Game #65 Preview/Gamethread: Blues visit Blue Jackets

Emphasis on “blue”

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 7:00 P.M. EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM

St. Louis Blues (28-31-5, 61 points, 6th Central, 11th West)


Columbus Blue Jackets (20-37-7, 47 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)

Two teams tonight who are having bad seasons, and have pretty similar stats. Could be competitive, at least?

Player to Watch

Jordan Kyrou

As disappointing as the season has been for the Blues, at least the top line of Jordan Kyrou and Matchbox 20 frontman Robert Thomas has lived up to expectations. Kyrou is maintaining his point-per-game production from last season, so appears to be worth the 8x$8.25M contract extension he signed in September, which kicks in next season.

Jackets Notes

Elvis Merzlikins has returned to Latvia to be with his grandmother, who is seriously ill. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time ... Daniil Tarasov was called up to take his spot, and Michael Hutchinson will make his first start as a Blue Jacket. He has played in two games in relief since his arrival last week, and has allowed six goals on 56 shots faced in 80 minutes.

Season Series

10/14/2022 CBJ 2 @ STL 5
03/11/2023 STL @ CBJ


St. Louis   Columbus
3.03 (20) GPG 2.59 (29)
3.66 (28) GAPG 3.72 (29)
19.8% (22) PP% 17.8% (26)
76.7% (20) PK% 76.3% (21)
45.9% (27) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.1% (29)
46.4% (26) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.0% (29)
9.0 (5) 5v5 Shooting % 7.8 (26)
.903 (28) 5v5 Save % .910 (22)
Jordan Kyrou, 26 G Leader Patrik Laine, 20
Robert Thomas, 39 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 40
Jordan Kyrou, 58 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 55
Tyler Tucker, 31 PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 79
14-17-1 Home / Road 13-19-2
2-6-2 Last 10 4-3-3

Projected Lineups

Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Kirill Marchenko
Patrik Laine Jack Roslovic Kent Johnson
Eric Robinson Cole Sillinger Mathieu Olivier
Liam Foudy Lane Pederson Emil Bemstrom
Tim Berni Erik Gudbranson
Nick Blankenburg Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther Adam Boqvist
Michael Hutchinson
Daniil Tarasov
Alexei Toropchenko Robert Thomas Jordan Kyrou
Jakub Vrana Pavel Buchnevich Kasperi Kapanen
Brandon Saad Brayden Schenn Sammy Blais
Nathan Walker Nikita Alexandrov Josh Leivo
Nick Leddy Colton Parayko
Marco Scandella Justin Faulk
Torey Krug Calle Rosen
Jordan Binnington
Thomas Greiss

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