Game Preview #12: Let the Good Times Roll
Columbus heads to Boston looking to keep their mojo flowing.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00 EST
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Columbus is 6-2-2 in their last ten. Did you know that?
Did you further know that Alexander Wennberg is tied for the NHL lead in assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky is tied for the league lead in shutouts?
Talk about a turnaround from the start of last season.
Columbus heads to Boston on the heels of an overtime victory last night (one that was so neatly recapped here). Zach Werenski, noted do everything defenseman, scored the game winner. Also, there’s this:
#CBJ franchise record for points by a rookie d'man is 21: Ryan Murray, 4-17-21 in 2013-14.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 10, 2016
Werenski more than halfway there after 11 games.
#CBJ Werenski also on pace to smash franchise mark for points by rookie, regardless of position. That's Rick Nash, 17-22-39 in 2002-03.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 10, 2016
So, yeah. He’s really good.
Boston, as you’ll remember, smashed Columbus in the home opener 6-3. Brad Marchand had 5 points that night. The top line ate us alive, and now they added Patrice Bergeron to it. Columbus MUST find a way to shut that line down to have a chance tonight.
Tuukka Rask has found his game to open this season, sporting a sterling 1.74 GAA and .941 SV%. Can the Blue Jackets find a way to solve him? They’ll have to if they want to get anything out of tonight’s matchup.
In team news, the Blue Jackets recalled Markus Hannikainen this morning. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that he is simply an insurance recall for the trip.
Go Jackets. Let’s get a win tonight. We’re one point back in the wild card standings, with a game in hand over New Jersey and three in hand over Detroit (tied with Boston and Philadelphia as well, actually, but with games in hand over both). Tonight’s matchup is huge for the standings, and at least one point is critical.
Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-3-2, 14 points, 5th Metro, 9th East
Boston Bruins, 7-6-0, 14 points, 5th Atlantic, 10th East
10/13/16 - Boston 6 @ Columbus 3
11/16/16 - Columbus @ Boston
12/27/16 - Boston @ Columbus
|2.38 (23)||GPG||3.18 (5)|
|2.69 (18)||GAPG||2.09 (2)|
|14.6% (23)||PP%||35.5% (1)|
|83.0% (13)||PK%||91.4% (2)|
|53.9% (3)||EV CF%||46.5% (27)|
|97.7 (25)||EV PDO||102.6 (6)|
|David Pastrnak, 9||G Leader||Josh Anderson, 5|
|Brad Marchand, 10||A Leader||Alexander Wennberg, 12|
|Brad Marchand, 15||P Leader||Alexander Wennberg, 13|
|Zdeno Chara, 17||PIM Leader||Brandon Dubinsky / Josh Anderson, 15|
|2-3-0||Road / Home||2-1-2|
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Brandon Saad||Alexander Wennberg||Nick Foligno|
|Scott Hartnell||Boone Jenner||Cam Atkinson|
|Matt Calvert||William Karlsson||Josh Anderson|
|Sonny Milano||Lukas Sedlak||Sam Gagner|
|Zach Werenski||David Savard|
|Ryan Murray||Jack Johnson|
|Markus Nutivaara||Dalton Prout|
|Brad Marchand||Patrice Bergeron||David Pastrnak|
|Ryan Spooner||David Krejci||David Backes|
|Matt Beleskey||Riley Nash||Austin Czarknik|
|Tim Schaller||Dominic Moore||Noel Acciari|
|Zdeno Chara||Brandon Carlo|
|Torey Krug||Adam McQuaid|
|John-Michael Liles||Colin Miller|