Game #76 Preview: Depleted Blue Jackets wrap back-to-back weekend with a visit from the Ottawa Senators

The Blue Jackets close out their weekend homestand with a visit from the Senators. Here's what you need to know.

Ottawa Senators @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 6:00 PM EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
TV: Bally's Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM

Ottawa Senators, 37-33-5, 79 points, 6th Atlantic, 11th East
Columbus Blue Jackets,23-43-8, 54 points, 8th Metro, 16th East

The Columbus Blue Jackets return to the ice tonight to take on the Ottawa Senators as the 2022-23 season winds to a close.

Player to Watch

Tim Stutzle

Tim Stutzle, the 21 year old left win for the Ottawa Senators, has exploded onto the scene this season. In 71 games played thus far this season, Stutzle finds himself leading the Senators in all scoring categories - he has 37 goals, 47 assists, a total of 84 points in just his third season. Stutzle, chosen third overall with the pick acquired for Erik Karlsson, has blossomed into a playmaking winger for a Senators team that played meaningful hockey much later into this season than many expected them to. Shattering his previous career high of 58 points and finding the back of the net more consistently (18.1 shooting percentage this season) has allowed Stutzle to shine for the Senators.

Jackets Notes

The Columbus Blue Jackets are so depleted their roster last night would not have qualified for eligibility for a preseason game. I think that sums up where we're at nicely:

The Other Bench

The Senators are also coming off a back to back when they play tonight, having hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs last night ... Former Blue Jacket Derick Brassard sustained a broken fibula against the Flyers last week ... Thomas Chabot, Jakob Chychrun, and Travis Hamonic are not available for the Senators tonight

Season Series

01/03/2023 CBJ 0 @ OTT 4
03/04/2023 CBJ 2 @ OTT 5
04/02/2023 OTT @ CBJ


Ottawa   Columbus
3.19 (18) GPG 2.68 (30)
3.24 (19) GAPG 3.95 (31)
24.7% (6) PP% 18.9% (25)
81.7% (10) PK% 75.7% (22)
51.05% (14) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.4% (29)
51.43% (11) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 45.1% (29)
7.47 (32) 5v5 Shooting % 7.81 (27)
.907 (24) 5v5 Save % .903 (28)
Tim Stutzle, 37 G Leader Boone Jenner, 25
Tim Stutzle, 47 A Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 50
Tim Stutzle, 84 P Leader Johnny Gaudreau, 69
Austin Watson PIM Leader Mathieu Olivier, 81
15-20-2 Home / Road 14-20-2
4-5-1 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Boone Jenner Kirill Marchenko
Eric Robinson Kent Johnson Hunter McKown
Liam Foudy Sean Kuraly Emil Bemstrom
Joona Luoto Josh Dunne Justin Richards
Gavin Bayreuther Billy Sweezy
Tim Berni Andrew Peeke
Jake Christiansen Marcus Bjork
Michael Hutchinson
Jon Gillies

Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk Tim Stutzle Claude Giroux
Alex DeBrincat Shane Pinto Drake Batherson
Mathieu Joseph Ridley Greig Dylan Gambrell
Patrick Brown Mark Kastelic Austin Watson
Jake Sanderson Artem Zub
Erik Brannstrom Jacob Bernard-Docker
Tyler Kleven Nick Holden
Mads Sogaard
Cam Talbot

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