Columbus Blue Jackets Game Notes for New York Islanders 10/21/2021

(courtesy CBJ)
BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) vs. ISLANDERS (1-2-0) 

Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, Nationwide Arena 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets)

Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship)  

Projected Lineup 

(Subject to change) 

Patrik Laine – Boone Jenner – Jakub Voracek

Gustav Nyquist – Jack Roslovic – Yegor Chinakhov

Alexandre Texier – Cole Sillinger – Oliver Bjorkstrand

Eric Robinson – Sean Kuraly – Gregory Hofmann

Zach Werenski – Jake Bean

Vladislav Gavrikov – Adam Boqvist

Scott Harrington – Andrew Peeke

Elvis Merzlikins (confirmed starter) 

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratches: Justin Danforth, Dean KukanGabriel Carlsson

Injured Reserve: Emil Bemstrom (oblique; four to six weeks as of Oct. 14); Max Domi (rib; two to four weeks as of Oct. 18) 

*Head coach Brad Larsen says:

Carlsson isn’t expected to play

Werenski will play after missing practice Wednesday

Merzlikins will return to the net

MOST NOTABLE NEWS

The Blue Jackets’ 42.9-percent success rate (3 for 7) on the power play ranks tied for third in the NHL. … Nine different Blue Jackets have a goal in the first three games.

Columbus had the youngest opening roster in the NHL at an average of 25.71 years old

Tonight’s game starts a three-game homestand for the Jackets, with games to follow Saturday (Carolina) and Monday (Dallas)

The teams did not play last year as they were in separate divisions. Columbus went 1-1-1 against the Islanders in 2019-20, with the last game a 3-2 victory on Dec. 23, 2019, in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Columbus is 5-1-1 in the last seven vs. New York in Nationwide Arena.

The Jackets will try to go to 3-0-0 in Nationwide Arena to start a season for the third time ever.

This is the first game against a Metro team this year

While the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park is being completed, the Islanders are on a 13-game road trip to start the year

 Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin is expected to play against the CBJ for the first time in his career.

This Day in CBJ History 

Oct. 21, 2015: John Tortorella was named head coach of the team after Todd Richards was relieved of his duties. The seventh full-time coach in CBJ history, he would go on to lead the club to a 34-33-8 record the rest of the season, then four consecutive playoff bids from 2017-20. 

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