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Game #76 Preview/Gamethread: Golden State tour continues in Anaheim

Blue Jackets take on the Ducks.

Colombus Blue Jackets v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

Columbus Blue Jackets at Anaheim Ducks
Sunday, April 17, 2022 - 8:30 PM ET
Honda Center, Anaheim, California
TV: Bally Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s blog: Anaheim Calling

Columbus Blue Jackets, 35-34-6, 76 points, 6th Metro, 10th East
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Anaheim Ducks, 29-33-14, 72 points, 6th Pacific, 12th West

The Blue Jackets suffered a 2-1 loss to the Kings last night, but the California road trip rolls on tonight against the Ducks. In a quick turnaround, the Jackets were less than 20 hours from puck drop in Anaheim when the final horn sounded in LA. The Columbus skaters had a hard time finding their legs in the first period and hope to remedy that for tonight’s game.

Neither of these teams will compete for the Stanley Cup this year, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be storylines to watch. The youngsters will be a large focus - Johnson, Blankenburg, Sillinger, Zegras, and Drysdale, to name a few. There won’t be any standings shuffles tonight, but the Ducks sit only four points behind the Jackets for the coveted title of 12th worst team in the league.

Player to Watch
Gus Nyquist

The veteran Swede continues to make a positive impact for this team. He’s currently on a three game point streak and is 1-6-7 in the last seven games. A great individual effort by Gus led to the Jackets’ lone goal last night.

Jackets Notes

Boone Jenner is on this road trip, but it’s unclear whether or not he’ll play again before the season ends … Elvis Merzlikins has a combined save percentage of .925 over his last seven starts … Nick Blankenburg has 32:19 of ice time in 2 games and a CF% of 55.

Season Series

12/9/21 - ANA 2 @ CBJ 1
4/17/22 - CBJ @ ANA

Stats

Anaheim Columbus
2.75 (24) GPG 3.19 (12)
3.21 (22) GAPG 3.68 (29)
21.7% (12) PP% 17.4 (25)
81.0% (12) PK% 78.6% (19)
48.12% (20) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 47.44% (23)
48.25% (21) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.56% (25)
7.73 (24) 5v5 Shooting % 9.29 (4)
.914 (21) 5v5 Save % .908 (28)
Troy Terry, 34 G Leader Patrik Laine, 26
Trevor Zegras, 35 A Leader Jakub Voracek, 49
Troy Terry, 60 P Leader Patrik Laine, 56
Sam Carrick, 85 PIM Leader Vladislav Gavrikov, 60
13-16-9 Home / Road 16-19-2
2-5-3 Last 10 3-5-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Gus Nyquist Jack Roslovic Patrik Laine
Jake Voracek Cole Sillinger Emil Bemstrom
Kent Johnson Justin Danforth Oliver Bjorkstrand
Eric Robinson Sean Kuraly Carson Meyer
Zach Werenski Andrew Peeke
Vladislav Gavrikov Adam Boqvist
Nick Blankenburg Jake Bean
Elvis Merzlikins
J.F. Berube
Anaheim Ducks
Derek Grant Trevor Zegras Troy Terry
Adam Henrique Ryan Getzlaf Gerry Mayhew
Sonny Milano Isac Lundestrom Zach Aston-Reese
Sam Carrick Sam Steel Dominik Simon
Kevin Shattenkirk Cam Fowler
Jamie Drysdale Urho Vaakanainen
Andrej Sustr Josh Mahura
Anthony Stolarz
John Gibson

This is also the gamethread, so join us during the game in the comments below. Go Jackets!