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Game #53 Preview/Gamethread: Late night tankathon in San Jose

Mar 14, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Johnny Gaudreau (13) shoots the game-winning goal past San Jose Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (36) in overtime at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks
Saturday, February 17, 2024 – 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA
TV: Bally’s Sports Ohio – Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s blog: Fear the Fin

Columbus Blue Jackets, 16-26-10, 42 points, 8th Metro, 16th East
San Jose Sharks, 15-33-5, 35 points, 8th Pacific, 16th West

It’s the battle of the bottom of the conferences tonight in San Jose. Unlike the Blue Jackets, the Sharks are coming off a win and are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. This would be a great game to get the ship headed in the right direction, but jet lag and a history of bad losses this season say nothing is for certain. It doesn’t help that the Sharks are a significantly better team at home.

Player(s) to Watch

The Troika

The Russian line is back. Chinakhov returns to the lineup after missing the Ottawa game, and Vincent has decided it’s time to reunite the Troika line. Voronkov has two goals in his last three games, and Marchenko could use a jump start to get back to his goal-scoring ways.

Jackets Notes

There is no shortage of news in Blue Jackets land, but all is quiet on the morning of February 17th. There are more questions than answers. How far along is the GM search? Will a new GM be in place before the deadline? Who starts in goal tonight? Will the players respond on the ice to Jarmo’s firing?

The Other Bench

Tomas Hertl is week-to-week after having minor knee surgery. That’s a big loss for the Sharks and a disappointing setback for San Jose’s leading scorer.

Season Series

2/17/24 – CBJ @ SJS
3/16/24 – SJS @ CBJ


San JoseColumbus
2.11 (31)GPG2.90 (24)
3.75 (32)GAPG3.71 (31)
17.2 (23)PP%14.7 (27)
74.1 (30)PK%76.2 (26)
43.09 (32)5v5 Shot Attempt %47.89 (23)
42.90 (32)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.25 (23)
6.89 (32)5v5 Shooting %9.29 (7)
90.93 (20)5v5 Save %90.77 (23)
Tomas Hertl, 15G LeaderBoone Jenner, 16
Mikael Granlund, 24A LeaderZach Werenski, 29
Tomas Hertl, 34P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 35
Luke Kunin, 53PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 55
5-3-2Last 103-6-1

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauBoone JennerJack Roslovic
Yegor ChinakhovDmitri VoronkovKirill Marchenko
Kent JohnsonCole SillingerEmil Bemstrom
Alexandre TexierSean KuralyMathieu Olivier
Zach WerenskiAdam Boqvist
Ivan ProvorovDamon Severson
Jake BeanErik Gudbranson
Elvis Merzlikins
Daniil Tarasov

San Jose Sharks

Fabian ZetterlundMikael GranlundAnthony Duclair
Alexander BarabanovWilliam EklundLuke Kunin
Mike HoffmanNico SturmJacob MacDonald
Justin BaileyRyan CarpenterFilip Zadina
Mario FerraroJan Rutta
Marc-EdouardTy Emberson
Kyle BurroughsCalen Addison
Kaapo Kahkonen
Mackenzie Blackwood