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Game #27 Preview/GameThread: Blue Jackets welcome Kings and PLD to Nationwide Arena

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 – 7:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally’s Sports Ohio – Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Jewels From The Crown

Los Angeles Kings, 14-4-3, 31 points, 3rd Pacific, 4th West
Columbus Blue Jackets, 8-14-4, 20 points, 8th Metro, 15th East

The Columbus Blue Jackets welcome the Los Angeles Kings to Columbus tonight. The Jackets have struggled this season, but only one thing really stands out from the start this season:

No excuses this season. The Jackets are 31.7% of the way through the season heading into tonight. The Jackets are healthy, and despite changes, the team has not gotten better.

Player to Watch

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Could there be any other?

PLD was a surprising hit when the Jackets drafted him third overall after Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. After developing into a high level center, something broke between himself, the team, and the coaching staff that resulted in PLD asking for a trade and loafing through his final shift here. PLD was traded to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic, posting 63-80-143 in 195 games for the Jets before moving to the LA Kings. Since joining the Kings this offseason, he has 5-6-11 in 21 games. With Anze Kopitar, PLD, and Philip Danault, the Kings may have the best center depth in the league. Containing them will be critical to a CBJ win.

Jackets Notes

Elvis Merzlikins has a .921 save percentage in his last nine games … Dmitry Voronkov and Adam Fantilli are tied for 5th in goals scored by NHL rookies … Zach Werenski has 13 assists in his last 13 games … Werenski in also has the franchise lead in assists by a defenseman … Johnny Gaudreau is four points from 700 for his career … Daniil Tarasov has been assigned to Cleveland for a conditioning assignment

The Other Bench

Former CBJ defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov will also be in town, having signed a two year dal with the Kings … Gavrikov is is 2-4-6 this year with a +5 rating … with a win tonight, the Kings will tie an NHL record with their 10th straight road win to open a series … the Kings have outscored opponents 42-15 on the road this season

Season Series

12/05/2023 LAK @ CBJ
02/20/2024 CBJ @ LAK


Los AngelesColumbus
3.86 (1)GPG2.85 (24)
2.29 (1)GAPG3.35 (21)
19.7 (17)PP%12.7 (27)
89.7 (1)PK%86.8 (4)
57.72 (2)5v5 Shot Attempt %46.83 (25)
56.65 (2)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %47.27 (24)
10.11 (6)5v5 Shooting %9.29 (9)
.9145 (15)5v5 Save %.9080 (17)
Trevor Moore, 12G LeaderBoone Jenner, 13
Adrian Kempe, 14A LeaderZach Werenski, 17
Adrian Kempe, 22P LeaderZach Werenski, 19
Andreas Englund, 29PIM LeaderSean Kuraly, 22
7-2-1Last 104-6-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauBoone JennerKent Johnson
Kirill MarchenkoDmitri VoronkovYegor Chinakhov
Patrik LaineAdam FantilliJustin Danforth
Alexandre TexierSean KuralyMathieu Olivier
Zach WerenskiAdam Boqvist
Ivan ProvorovDavid Jiricek
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Elvis Merzlikins
Spencer Martin

Los Angeles Kings

Quinton ByfieldAnze KopitarAdrian Kempe
Kevin FialaPhilip DanaultTrevor Moore
Carl GrundstromPierre-Luc DuboisAlex Lafreniere
Jaret Anderson-DolanTrevor LewisArthur Kaliyev
Mikey AndersonDrew Doughty
Vladislav GavrikovMatt Roy
Andreas EnglundJordan Spence
Cam Talbot
Pheonix Copley