Game #75 Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

Here’s what you need to know.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 10:00 PM EST
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Nucks Misconduct

Columbus Blue Jackets, 40-30-4, 84 points, 5th Metro, 9th East
Vancouver Canucks, 32-33-10, 72 points, 5th Pacific, 12th West

Player to Watch

Pierre-Luc Dubois

43.2% faceoff wins this season. Zero points in the month of March.

Something is wrong with Pierre-Luc Dubois, and it is dragging down the entire first line. Whether he is playing through an undisclosed injury, struggling to regain chemistry after being taken off the top line for a few games, or something else entirely, he must figure out a way to get his game going again for Columbus to have any chance at rallying down the stretch.

Jackets Notes

Credit to commenter BrightNSunny, but this says it all:

The Other Bench

Also, via Nucks Misconduct:

2.75 points-per-60: Most among rookies with more than 150 minutes played at even-strength. It’s the highest-mark among rookies over the last three seasons, aside from 2017-18 when Tampa Bay’s Anthony Cirelli posted 2.88 points-per-60 at evens in just 18 regular season games.

44: Number of even-strength points that Elias Pettersson has. The franchise record was set by Ivan Hlinka when he posted 49 even-strength points as a 32-year-old rookie in 1981-82.

Season Series

12/11/2018 VAN 3 @ CBJ 2
03/24/2019 CBJ @ VAN


Vancouver   Columbus
2.73 (21) GPG 3.00 (14)
3.03 (18) GAPG 2.93 (14)
15.9% (26) PP% 15.3% (28)
80.4% (18) PK% 84.2% (3)
48.19% (23) EV Corsi % 49.93% (13)
0.997 (18) EV PDO 0.998 (16)
Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat, 27 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 38
Elias Pettersson, 37 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 51
Elias Pettersson, 63 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 76
Antoine Roussel, 118 PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois, 60
17-13-5 Home / Road 20-14-2
5-4-1 Last 10 4-5-1

Projected Lineups

Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Josh Anderson
Lukas Sedlak Boone Jenner Riley Nash
Alexander Wennberg Brandon Dubinsky Oliver Bjorkstrand
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara David Savard
Scott Harrington Adam McQuaid
Joonas Korpisalo
Keith Kinkaid
Tanner Pearson Bo Horvat Loui Eriksson
Josh Leivo Elias Pettersson Brock Boeser
Markus Granlund Adam Gaudette Jake Virtanen
Tim Schaller Jay Beagle Tyler Motte
Alexander Edler Alex Biega
Guillaume Brisebois Troy Stecher
Ashton Sautner Luke Schenn
Jacob Markstrom
Thatcher Demko

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