Blue Jackets welcome Ottawa Senators to Columbus tonight

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. OTTAWA SENATORS

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

THE MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2021-22 Record: 35-36-6, 76 pts. (6th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.16 Goals-For/3.68 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.9 Shots-For/35.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.3 percent (24th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.7 percent (19th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.7 PIM (5th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  11-4-2 (4-2)

OTTAWA SENATORS

2021-22 Record: 29-41-7, 65 pts. (7th, Atlantic Division)

Goals:  2.70 Goals-For/3.23 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.1 Shots-For/33.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  19.5 percent (22nd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  80.4 percent (13th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.9 (26th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  5-5-2 (2-2)

Players to Watch:  Senators captain LW Brady Tkachuk leads the team in scoring with 28-32-60 in 74 contests this season… C Tim Stutzle leads the club in assists and ranks second in points with 20-33-53 in 74 games in his second NHL campaign… Former Blue Jacket G Anton Forsberg is 19-17-4 with a 2.79 GAA and .917 SV% in 43 appearances this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 16-15-3 in 34 all-time meetings, including 9-7-1 at home… Of Note: Columbus has posted points in eight of the last nine meetings in the series (7-1-1)… The clubs had played four-straight one-goal games from Nov. 25, 2019-Jan. 23, 2022 prior to a 4-1 CBJ win in the last game on Mar. 16… The winning team has scored three-plus goals in 10 of the last 13 meetings… The Blue Jackets own three of the five shutouts in the all-time series while the Senators have recorded both hat tricks and all three penalty shots.

This Season (CBJ, 1-1-0)

Jan. 23, 2022 – OTT 2, at CBJ 1

Mar. 16, 2022 – CBJ 4, at OTT 1

Apr. 22, 2022 – at Columbus (7 p.m. ET)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus fell for a third consecutive game with a 3-2 loss at San Jose on Wednesday… The team ranks 10th in the NHL in goals-per-game (3.38 avg) since Jan. 27 (37 GP)… CBJ have scored three or more goals (incl. SO goals) in 45 of their 77 games this season (32-10-3)… The club is also 29-5-1 when scoring four-plus goals in a game in 2021-22… CBJ rank fifth in the League in win percentage after regulation (11-4-2; .647)… The Blue Jackets have trailed in 22 of their 35 victories this season, including eight of their last 11 wins.  The 22 comeback victories are tied for the fifth-most in the NHL and are a new single season record in franchise history (20; 2005-06, 2018-19)… CBJ boast seven 40-point producers, including three that have reached the 50-point mark… The Blue Jackets rank fifth-T in the NHL in goals (41) and 13th in points (167) by defensemen.  The club’s defensemen have combined for 8-31-39 in the last 19 outings, posting two-plus points in 13 of those contests… Columbus has killed off 22-of-24 opponent power play attempts over the last seven games to rank seventh in the NHL in PK pct. since Apr. 4 (91.7 pct.)… CBJ have tied a franchise record set in the inaugural season in 2000-01 with 10 players making their NHL debut in 2021-22 (Blankenburg, Chinakhov, Christiansen, Danforth, Fix-Wolansky, Hofmann, Johnson, Meyer, Sillinger, Tarasov).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

Jake Bean has collected points in back-to-back games (2-1-3)… F Justin Danforth has recorded assists in two-straight outings (0-2-2) and has notched points in six of the last 10 contests (4-2-6)… D Vladislav Gavrikov has recorded 2-5-7 in his last 12 outings and has already set career highs in goals (tied, 2019-20), assists and points with 5-27-32 in 75 contests… C Sean Kuraly ranks 11th in the NHL with 231 hits (5th-most in CBJ history; since 2005-06).  The forward, who had points in four-straight games played (3-2-5) prior to Tuesday’s contest, has set a single-season career high in goals and points with 14-16-30 in 75 games… LW Patrik Laine, who missed the last two games due to an upper body injury, is 13th-T in the League in goals since Jan. 27 with 20-21-41 in 35 contests… LW Gus Nyquist collected assists in four-straight games (0-6-6) prior to Tuesday’s contest.  He has totaled 3-9-12 in the last 15 games and 4-13-17 in his past 22 outings.  He reached the 30-assist mark in a season (31) for the third time in his career… D Andrew Peeke ranks fourth in the NHL in blocked shots this season with 162 which is tied for the third-most blocked shots in a single season in franchise history (since 2005-06)… C Jack Roslovic has recorded 7-2-9 with three multi-goal efforts in the last five outings and has recorded 11-10-21, while averaging 17:36 of ice time in his last 27 outings since Feb. 24.  He has set career highs in goals, assists (tied) and points with 19-22-41 in 76 games this season… C Cole Sillinger has collected 3-3-6 in his last nine games and his 14 goals are tied for the fourth-most among CBJ rookies in a single season in franchise history… RW Jakub Voracek has registered 4-25-29 in his last 34 appearances since Jan. 31.  With 5-51-56 in 74 games, he is the third player in franchise history to record 50 assists in a campaign, joining Artemi Panarin (59 in 2018-19 and 55 in 2016-17) and Ray Whitney (52 in 2002-03) His 37 primary assists (6th-T in NHL), meanwhile, are second-most in a single season in CBJ history (Panarin, 44 in 2018-19)… D Zach Werenski has recorded 2-10-12 in his last 15 games played.  He ranks 13th-T in the NHL among blueliners in scoring since Jan. 23 with 5-21-24 in 31 outings.  The 24-year-old has also tied his single-season career highs in assists and points with 11-36-47 in 67 contests this season (11-36-47 in 78 GP in rookie campaign in 2016-17).

MILESTONES

•     D Vladislav Gavrikov is one game from 200 for his NHL career (12-51-63, 199 GP).

•     C Sean Kuraly is two points from 100 for his NHL career (38-60-98, 345 GP).

•     LW Gus Nyquist is four points from 400 for his NHL career (163-233-396, 647 GP).

•     RW Jakub Voracek is six points from 800 for his NHL career (221-573-794, 1,042 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•     G Daniil Tarasov (hip; Injured Reserve on Jan. 4) is out indefinitely

•     C Alexandre Texier (fractured finger; Injured Reserve on Jan. 26) is expected to miss 4 weeks

•     C Boone Jenner (lower back; Injured Reserve on Mar. 11) is week-to-week

•     G Joonas Korpisalo (hip) is out indefinitely

•     D Yegor Chinakhov (upper body; First game missed Apr. 4) is day-to-day

•     RW Patrik Laine (upper body: First game missed Apr. 17) is day-to-day

•     D Zach Werenski (upper body; First game missed Apr. 19) is day-to-day

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 331

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