Game Preview #11 - Duck and Cover

The Blue Jackets push for four in a row at home as the Anaheim Ducks come to town.

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets

October 27, 2013 - 6:00 pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog:Â Anaheim Calling
SBN's Ducks vs Blue Jackets coverage

The Jackets are playing well over the past week at home. Three games, three wins, back to .500. The Ducks come in to end this four-game home-stand, and bring with them one of the more potent offenses in the league... and this is after sending Bobby Ryan packing this off-season. However, the Ducks are fighting the injury bug, with several guys out of the lineup at present. And, not surprisingly, they've lost two of three after a 6-1-0 start.

The Jackets are coming off of arguably their biggest win of the year, having strongly outplayed the Leafs for 40+ minutes on Friday and sending many of the Toronto fans home bummed. However, they come into this one with a couple of injuries: Boone Jenner is out indefinitely with a leg injury, and Derek MacKenzie is out today with a lower-body injury. Ryan Craig will draw in, and Michael Chaput got the call yesterday and will make his NHL debut tonight.

With those two guys in, and a non-mandatory morning skate, we're not 100% sure what the lines may look like at this point. I'd imagine Chaput will play on the fourth line, with Mark Letestu moving over to center it. Not sure about Craig, as I can't see him playing on the second line. That said, who knows? All hands on deck, y'all.

In looking at the basic stats, one thing jumps out: despite the strong, strong offense the Ducks have, their Power Play is simply God-awful. They come in converting UNDER SEVEN PERCENT of their PP chances. The Jackets' PK had a great night on Friday, holding the Leafs' powerful unit in check. Hopefully they can continue to build on that tonight and keep the Ducks struggling.

Likewise, the Ducks' PK has been pretty bad as well. Columbus isn't lighting it up on the PP consistently, but they've been managing to score with some regularity despite the inconsistency. Let's keep those Ducks' special teams scuffling, boys. Doing so will go a long way toward making it four in a row and climbing above .500 as well as moving up in the standings.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(5-5-0, 10 Points; 4th division, 9th conference)

Nick Foligno Artem Anisimov Marian Gaborik
Ryan Craig Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Blake Comeau Ryan Johansen R.J. Umberger
Michael Chaput Mark Letestu Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray James Wisniewski
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Anaheim Ducks
(8-3-0, 16 Points; 3rd division, 4th conference)

Patrick Maroon Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry
Emerson Etem Nick Bonino Teemu Selanne
Andrew Cogliano Saku Koivu Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik Peter Holland Devante Smith-Pelly
Hampus Lindholm Francois Beauchemin
Bryan Allen Sami Vatanen
Mark Fistric Cam Fowler
Frederik Andersen
Jonas Hiller

Season Series

10/27/13 - Anaheim at Columbus
02/03/14 - Columbus at Anaheim

Head to Head Stats

Anaheim Columbus
3.09 (7) GPG 2.70 (19)
2.54 (10) GAPG 2.50 (7)
6.8% (30) PP% 20.5% (12)
75.6% (28) PK% 78.1% (22)
Corey Perry, 5 G leader Marian Gaborik, 5
Ryan Getzlaf, 7 A leader James Wisniewski, 7
Corey Perry / Ryan Getzlaf, 11 Pts leader Marian Gaborik, 10
Patrick Maroon / Bryan Allen, 15 PIM leader Brandon Dubinsky, 15
3-3-0 Road/Home 3-2-0
10/25 @ Ottawa, W 2-1 Last Game 10/25 vs. Toronto, W 5-2
8-2-0 Last 10 5-5-0

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