Blue Jackets back home tonight to take on Metropolitan Division rival, the New York Islanders

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

TV:  Bally Sports Ohio           Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)              
Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

Game Notes           Game Notes are available at Media.NHL.com

THE MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2021-22 Record: 2-1-0, 4 pts. (6th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.67 Goals-For/2.33 Goals-Against… Shots:  24.7 Shots-For/34.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  42.9 percent (4th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  88.9 percent (8th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  10.7 PIM (19th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-0-0 (0-0)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

2021-22 Record: 1-2-0, 2 pts. (8th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  2.67 Goals-For/4.00 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.0 Shots-For/36.7 Shots-Against

Power Play:  11.1 percent (25h, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  77.8 percent (18th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.0 PIM (11th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  0-0-0 (0-0)

Players to Watch:  Mathew Barzal has led the Islanders in scoring in each of the last four seasons and has 77-176-253 in 292 career games… D Ryan Pulock notched 30-plus points in three-straight seasons from 2017-20 before posting 2-15-17 in 56 outings in 2020-21… G Ilya Sorokin has started the first three games for the club this season after posting a 13-6-3 record with a 2.17 GAA and .918 SV% in 22 games as a rookie in 2020-21.

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 22-13-7 in 42 all-time meetings, including 14-3-4 at home and 8-10-2 on the road… Of Note: The clubs did not meet in 2020-21… CBJ went 1-1-1 vs. the Islanders in 2019-20… Columbus is 5-1-1 over the past six games vs. New York at Nationwide Arena and has points in each of the last two meetings at home (1-0-1)… The Islanders have posted six of the 10 shutouts in the all-time series, including the most recent one split by Thomas Greiss (9 saves) and Semyon Varlamov (30 saves) in a 2-0 win at NYI… Neither team has recorded a penalty shot in the series.

This Season (CBJ, 0-0-0)

Oct. 21, 2021 – at Columbus (7 p.m.)

Jan. 18, 2021 – at NY Islanders (7 p.m.)

Mar. 29, 2021 – at Columbus (7 p.m.)

Mar. 31, 2021 – at NY Islanders (7 p.m.)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

The Blue Jackets fell for the first time in the 2021-22 season with a 4-1 loss at Detroit on Tuesday… The club had started with wins in its first two games for the third time in franchise history (2014-15, 2009-10)… Columbus begins play against the Metropolitan Division on Thursday as the club plays four of the next five against division foes… CBJ have earned victories in their first two home games for the sixth time in franchise history (MR: 2017-18).  The team has won its first three home games of a campaign on two occasions (2009-10, 2003-04)… Columbus is one of five teams to rank in the top-10 in both power play and penalty kill percentage (Buffalo, Chicago, San Jose and St. Louis)… The Blue Jackets had the youngest season-opening roster in average age at 25.71.  New Jersey (25.74) was the only other team to have an average age of its roster younger than 26-years-old… Columbus also had the most diverse roster to open the season with 10 countries represented (Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

The Blue Jackets have had nine different players record goals this season, while 16-of-20 skaters have recorded at least one point… LW Patrik Laine, who notched his 19th career game-winner and first with the Blue Jackets with the overtime winner on Saturday, has collected points in all three outings in 2021-22 (1-3-4)… G Elvis Merzlikins went 2-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA and .948 SV% in two games to open the season, including stopping 19-of-20 shots in the overtime win against Seattle on Saturday… LW Gustav Nyquist has collected 1-5-6 in his last six home games vs. the Islanders… W Jakub Voracek has collected 0-3-3 in three games in his return to Columbus and has notched 5-16-21 with five multi-point efforts in his last 24 games against the Islanders.

MILESTONES

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is four assists from 100 for his NHL career (85-96-181, 305 GP).

•     RW Jakub Voracek is two assists from 100 for his CBJ career (39-98-137, 244 GP).

•     D Zach Werenski is eight points from 200 for his NHL career (66-126-192, 338 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•     RW Emil Bemstrom (left oblique strain; Injured Reserve on Oct. 14) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks

•     C Max Domi (fractured rib; Injured Reserve on Oct. 18) is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  4.

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