Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:30 P.M. EST
Rogers Place - Edmonton, Alberta
TV: TNT; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Copper and Blue
Columbus Blue Jackets (14-30-3, 31 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)
Edmonton Oilers (27-18-3, 57 points, 4th Metro, 6th West)
The Blue Jackets continue to be a baffling team. In their last three games they have had periods where they were absolutely dominated, but also periods where they scored in bunches. The latest example was a nationally televised game on Monday night where they erased deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 before losing to Calgary in overtime. As they play another game in front of the hockey world, can they put together a consistently competitive 60 minutes?
Player to Watch
Confession: Last season, I bought into the idea that Auston Matthews had surpassed Connor McDavid as the best hockey player in the world. Given his Hart Trophy victory, I wasn’t the only one. Now, I don’t regret this; Matthews did score 60 scores. McDavid had “only” 44 but led the league with 123 points, for his fourth Art Ross Trophy in seven seasons.
The first sign that McDavid had another level was in the postseason, as he led the Oilers to the Western Conference Finals behind a 10/23/33 effort in 16 games. This year he has 40/48/88 in 48 games, or a 150 point pace. That’s insane!
Let’s just resign ourselves to the fact that McDavid will collect a couple of points tonight. Can the Jackets keep pace?
In the third period vs. Calgary, Brad Larsen used just nine forwards. Jack Roslovic, Emil Bemstrom, and Mathieu Olivier did not play ... Patrik Laine has six points in his last three games, including a goal and two assists on Monday ... Joonas Korpisalo has started two straight games and faced 49 shots in his last appearance, so look for Elvis Merzlikins to get the start tonight.
The Other Bench
Our old friend Ryan Murray was placed on LTIR last week due to a back injury that has kept him out of the lineup since late November ... Evander Kane is scoreless in his three games since returning to the lineup from a wrist laceration that kept him out for two months.
01/25/2023 CBJ @ EDM
02/25/2023 EDM @ CBJ
|3.71 (3)||GPG||2.57 (28)|
|3.23 (19)||GAPG||3.89 (30)|
|31.0% (1)||PP%||16.0% (31)|
|74.9% (23)||PK%||77.6% (18)|
|50.7% (16)||5v5 Shot Attempt %||45.3% (29)|
|50.0% (20)||5v5 Unblocked shot attempt %||45.1% (29)|
|8.6 (14)||5v5 Shooting %||7.8 (25)|
|.917 (15)||5v5 Save %||.902 (30)|
|Connor McDavid, 40||G Leader||Patrik Laine, 14|
|Connor McDavid, 48||A Leader||Johnny Gaudreau, 33|
|Connor McDavid, 88||P Leader||Johnny Gaudreau, 46|
|Klim Kostin and Darnell Nurse, 43||PIM Leader||Mathieu Olivier, 66|
|12-11-2||Home / Road||3-15-2|
|Johnny Gaudreau||Jack Roslovic||Patrik Laine|
|Kent Johnson||Boone Jenner||Gus Nyquist|
|Eric Robinson||Sean Kuraly||Mathieu Olivier|
|Kirill Marchenko||Cole Sillinger||Emil Bemstrom|
|Vladislav Gavrikov||Adam Boqvist|
|Tim Berni||Erik Gudbranson|
|Nick Blankenburg||Andrew Peeke|
|Evander Kane||Connor McDavid||Leon Draisaitl|
|Klim Kostin||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Zach Hyman|
|Dylan Holloway||Derek Ryan||Ryan McLeod|
|Jesse Puljujarvi||Warren Foegele||Vincent Desharnais|
|Darnell Nurse||Cody Ceci|
|Brett Kulak||Tyson Barrie|
|Philip Broberg||Evan Bouchard|