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Game #68 Preview: Jackets rematch the Islanders

The Jackets were so close on Tuesday - can they get the win tonight?

NHL: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 7:00 EDT
UBS Arena - Elmont, New York
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Lighthouse Hockey

New York Islanders (29-27-9, 67 points, 6th Metro, 10th East)


Columbus Blue Jackets (32-30-5, 69 points, 5th Metro, 9th East)

After an exciting but ultimately disappointing loss on Tuesday, the Jackets are back at it again with the Islanders in New York tonight. The Jackets were right on the precipice of a comeback on Tuesday, but couldn’t crack the Islanders in the final minutes of the game. My suggestion for success tonight would be not putting ourselves in a position where we have to come back from a three-goal deficit, but they’re not paying me the big bucks to call the shots, so take that advice with a grain of salt.

Player to Watch

Patrik Laine

When asked if he was intending to set Vladislav Gavrikov up for a rebound on Tuesday night, Laine quickly responded, “No. I shoot to score.” I’m thinking that means he’s looking for at least one goal tonight!

Jackets Notes

Brad Larsen (COVID protocols), Zach Werenski (upper-body injury), and Boone Jenner (back injury) will not be traveling to Long Island ... Pascal Vincent will still be standing in for Larsen ... I haven’t seen anything to the contrary that Elvis is starting, but I would love to see Berube get a shot. Elvis has been letting in a lot of goals lately!

The Other Bench

The Islanders have a chance to tie the Jackets in points if they come away with another win tonight. And that’s all I have to say about that!

Season Series

10/21/21 - NYI 2 @ CBJ 3
3/10/22 - CBJ 0 @ NYI 6
3/29/22 - NYI 4 @ CBJ 3
3/31/22 - CBJ @ NYI


New York Columbus
2.72 (24) GPG 3.21 (13)
2.69 (5) GAPG 3.70 (30)
20.6% (18) PP% 18.9% (23)
83.2% (6) PK% 77.4% (20)
46.4% (28) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.4% (24)
46.7% (24) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.6% (26)
8.3 (16) 5v5 Shooting % 9.2 (6)
.927 (4) 5v5 Save % .908 (28)
Brock Nelson, 32 G Leader Patrik Laine, 25
Mathew Barzal, 32 A Leader Jakub Voracek, 44
Brock Nelson, 48 P Leader Patrik Laine, 51
Zdeno Chara, 77 PIM Leader Sean Kuraly, 55
17-13-4 Home / Road 14-16-2
6-3-1 Last 10 4-4-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gus Nyquist Jack Roslovic Patrik Laine
Jake Voracek Cole Sillinger Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Justin Danforth
Emil Bemstrom Brendan Gaunce Yegor Chinakhov
Zach Werenski Andrew Peeke
Vladislav Gavrikov Jake Bean
Dean Kukan Adam Boqvist
Elvis Merzlikins
J.F. Berube
New York Islanders
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Anthony Beauvillier
Josh Bailey Jean-Gabriel Pageau Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise Mathew Barzal Oliver Wahlstrom
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Ross Johnston
Noah Dobson Zdeno Chara
Ryan Pulock Adam Pelech
Grant Hutton Andy Greene
Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov