Game Preview #23 - Calvert In The Couve

Matt Calvert returns for Columbus tonight in Vancouver, as the Jackets look to win their third game on this Canadian road trip.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

November 22, 2013 - 10:00 pm EST
Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Nucks Misconduct
SBN's Canucks vs Blue Jackets Coverage

When the Jackets were getting ready to face these Canucks the last time in Columbus, they were at a bit of a crossroads. They had lost four straight, and had been embarrassed the night before. Well, oddly enough, things have been quite the roller-coaster since then. However, it should be noted that, including a five-game losing streak, the Jackets are "NHL-.500" since (including that game): 6-6-3. Fifteen points in 15 games. The definition of mediocrity.

However, one more bright spot tonight, as Matt Calvert comes off IR and should get his first start since October 10th, the third game of the season. Obviously it would be folly to expect too much too soon, but we did see a nice uptick with Boone Jenner's return over the weekend. At least for one game...

At any rate, the Canucks are just 6-5-3--or, 15 points in 14 games--over that same time span. In other words, they haven't exactly been tearing it up themselves. In fact, after reaching a high water mark of 9-4-1, they've gone just 2-4-3 in their last nine games, and have not won in five straight (0-3-2). They lost to Florida in a shootout on Tuesday. Tuesday was a rough night in Western Canada, let's just say.

But, yeah, Vancouver is struggling. They're simply not scoring of late, with four straight games of only one goal followed by a SO loss with only two goals scored. The Jackets at least made some modest amends for Tuesday night's debacle in Calgary on Wednesday. Can the injection of a healthy Matt Calvert make a few more tonight?

BTW, it looks like Brandon Dubinsky is going to try to play, but no word at this exact moment as to whether he'll be able to or not.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(8-11-3, 19 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Nick Foligno Ryan Johansen R.J. Umberger
Boone Jenner Artem Anisimov Cam Atkinson
Derek MacKenzie Mark Letestu Blake Comeau
Matt Calvert Michael Chaput Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray James Wisniewski
Tim Erixon David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Vancouver Canucks
(11-8-4, 26 Points; 5th division, 9th conference)

Chris Higgins Henrik Sedin Jannik Hansen
Daniel Sedin Mike Santorelli Ryan Kesler
Zack Kassian Brad Richardson Alexandre Burrows
Tom Sestito Zac Dalpe Dale Weise
Alexander Edler Jason Garrison
Dan Hamhuis Christopher Tanev
Ryan Stanton Kevin Bieksa
Roberto Luongo
Eddie Lack

Season Series

10/20/13 - Vancouver 1 at Columbus 3
11/22/13 - Columbus at Vancouver

Head to Head Stats

Vancouver Columbus
2.48 (21) GPG 2.41 (23)
2.52 (13) GAPG 2.91 (21)
11.3% (29) PP% 18.7% (17)
88.2% (1) PK% 77.1% (26)
Ryan Kesler, 9 G leader Ryan Johansen, 6
Henrik Sedin, 18 A leader James Wisniewski, 14
Henrik Sedin, 22 Pts leader James Wisniewski, 16
Tom Sestito, 43 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 40
4-4-2 Road/Home 4-5-2
11/19 vs. Florida, L 3-2 (SO) Last Game 11/20 @ Calgary, W 2-1 (OT)
3-4-3 Last 10 3-4-3

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