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Archive for April 6th, 2019

NHL 15-Game Days in League history

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

 

Saturday, April 6 will mark the third and final 15-game day this season, and 16th in NHL history

 

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Saturday, April 6 will mark the third and final 15-game day this season. Only the Ducks are idle.

* There have been 15 previous 15-game days in NHL history, including five which took place last season.

* The most combined goals scored on a 15-game day is 99 (including shootout-deciding goals), a mark set Oct. 25, 2008 (6.6 G/GP) on the second 15-game day in League history. The NHL record for most combined goals scored on any day is 103 during a 12-game day on Jan. 23, 1993 (8.6 G/GP).

* There have been 17 hat tricks scored on 15-game days, including one on Nov. 23, 2018 and one on Dec. 29, 2018. A player has scored four goals on a 15-game day twice, with both occurrences coming last season.

* The most assists recorded by a player on a 15-game day is four.

* The most points recorded by a player on a 15-game day is four, a feat accomplished 14 times including seven such occurrences last season.

* The most goals by one team on a 15-game day is eight (including shootout-deciding goals), a mark set by the Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, 2017 (8-5 W vs. NYR).

 

 

2019 NHL Playoffs clinching for Saturday, April 6

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The following will be decided on the final day of the regular season:

Central Division title and seeds Nos. 2-3

Western Conference Wild Card seeds

Metropolitan Division seeds Nos. 2-3 and Eastern Conference Wild Card seeds

 

Crew SC hosts New England Revolution tonight at 7:30 in Eastern Conference clash

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (3-1-1, 10 pts.) hosts the New England Revolution (1-3-1, 4 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, April 6. The match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio (programming note below)and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton on the call. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 1460 AM and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971thefan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against New England is the second of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019.

Columbus Crew SC vs. New England Revolution
Saturday, April 6 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio (See Programming Note Below), FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET
4/6 FOX Sports Ohio Programming Note: Cable viewers in Toledo-Lucas County, Wheeling/Steubenville, Youngstown will be able to view this match via the Main FOX Sports Ohio channel. In Cleveland, Columbus/Lima, Dayton, Ohio Counties of Ft. Wayne DMA, Toledo-Outer, this match is being made available to providers to air on the plus FOX Sports Ohio cable Channels. More info:https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/how-to-follow

 

Less than a month ago, Columbus Crew SC went into Gillette Stadium and earned a 2-0 road win over a physical New England Revolution team that had won its previous 12 home openers.

Now, less than four weeks since their last meeting, the Revs visit MAPFRE Stadium – the site of League-leading success for Crew SC – as the Black & Gold host New England as they come off their first victory of 2019 following a 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC.

At 1-3-1, New England has totaled five goals compared to Columbus’ six – both middle-of-the-pack in terms of League standings – but when it comes to chance quality, the Crew have a 51 percent shooting accuracy, the fourth-highest in MLS, compared to the Revs’ 33 percent rate, which puts them in the League’s bottom four.

Crew SC beat Atlanta United FC with a perfect first half with 2-for-2 on shot conversion with goals from Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes.

In the two sides’ first meeting, Columbus again posted a perfect shooting percentage with Zardes netting the half’s only goal on the Club’s only shot, a well-snapped header off a ball from Santos.

Notably, Santos has been directly involved in each of Crew SC’s three game-winning goals, delivering two game-winning assists before scoring the game-winner against Atlanta.

Key for the Crew will be holding Carles Gil in-check, something they showed success in on March 9 at Gillette Stadium. In that match, Gil, who leads the Revs in goals (3) and shots (15), was held to zero chances created and three total shots, none of which landed on frame.

Less than a month ago, Columbus Crew SC went into Gillette Stadium and earned a 2-0 road win over a physical New England Revolution team that had won its previous 12 home openers.

Now, less than four weeks since their last meeting, the Revs visit MAPFRE Stadium – the site of League-leading success for Crew SC – as the Black & Gold host New England as they come off their first victory of 2019 following a 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC.

At 1-3-1, New England has totaled five goals compared to Columbus’ six – both middle-of-the-pack in terms of League standings – but when it comes to chance quality, the Crew have a 51 percent shooting accuracy, the fourth-highest in MLS, compared to the Revs’ 33 percent rate, which puts them in the League’s bottom four.

In last week’s 2-0 win over Atlanta United FC, the Crew put on a perfect first half performance in regard to shot conversion rate, netting two goals on two shots from Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes.

In the two sides’ first meeting, Columbus again posted a perfect shooting percentage with Zardes netting the half’s only goal on the Club’s only shot, a well-snapped header off a ball from Santos.

Notably, Santos has been directly involved in each of Crew SC’s three game-winning goals, delivering two game-winning assists before scoring the game-winner against Atlanta.

Key for the Crew will be holding Carles Gil in-check, something they showed success in on March 9 at Gillette Stadium. In that match, Gil, who leads the Revs in goals (3) and shots (15), was held to zero chances created and three total shots, none of which landed on frame.

The Crew’s top-tier defensive standing, particularly at home, will come to the forefront, as the Black & Gold remain tied atop the League in shutouts (3) and have held opponents to just 20 total shots on target through five matches. Additionally, the Club is tied for fourth League-wide in goals conceded (4), compared to New England’s nine.

After going winless in their first four, the Revs pounded Minnesota with 19 shots, which was nearly half of their season total going into last Saturday. Additionally, New England brings success in duel wins as they lead the League with 308.

Notably, Crew SC leads the League in recoveries with 371, a statistic emblematic of Porter’s emphasis on maintaining possession and shrouding the opponent upon losing possession, while New England leads MLS in possessions lost with 855.

As the Crew get set to play their fourth match at MAPFRE Stadium this season, the Revs come into an environment that has not bode well for them recently, having going winless in all but one of the last seven matches. The Crew, on the other hand, hold the most points at home League-wide since the start of the 2017 season with 89.

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ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz


Game #82 tonight as Blue Jackets end regular season at the Ottawa Senators; Duchene, Dzingel return to play against former team

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr. 6, 2019 || Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators || Canadian Tire Centre || 7 pm ET

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information

Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)

Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)

 

The Matchup

Columbus: 46-31-4  (96 pts.)  || 24-14-2  (50 pts.) on Road  || 5th Metropolitan  || 3.98 GF / 2.83 GA

Ottawa: 29-46-6 (64 pts)  || 18-18-4 (42 pts.) at Home  || 8th Atlantic  || 2.96 GF / 2.64 GA

 

All-Time Series

Columbus: 10-14-2 (5-8-1 on Road)
2018-19: Dec. 31 – at CBJ 6, OTT 3… Feb. 22 – CBJ 3, at OTT 0… Apr. 6 – at Ottawa
2017-18: Nov. 24 – at CBJ 5, OTT 2… Dec. 29 – at OTT 5, CBJ 4… Mar. 17 – at CBJ 2, OTT 1

*  Columbus has won three-straight in the series and is 4-1-0 in the past five meetings

*  The winning team has scored three or more goals in 17 of the last 19 games

 

 

*  Columbus clinched a playoff berth for the third-straight campaign and the fifth time in franchise history with Friday night’s 3-2 shootout victory over the NY Rangers and can finish in either the first or second Wild Card spot in the East
*  The Blue Jackets’ 46 wins are the second-most victories in a season in franchise history and the 96 points are the third-most (97 pts in 2017-18)
*  The Jackets have set a franchise mark for road wins in a campaign, surpassing the 23 wins in 2014-15 (23-15-3, 49 pts) and with a win can set the club mark for most road points in a single season (22-12-7, 51 pts in 2016-17)

 

 

Blue Jackets:

* 9  Artemi Panarin - Winger, who notched his 28th goal of the campaign and had the shootout winner on Friday, has set CBJ single-season franchise records in assists and points with 28-57-85 in 78 contests
* 19  Ryan Dzingel - Former Senator notched the Blue Jackets’ first goal of the game on Friday and has posted 4-8-12 of his 26-30-55 with CBJ following the Feb. 23 trade

* 72  Sergei Bobrovsky - Turned aside 25-of-27 shots to record his 37th victory of the campaign, tied for the second-most wins in his career (2017-18)

* 95  Matt Duchene - Former Senator has set a single-season career high in goals and tied his career high in points with 31-39-70 in 72 games

 

Senators:

* 7 Brady Tkachuk - The 2018 fourth overall pick leads the Senators in goals with 22-23-45 in 70 outings, ranking second among league rookis in goals and points

* 10  Anthony Duclair - Former Jacket has posted 8-6-14 of his 19-14-33 in the 20 games with the Senators since the Feb. 23 trade

* 71  Chris Tierney - Ranks second on Ottawa in assists and points with 9-38-47 in 80 contests

* 72  Thomas Chabot - Leads Ottawa in assists and points with 13-41-54, ranking 10th-T among NHL defensemen in scoring and 12th-T in goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a season of suspense, Columbus Blue Jackets clinch 2019 NHL Playoffs spot

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Columbus returns to postseason for third consecutive year and fifth time in franchise history

 

PLAYOFF QUICK HITS
Playoff History
All-Time Playoff Appearance: 5th
Consecutive Playoff Appearances: 3
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2018 (FR: 4-2 L vs. WSH)
All-Time Playoff Record: 5-16 in 21 GP (0-4 in 4 series)

Playoff Records
Game 7s: Columbus has yet to contest a Game 7
Overtime: 4-3 (1-2 at home, 3-1 on road)
Facing Elimination: 1-4 (1-3 at home, 0-1 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: Columbus has yet to contest a game in which it could clinch a series

Stanley Cup Final
Stanley Cup Final Appearances: 0
Stanley Cups: 0

Links

Stanley Cup Champions
All-Time Playoff Formats
All-Time Playoff Standings
Playoff Skater Records
Playoff Goaltender Records
Playoff Team Records

Columbus Blue Jackets: Year-by-Year Record (playoffs at bottom)
Columbus Blue Jackets: All-Time Record vs. Opponents (playoffs at bottom)

LOOKING AHEAD: 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Team Notes
* Columbus is in search of its first playoff series victory, returning to the postseason for the third consecutive year and fifth time in franchise history. The Blue Jackets will aim to become the third NHL franchise in the past two seasons to earn its first series victory, with the Golden Knights and Jets each doing so during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to a showdown in the Western Conference Final.

* Only three franchises in League history have required more than four series before advancing in the playoffs for the first time. In their first season in Calgary (1980-81), the Flames picked up the franchise’s first series victory in its seventh try (after going 0-6 while based in Atlanta). The Canucks and Predators started 0-5 before winning their sixth all-time series, in 1982 and 2011, respectively.
^The Pittsburgh Pirates/Philadelphia Quakers (0-2), Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons (0-2), Montreal Wanderers (N/A) and Hamilton Tigers (N/A) never won a playoff series

* Columbus is one of six franchises in NHL history to begin each of its first four or more playoff series as visitors. The other franchises to do so: Avalanche/Nordiques played Game 1 on the road in each of their first six playoff series (1981 to 1984); the Canucks (5; 1975 to 1981), Sharks (5; 1994 to 1998), Stars (5; 1968 to 1971 as North Stars) and Devils (4; 1978 to 1988 as Rockies/Devils) are the others to do so.

* In the 2018 First Round against the eventual Stanley Cup champion Capitals, the Blue Jackets rallied from a multi-goal deficit to win in both Games1 and 2. It was just the fifth time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history that a team won the opening two games of a series after trailing by multiple goals in each contest.

* Overall, Columbus has trailed by multiple goals in four of its five playoff wins (also Games 2 and 4 of 2014 FR vs. PIT). In their other playoff victory (Game 4 of 2017 FR), the Blue Jackets built a 3-0 lead and won 5-4 to stave off elimination despite allowing the Penguins to pull with one goal on three occasions.

* More than half of Columbus’ playoff games have been decided by a one-goal margin (12 of 21; 5-7 record), including each of the club’s five postseason victories (four in overtime, one in regulation). Eleven of those one-goal games have come since 2014, with seven reaching overtime (4-3 record).

* Columbus’ active roster has a combined 413 career playoff games, third-fewest among playoff-bound teams behind Calgary (287 GP) and Carolina (363 GP).

Player Notes
* Acquired hours before the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, Adam McQuaid leads all Blue Jackets players with 68 career playoff games. Drafted by Columbus in the second round (No. 55) in the 2005 NHL Draft, McQuaid accumulated 23 of those playoff contests as a rookie in 2011 as he helped Boston win Cup.

Sergei Bobrovsky owns a career playoff record of 5-14 in 24 games (20 starts) with the Blue Jackets (5-12 in 17 GP) and Flyers (0-2 in 7 GP). Bobrovsky has played 17 of 21 playoff games in franchise history, earning each of the club’s five postseason victories.

* Bobrovsky has faced at least 50 shots in a playoff game twice, the only two such instances in Blue Jackets history. He had a 54-save victory in Game 2 of the 2018 First Round against Washington and 48-save loss in Game 5 of the 2014 First Round in Pittsburgh.

* Bobrovsky is one of five players to have played in each Blue Jackets playoff game since 2014, joined on that list by Boone Jenner (6-5—11), Cam Atkinson (5-5—10), Brandon Dubinsky (2-6—8) and David Savard (0-5—5). Jenner has more career playoff points for Columbus than any other player, while his six postseason goals are tied for the most, just head of Atkinson.

John Tortorella is one of four NHL coaches who has won a Game 7 in each of the four different playoff rounds (also Pat BurnsMike Keenan and Peter Laviolette). Tortorella is one of eight active head coaches to guide a team to a Stanley Cup win, doing so in 2004 with Tampa Bay. The others: Barry TrotzMike SullivanClaude JulienMike Babcock, Laviolette, Ken Hitchcock and Marc Crawford.

IN REVIEW: 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON
Team Notes
* With one game remaining, the Blue Jackets (46-31-4, 96 points) have posted the second-highest win total and third-highest point total in franchise history following a record-setting finish of 50-24-8 (108 points) in 2016-17 and 45-30-7 (97 points) campaign in 2017-18.

* Columbus has posted 11 wins since the NHL Trade Deadline to keep pace in the playoff race. Only five teams have posted more victories in that span, all of whom are in the Eastern Conference (including three Metropolitan Division rivals: WSH, CAR and PIT).

* The Blue Jackets enter the playoffs as one of two teams with seven 20-goal scorers: Cam Atkinson (41), Matt Duchene (31), Artemi Panarin(28), Josh Anderson (27), Ryan Dzingel (26) Pierre-Luc Dubois (25), Oliver Bjorkstrand (22). Washington, a potential First Round opponent, is the other.

* The Blue Jackets are 24-14-2 as visitors in 2018-19, setting a franchise record for road wins in a season, besting the previous mark of 23-15-3 set in 2014-15.

* The Blue Jackets began the 2018-19 season with the youngest opening-night roster of any club, with an average age of 25 years, 24 days in their season-opening overtime win over the Red Wings.

Player Notes
* The Blue Jackets acquired four players within four days of the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline – Matt DucheneRyan DzingelAdam McQuaid and Keith Kinkaid – including three deals on Feb. 25.

* Both Duchene (31-39—70 in 72 GP) and Dzingel (26-30—56 in 77 GP) are in the midst of their best NHL season, with the former setting and matching career highs for goals and points, respectively, and the latter establishing career bests in every offensive category.

Cam Atkinson has matched a single-season franchise record for goals, with his 41 tallies thus far matching the record set by Rick Nash in 2003-04. Nash, who scored 40 goals in 2008-09, is the only other 40-goal scorer in Blue Jackets history.

* Atkinson matched a franchise record with a seven-game goal streak this season, the longest by any player in 2018-19. The 29-year-old ranks second in Blue Jackets history in both regular-season goals and points (186-156—342 in 526 GP), trailing Nash (289-258—547 in 674 GP) in both categories.

Oliver Bjorkstrand also came close to matching that record during the club’s playoff push, scoring in six straight games from March 24 to April 2 (7-0—7). The Blue Jackets had witnessed a goal streak of at least six games only twice in their 17 campaigns prior to 2018-19. Bjorkstrand has 22-11-33 thus far (76 GP) after posting 21-40—71 in 120 career games before this season.

* Only one other team had multiple players with a goal streak six or more games in 2018-19: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (Dec. 4-15) andTom Wilson (Nov. 21 – Dec. 2) each had a six-game run.

Artemi Panarin has set the single-season franchise record for both assists and points in each of his first two campaigns with Columbus, tallying 27-55—82 in 2017-18 and besting those marks with 28-57—85 so far in 2018-19.

* The only Blue Jackets player to hit 80 points in a season, Panarin has factored on 34.2% of the team’s goals since the start of 2017-18 (167 of 488).

 

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