Blue Jackets travel to Long Island to take on the Islanders at UBS Arena

UBS Arena within Belmont Park, on Hempstead Turnpike at the Cross Island Parkway in Elmont, Nassau County, New York. 2021 photo. By Tdorante10 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

TV:  ESPN+, HULU                  Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Brian Boucher (analyst)           
Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (analyst), Dylan Tyrer (host)

THE MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

2021-22 Record: 32-30-5, 69 pts. (5th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.21 Goals-For/3.70 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.2 Shots-For/35.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  18.9 percent (24th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  77.4 percent (20th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.7 PIM (5th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  10-3-2 (4-2)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

2021-22 Record: 29-27-9, 67 pts. (6th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  2.72 Goals-For/2.69 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.1 Shots-For/32.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  20.6 percent (18th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  83.2 percent (6th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  8.6 (15th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  2-3-6 (1-6)

Players to Watch:  Brock Nelson, who has 5-4-9 over a five-game points streak, leads the Islanders in goals and points with 32-16-48 in 56 appearances this season… D Noah Dobson leads team blueliners in goals, assists and points with 10-28-38 in 63 outings… G Ilya Sorokin ranks second in the NHL in shutouts with a 22-14-7 record, 2.30 GAA, .927 SV% and six shutouts in 43 games in 2021-22.

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 23-15-7 in 45 all-time meetings, including 8-11-2 on the road… Of Note: The clubs did not meet in 2020-21… Columbus has picked up points in four of the last seven meetings since Mar. 26, 2019 (3-3-1) but New York has won the last two outings in regulation… Four of the last six meetings, including two of the three in the season series, have been decided by a single goal (two in OT)… The Blue Jackets have killed off 16-of-19 Islanders power play attempts over the last 10 games (84.2 pct.)… New York has posted seven of the 11 shutouts in the all-time series after Ilya Sorokin turned aside all 25 shots in a 6-0 home win on March 10… Neither team has recorded a penalty shot in the series.

This Season (CBJ, 1-2-0)

Oct. 21, 2021 – at CBJ 3, NYI 2 (OT)

Mar. 10, 2022 – at NYI 6, CBJ 0

Mar. 29, 2022 – NYI 4, at CBJ 3
Mar. 31, 2022 – at NY Islanders (7 p.m.)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

The Blue Jackets failed to pick up a point for just the third time in the last nine games (4-3-2) following a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday… The team ranks 11th-T in the NHL in points since Jan. 27 with a 14-9-4 record (32 pts) in its last 27 games… The Blue Jackets close out a stretch of five-of-six games played away from Nationwide Arena from Mar. 22-Apr. 2 with games at New York (Thursday) and Boston (Saturday… The team ranks sixth in the NHL in goals-per-game since Jan. 27 (3.59 avg)… CBJ have scored three or more goals (incl. SO goals) in 41 of their 67 games this season (29-9-3)… The club in 26-4-1 when scoring four-plus goals in a game in 2021-22… CBJ rank third in the League in win percentage after regulation and are three off the lead in wins in OT/SO (10-3-2; .667)… The Blue Jackets have trailed in 21 of their 32 victories this season, including seven of their last eight wins.  The 21 comeback victories are tied with Florida for third-most in the NHL (NY Rangers, 23; Tampa Bay, 22) and are a new single season record in franchise history (20; 2005-06, 2018-19)… CBJ boast six 40-point producers on the team… After posting a stat line of 2-1-3 on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets rank second-T in the NHL in goals (38) and 10th in points (150) by defensemen… Columbus has scored a power play goal in 14 of the past 24 contests (17-of-67; 25.4 pct.), ranking ninth-T in the NHL in power play pct. since Feb. 8.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has notched goals in two of the last three games, has set a new single-season career high in goals and points with 24-26-50 in 65 appearances this season.  The forward has also posted 8-7-15 in his last 15 games and has collected points in 17 of the last 24 outings (12-10-22)… D Vladislav Gavrikov notched his second multi-goal of the season and of his career with two goals on Tuesday.  He has collected 2-2-4 in the last five games and has already set career highs in goals (tied, 2019-20), assists and points with 5-24-29 in 65 contests…  C Sean Kuraly has set a single-season career high in goals and points with 11-13-24 in 67 games… LW Patrik Laine registered his team-leading 16th multi-point effort of the season with two assists on Tuesday.  The winger, who is tied for the NHL lead in overtime goals (three) and ranks ninth-T in game-winners (seven), ranks fourth-T in the League in goals and 11th-T in points since Jan. 27 while recording points in 21 of the 27 games with 19-17-36… LW Gus Nyquist has posted 2-2-4 in the last five games and has recorded points in seven of his last 12 games (3-6-9)… D Andrew Peeke collected an assist in his 100th career NHL game on Tuesday.  He has played 21-plus minutes in 32 of his last 33 games since Jan. 13 (24:19) and ranks sixth in the NHL in blocked shots this season with 138… C Jack Roslovic has recorded 4-8-12 while averaging 16:49 of ice time in his last 17 outings since Feb. 24 after collecting assists on Friday and Saturday… RW Jakub Voracek has recorded points in six-straight games (2-4-6) and has 4-18-22 while posting points in 18 of his last 24 appearances since Jan. 31.  He leads the club in assists (44, 8th-T most in single season in CBJ history) and his .69 assists-per-game, meanwhile, are the second-highest in a single season in franchise-history, trailing only Artemi Panarin’s .75 A/GP when he posted a club record 59 helpers in 2018-19… D Zach Werenski has recorded points in six of his last eight games played (1-6-7) and has 4-17-21 in his last 24 outings, ranking eighth-T among NHL blueliners in scoring since Jan. 23.  He has 10-32-42 in 60 contests this season and is four assists and five points from tying his single-season career highs set in his rookie campaign in 2016-17 (11-36-47, 78 GP).

MILESTONES

•     D Jake Bean is four games from 100 for his NHL career (6-24-30, 96 GP).

•     C Sean Kuraly is eight points from 100 for his NHL career (35-57-92, 337 GP).

•     LW Patrik Laine is one game from 400 for his NHL career (175-146-322, 399 GP) and seven games from 100 for his CBJ career (35-37-72, 93 GP).

•     D Zach Werenski is five games from 400 for his NHL career (75-155-230, 395 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 Zach Werenski (upper body; Injured on Mar. 26) is day-to-day

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 276

UBS Arena before an Islanders game. 2022 photo. By Andrew nyr – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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