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Blue Jackets begin their third trek into the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight at arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 pm

Stanley Cup Playoffs  ||  Eastern Conference Quarterfinals  |  Game 1
Apr. 12, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Penguins  ||  PPG Paints Arena  ||  7:30 pm ET

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley), USA
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)
GAME INFORMATION
The Matchup
Columbus: 50-24-8  (108 pts.)  || 22-12-7  (51 pts.) on Road  || 3rd Metropolitan  || 3.01 GF / 2.35 GA
Pittsburgh: 50-21-11 (111 pts)  || 31-6-4 (66 pts.) at Home  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.39 GF / 2.79 GA
All-Time Regular Season Series
Columbus: 12-15-4 (4-10-1 on Road)
2016-17: Dec. 22 – at CBJ 7, PIT 1… Feb. 3 – at PIT 4, CBJ 3 (OT)… Feb. 17 – at CBJ 2, PIT 1 (OT)… Apr. 4 – at PIT 4, CBJ 1
2015-16: Nov. 13 – CBJ 2, at PIT 1… Nov. 27 – at CBJ 2, PIT 1 (OT)… Dec. 21 – at PIT 5, CBJ 2… Mar. 11 – PIT 3, at CBJ 2

*  Columbus is 7-4-1 against Pittsburgh since the two teams met in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs (4-2 Pittsburgh series win)

*  Five of the six games in the 2014 playoff series between the teams had 4-3 finals, including the first two wins in Blue Jackets playoff history with a double overtime win on Apr. 19, 2014 at Pittsburgh (Game 2) and on Apr. 23, 2014 at Columbus (Game 4)

NOTEWORTHY

*  The Blue Jackets set a club record in wins and points, surpassing the 43-32-7 record (93 pts) posted in 2013-14
*  Columbus set a franchise record and ranked fourth in the NHL in points recorded on the road this season (51) and seventh in goals (2.88 per game)
*  The Jackets are playing in their third postseason in franchise history (2009, 0-4 vs. Detroit in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals; 2014, 2-4 vs. Pittsburgh in Eastern Conference quarterfinals)

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Blue Jackets:
* 13  Cam Atkinson - Winger, who tallied 1-2-3 in six playoff games in 2014, set career highs in goals, assists and points and led the club in scoring for second-straight campaign with 35-27-62
* 20  Brandon Saad - Tied his career highs in assists and points, finishing third on the club in scoring with 24-29-53, and has 15-19-34 in 67 career playoff games
Penguins:
* 71  Evgeni Malkin - Finished second on the Penguins in goals and points with 33-39-72 in 62 contests and has 48-81-129 in 124 career postseason games
* 87  Sidney Crosby - Won his second career “Rocket” Richard trophy after leading the league with 44 goals in 2016-17 and has 49-88-137 in 124 career playoff contests

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS