Blue Jackets hosting San Jose tonight at 6; trying to shake losing streak

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS

TV:  Bally Sports Ohio           Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)              
Radio:  105.7 FM                    Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

THE MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2021-22 Record: 12-10-0, 24 pts. (5th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.09 Goals-For/3.23 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.5 Shots-For/34.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  20.3 percent (12th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  84.1 percent (11th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.6 PIM (7th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  5-0-0 (2-0)

SAN JOSE SHARKS

2021-22 Record: 13-10-1, 27 pts. (4th, Pacific Division)

Goals:  2.58 Goals-For/2.54 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.6 Shots-For/29.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.9 percent (22nd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  87.1 percent (4th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.1 PIM (11th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-0-1 (0-1)

Players to Watch:  RW Timo Meier leads the club in goals, assists (tied) and points with 11-13-24 in 19 games this season… D Erik Karlsson leads club blueliners in goals and points with 5-8-13 in 18 appearances in 2021-22… G James Reimer is 8-4-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .934 SV% in 14 appearances, ranking fourth in the NHL in SV% and sixth in GAA (min. 8 GP).

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 23-33-5 in 61 all-time meetings vs. San Jose, including 15-13-3 at home… Of Note: The clubs did not meet in 2020-21… The Sharks won both games in the 2019-20 season series, winning 3-2 at CBJ on Jan. 4, 2020 and 3-1 at home on Jan. 9, 2020… Columbus had won the previous three meetings prior to the 2019-20 series… The Blue Jackets are 10-7-1 in the last 18 meetings since Feb. 21, 2012… The winning team has scored three-plus goals in 18 of the last 19 games of the series, including the last 10-straight… Each team has recorded six shutouts, three hat tricks and two penalty shots in the all-time series.

This Season (CBJ, 0-0-0)

Dec. 5, 2021 – at Columbus (6 p.m.)

Apr. 19, 2022 – at San Jose (10:30 p.m.)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

The Blue Jackets fell for the fourth-straight game with a 3-1 loss at Washington on Saturday… It’s the first time the club has lost more than two consecutive games in-a-row this season… CBJ complete their third of 16 back-to-back sets on Sunday vs. San Jose… The Jackets are 8-3-0 at Nationwide Arena this season, including recording wins in each of the last three contests.  The eight wins and 16 points are the most through the first 11 home games of a campaign in club history… The Jackets have scored three or more goals in 14 of their contests this season… The Blue Jackets are in the middle of a stretch of 13-of-16 games played against Western Conference teams from Nov. 18-Dec. 18. The club’s only games against the Eastern Conference over that span is Nov. 22 at BUF (7-4 W), Saturday at Washington (3-1 L) and Tuesday at Toronto… CBJ are 5-0-0 in games played after regulation this season.  It’s the second time the club has started a campaign with wins in its first five games that were decided after regulation (2005-06, finished 14-1-3)… The Jackets are in a stretch of 13-of-17 games from Nov. 18-Dec. 20 played on the road.  Following home games on Sunday vs. San Jose and Thursday vs. Anaheim, the team will head out on a five-game road trip from Nov. 11-20… CBJ have trailed in eight of their 12 victories this season… The Jackets have killed off all opponent power play attempts in 12 of the last 15 games (35-of-39; 89.7 pct.) and rank second in the NHL in PK pct. since Oct. 31 (PIT; 90.5).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

The Blue Jackets have seen 20 different players record a goal this season, while 22-of-24 skaters have recorded at least one point… D Adam Boqvist has racked up 4-3-7 in 10 games since returning to the lineup from an injury… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the club in scoring and multi-point outings with 6-13-19 and five multi-point efforts in 22 contests… C Max Domi has 3-6-9 in 12 games in 2021-22… D Vladislav Gavrikov, who has 2-8-10 in the past 13 outings, has posted four multi-point efforts this season… C Boone Jenner has posted 7-4-11 in the past 15 games.  CBJ’s captain ranks fourth-T in the NHL in power play goals and 13th-T in goals with 11-4-15 and five PPG in 22 games this season… G Elvis Merzlikins is 4-2-0 with a .915 SV% and 2.86 GAA in his last six starts.  He ranks third-T in the NHL in wins and second in SV% at home this season, going 8-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .941 SV% in nine contests…. F Gus Nyquist has posted 3-4-7 over the past 12 contests after being held to 1-1-2 in his first 10 games… G Daniil Tarasov set the CBJ record for most saves in his NHL debut after stopping 34-of-37 shots on Thursday at Dallas and stopped 29-of-31 shots on Saturday at Washington… F Alexandre Texier has recorded 5-3-8 in the past 13 games and set a new single-season career high with his seventh tally on Thursday at Dallas… RW Jakub Voracek is tied for the NHL lead in primary assists (15) and ranks fourth in power play assists (9)… D Zach Werenski has posted points in eight of his last 11 contests (3-6-9) and ranks third in the NHL in TOI/GP (26:12).

MILESTONES

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is four points from 200 in his NHL career (89-107-196, 324 GP).

•     D Adam Boqvist is nine games from 100 for his NHL career (10-26-36, 91 GP).

•     C Max Domi is seven goals from 100 and nine assists from 200 for his NHL career (93-191-284, 441 GP).

•     C Sean Kuraly is eight games from 300 for his NHL career (27-46-73, 292 GP).

•     LW Gustav Nyquist is eight games from 600 for his NHL career and eight games from 100 in his CBJ career (150-207-357, 592 GP; 19-32-51, 92 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•     D Dean Kukan (wrist fracture; Injured Reserve on Oct. 26) is expected to miss 8 weeks

•     LW Patrik Laine (oblique strain; Injured Reserve on Nov. 5) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks

•     G Joonas Korpisalo (illness; Injured Reserve on Dec. 1)

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 66

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