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Game Preview #68 – Oil And Water

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets

March 13, 2015 – 7:00 pm EDT
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Radio – WWCD 102.5 FM – TV – Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent’s Blog: The Copper & Blue

Since both teams played last night, we are kind of in the dark in terms of the lineups. We do know a couple of things, and that’s that Ryan Murray will play, as will Sergei Bobrovsky. Brandon Dubinsky will be a game-time decision. Whatever illness has been sweeping through the dressing room seems to knock guys out for a good three to give days. Nick Foligno didn’t play on Tuesday, was back last night, though he admitted he was still not quite right. Fedor Tyutin was a bit off for several days, but looked to be back close to 100% last night. Here’s hoping Dubi is feeling better, regardless of whether or not he plays tonight.

The Jackets are looking to push their modest winning streak to three, and they have a good chance of doing that against an also-tired and frankly very bad Edmonton team. That said, the Jackets haven’t won at home since mid-February, and have been pretty terrible by comparison at home (they have a winning record on the road, shockingly enough).

Bob will get the crease again after a stellar performance last night in Detroit. Ever since The Stick Throw, he’s stopped 60 of 61 shots, with the only goal coming last night on a double-minor Power Play off a redirection in front. He looks like BOB. Too bad it’s now, and not two months ago.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(29-34-4, 62 Points; 7th division, 13th conference)

Rene Bourque Ryan Johansen Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Marko Dano
Corey Tropp Artem Anisimov Nick Foligno
Luke Adam Mark Letestu Jared Boll

Jack Johnson David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Ryan Murray
Kevin Connauton Cody Goloubef

Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Edmonton Oilers
(18-39-11, 47 Points; 7th Division, 14th Conference)

Benoit Pouliot Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle
Teddy Purcell Derek Roy Nail Yakupov
Ryan Hamilton Anton Lander Matt Fraser
Matt Hendricks Boyd Gordon Rob Klinkhammer

Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Andrew Ference Keith Aulie
Martin Marincin Mark Fayne

Ben Scrivens
Richard Bachman

Season Series

03/13/15 – Edmonton at Columbus
03/18/15 – Columbus at Edmonton

Head to Head Stats

Edmonton Columbus
2.22 (27) GPG 2.51 (24)
3.35 (30) GAPG 3.12 (26)
16.9% (23) PP% 21.4% (6)
77.5% (27) PK% 79.4% (25)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 19 G leader Nick Foligno, 24
Jordan Eberle, 33 A leader Nick Foligno / Ryan Johansen, 35
Jordan Eberle, 50 Pts leader Nick Foligno, 59
Matt Hendricks, 72 PIM leader Jared Boll, 97
8-19-9 Road/Home 12-19-2
2-7-1 Last 10 3-6-1
3/12 @ Pittsburgh, L 6-4 Last Game 3/12 @ Detroit, W 3-1