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Game #59 Preview/Gamethread: Getting Wild in Columbus

Can’t be any worse than last night, right?

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Columbus Blue Jackets Jason Mowry-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, March 11, 2022 - 7:00 ET
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally’s Sports Ohio - Radio: 105.7FM
Opponent’s Blog: Hockey Wilderness

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-27-3, 59 points, 5th Metro, 9th East)
vs.
Minnesota Wild (34-19-3, 71 points, 3rd Central, 5th West)

Well, I shan’t be dwelling on last night’s 6-0 loss to the Islanders, and I suggest you don’t either. The Jackets have a chance to right the ship (which has been slowly sinking over their four-game losing streak) tonight at home against the Minnesota Wild.

Player to Watch

I’m going to paint with a broad brush here and say I’ll be on the lookout for any one single Blue Jackets player who can score a goal! Any one of you! I would love to see it.

Eric Robinson is back in the lineup as of this week, so I’ll keep an eye on him for his first home game since he’s been back on the roster. He wasn’t impactful last night but he’s got to shake the rust off, right?

Jackets’ Notes

There was an issue with the Jackets’ airplane last night, so they were not able to return to Columbus until this morning, leaving some uncertainty around the lineup. Elvis had a night off last night so I bet we’ll see him in net tonight, but I’ve been wrong before. Justin Danforth left the game last night with a lower-body injury and did not return.

The Other Bench

Despite having a strong season so far, the Wild have lost six of their last ten, but are currently on a two-game win streak. With 71 points, the Wild are solidly in third place as playoff contenders in the Central Division. Kirill Kaprizov is one of the most impactful scorers on the team, known as “Kirill the Thrill,” which is one of the most amazing nicknames I’ve personally ever heard. He’s currently got 72 points on the season, tied for sixth in the NHL, with 29 goals and 43 assists. Not too shabby! Look out for him tonight.

Season Series

3/11/22 CBJ VS. MIN
3/26/22 CBJ @ MIN

Stats

Minnesota Columbus
3.73 (3) GPG 3.28 (10)
3.23 (23) GAPG 3.69 (30)
20.2% (17) PP% 17.8% (24)
76.2% (23) PK% 79.3% (18)
50.8% (13) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.1% (25)
50.7% (14) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.3% (30)
10.3% (1) 5v5 Shooting % 9.4% (6)
.913 (23) 5v5 Save % .906 (30)
Kirill "The Thrill" Kaprizov, 29 G Leader Boone Jenner, 23
Kirill Kaprizov, 43 A Leader Jakub Voracek, 40
Kirill Kaprizov, 72 P Leader Boone Jenner, 44
Marcus Foligno, 93 PIM Leader Vladislav Gavrikov, 42
17-13-2 Home / Road 15-12-3
4-6-0 Last 10 4-4-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Gus Nyquist Boone Jenner Patrik Laine
Jakub Voracek Jack Roslovic Oliver Bjorkstrand
Max Domi Cole Sillinger Justin Danforth
Yegor Chinakhov Sean Kuraly Eric Robinson
Zach Werenski Andrew Peeke
Dean Kukan Vladislav Gavrikov
Gabriel Carlsson Jake Bean
Elvis Merzlikins
Joonas Korpisalo

Minnesota Wild

Kirill Kaprizov Ryan Hartman Mats Zuccarello
Kevin Fiala Frederick Gaudreau Matthew Boldy
Jordan Greenway Joel Eriksson Ek Marcus Foligno
Brandon Duhaime Nico Sturm Nick Bjugstad
Jonas Brodin Mathew Dumba
Alex Goligoski Jared Spurgeon
Jon Merrill Dmitry Kulikov
Kaapo Kahkonen
Cam Talbot