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Game 54 Preview: Jackets visit Kings to start SoCal back-to-back

Dec 5, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Kevin Fiala (22) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Texier (42) chase down a loose puck during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings
Tuesday, February 20, 2024 – 10:30 ET
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports Ohio – Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s blog: Jewels from the Crown

Columbus Blue Jackets (17-26-10, 44 points, 8th Metropolitan, 16th East)
Los Angeles Kings (27-16-10, 64 points, 4th Pacific, 7th West)

The Sharks are really bad (31st in the league bad). We beat them on Saturday. The Ducks are really bad (30th in the league bad). We play them tomorrow. If the Blue Jackets can somehow leave the Staples Center with a win, they have a real good chance to win three-straight games for the first time since, checks notes… March of 2022!?

Player to Watch

Ivan Provorov

To be honest I’m just excited we finally got a Stadium Series game, and he’s the one player on the team who’s been in one. Dude, I can’t freaking wait. We’re finally guaranteed to get actual new jerseys! They might even be good! That’s all.
I guess Provorov has four goals and 20 assists this year. He’s kinda turnover prone. He had his first assist in nine games against San Jose.
But Stadium Series!

Jackets Notes

376 days until the Stadium Series … The Troika was reconnected in San Jose and combined for two goals and two assists. … Justin Danforth is set to return, on the third line with Sillinger and Johnson. … Leading up to and since firing Jarmo, reporters have repeatedly said captain Boone Jenner has lots of interest league-wide. And leading up to and since firing Jarmo, Kekalainen and John Davidson have both said he’s not for sale. … Johnny Gaudreau has a goatee now.

The Other Bench

After a great start to the season, the Kings went 3-7-5 in January, culminating in head coach Todd McLellan being fired on February 2. They’re 4-1 since. … This includes a sweep of their three game road trip through New Jersey, Boston, and Pittsburgh. … Former Jacket Vladislav Gavrikov has a 4-11-15 statline in 47 games this year. … The Kings have the best penalty kill in the league, at 86.5%.

Season Series

12/5/2023 – LA 4 at CBJ 3 (OT)
2/20/2024 – Columbus at Los Angeles


Los AngelesColumbus
3.09 (16)GPG2.92 (22)
2.64 (4)GAPG3.70 (31)
21.2% (17)PP%14.4% (28)
86.5% (1)PK%76.1% (26)
55.4% (3)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.2% (23)
56.1% (2)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.4% (22)
7.4% (30)5v5 Shooting %9.4% (9)
.908 (25)5v5 Save %.908 (20)
Trevor Moore, 21G LeaderBoone Jenner, 17
Kevin Fiala, 30A LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 30
Adrian Kempe, 47P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 37
Andreas Englund, 57PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 55
5-3-2Last 104-5-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

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

Los Angeles Kings

Trevor MooreAnze KopitarAdrian Kempe
Kevin FialaPhillip DanaultViktor Arvidsson
Alex LaferrierePierre-Luc DuboisQuinton Byfield
Trevor LewisAlex TurcotteArthur Kaliyev
Mikey AndersonDrew Doughty
Vladislav GavrikovBrandt Clarke
Andreas EnglundMatt Roy
Cam Talbot
David Rittich