blake Coleman|
|Milan Lucic||Adam Ruzicka||Trevor Lewis|
|Brett Ritchie||Sean Monahan||Dillon Dube|
|Rasmus Andersson||Noah Hanifin|
|Erik Gudbranson||Nikita Zadorov|
|Christopher Tanev||Oliver Kylington|