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Game #62 Preview/Gamethread: Capitals @ Jackets

Let’s keep the wins coming!

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 7:00 EDT
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Japers’ Rink

Columbus Blue Jackets (31-27-3, 65 points, 5th Metro, 9th East)

vs.

Washington Capitals (33-18-10, 76 points, 4th Metro, 8th East)

After a solid 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators last night, the Blue Jackets are looking to keep the momentum going against a strong Metro opponent and consistent headache-causing team for the CBJ.

Player to Watch

Patrik Laine

Feels only appropriate that we spend St. Patrick’s Day with an eye on Patrik Laine, who has finally been hitting his much-anticipated groove with the Blue Jackets. Despite a series of physical and personal hardships that defined the first part of his season, Laine has risen from the ashes as the player many expected him to be since the day he was acquired. Currently tied for points leader on the team with Oliver Bjorkstrand (45), I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him secure the top points spot tonight.

Jackets Notes

Danforth and Voracek are both welcome additions to the lineup as of last night, and Adam Boqvist has been skating with the team, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be on the roster quite yet. Elvis played a solid game last night, as did Vladislav Gavrikov - both of whom had some sloppy moments in a few of the games prior. Glad to see they’re tightening up as the season rushes to a close.

The Other Bench

Despite being plagued by injuries this season, the Capitals are 5-0-1 in their last six, because of course. Ovechkin just recently surpassed Jaromir Jagr to become third all-time in NHL goals, which is an exceptionally cool feat at the elderly NHL age of 36.

Season Series

11/12/21 WSH 4 @ CBJ 3
12/4/21 CBJ 1 @ WSH 3
2/8/22 CBJ 5 @ WSH 4
3/17/22 WSH @ CBJ

Stats

Washington Columbus
3.25 (11) GPG 3.26 (10)
2.79 (10) GAPG 3.62 (30)
18.6% (22) PP% 18.1% (24)
80.7% (12) PK% 79.4% (17)
50.3% (14) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.0% (26)
51.0% (13) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.3% (30)
9.2 (7) 5v5 Shooting % 9.4 (6)
.923 (11) 5v5 Save % .907 (30)
Alex Ovechkin, 37 G Leader Boone Jenner and Patrik Laine, 23
Evgeny Kuznetsov, 40 A Leader Jakub Voracek, 40
Alex Ovechkin, 72 P Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND and Patrik Laine, 45
Tom Wilson, 70 PIM Leader Sean Kuraly, 47
18-7-5 Home / Road 17-12-3
6-3-1 Last 10 4-4-2

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gus Nyquist Jack Roslovic Patrik Laine
Max Domi Cole Sillinger Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Jake Voracek Justin Danforth Yegor Chinakhov
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Emil Bemstrom
Zach Werenski Andrew Peeke
Vladislav Gavrikov Jake Bean
Gabriel Carlsson Dean Kukan
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins
Washington Capitals
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov Conor Sheary
Anthony Mantha Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Daniel Sprong Connor McMichael Tom Wilson
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby Nic Dowd Garnet Hathaway
Martin Fehervary John Carlson
Dmitri Orlov Nick Jensen
Trevor Van Riemsdyk Justin Schultz
Vitek Vanecek
Ilya Samsonov