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Game #75 Preview: Blue Jackets host Avalanche

Nov 6, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) looks to pass as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (8) defends during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, April 1, 2024 – 7:00 PM EDT
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Site: Puck Yeti

Colorado Avalanche (47-21-6, 100 points, 2nd Central, 2nd West)


Columbus Blue Jackets (24-38-12, 60 points, 8th Metro, 16th East)

If we could win this one, that would be quite the April Fool’s joke!

Player to Watch

Mikko Rantanen

When these teams met just 10 days ago in Denver, Rantanen had 2 goals and 1 assist. He has an even 100 points on the season, joining his teammate Nathan MacKinnon in the century club. MacKinnon’s 127 leads the league, while Rantanen is 6th.

Jackets Notes

Justin Danforth practiced yesterday, so could return to the lineup tonight …. Boone Jenner and Elvis Merzlikins did not practice, and Jet Greaves has been recalled on an emergency basis … Blue Jackets prospect scored an insurance goal as Michigan beat Michigan State to earn a spot in the Frozen Four in two weeks.

Season Series

03/22/2024 CBJ 1 @ COL 6
04/01/2024 COL @ CBJ


3.74 (1)GPG2.84 (25)
2.96 (12)GAPG3.65 (31)
24.9 (6)PP%14.6 (31)
82.3 (6)PK%76.3 (26)
52.3 (7)5v5 Shot Attempt %48.3 (22)
52.1 (7)5v5 Unblocked Shot Attempt %48.0 (23)
9.5 (6)5v5 Shooting %8.9 (10)
91.1 (19)5v5 Save %91.0 (20)
Nathan MacKinnon, 47G LeaderBoone Jenner, 22
Nathan MacKinnon, 80A LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 44
Nathan MacKinnon, 127P LeaderJohnny Gaudreau, 55
Josh Manson, 79PIM LeaderErik Gudbranson, 72
8-1-1Last 102-6-2

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny GaudreauDmitri VoronkovAlex Nylander
Alexandre TexierCole SillingerKirill Marchenko
Mathieu OlivierBrendan GaunceJustin Danforth?
Carson MeyerMikael Pyyhtia?James Malatesta
Zach WerenskiDamon Severson
Ivan ProvorovJake Bean
Jake ChristiansenErik Gudbranson
Daniil Tarasov
Jet Greaves

Colorado Avalanche

Jonathan DrouinNathan MacKinnonMikko Rantanen
Brandon DuhaimeCasey MittelstadtArtturi Lehkonen
Miles WoodRoss ColtonZach Parise
Andrew CoglianoYakov TreninJean-Luc Foudy
Devon ToewsCale Makar
Samuel GirardJosh Manson
Jack JohnsonSean Walker
Alexandar Georgiev
Justus Annunen