Blue Jackets stay in the LA area to take on Anaheim tonight at 8:30 pm tonight

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS. ANAHEIM DUCKS

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: 35-34-6, 76 pts. (6th, Metropolitan Division)

Goals:  3.16 Goals-For/3.65 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.0 Shots-For/35.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.3 percent (25th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.9 percent (19th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.8 PIM (5th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  11-4-2 (4-2)

ANAHEIM DUCKS

2021-22 Record: 29-33-14 (6th, Pacific Division)

Goals:  2.75 Goals-For/3.21 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.5 Shots-For/33.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  21.7 percent (12th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  81.0 percent (12th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.4 (24th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  9-9-5 (4-5)

Players to Watch:  RW Troy Terry leads the club in goals, points, power play goals and game-winning goals with 34-26-60, eight PPG and seven GWG in 69 appearances this season… D Cam Fowler leads Ducks blueliners in goals (tied), assists and points with 8-31-39 in 72 contests in 2021-22 and has totaled 8-8-16 in 21 career games against Columbus… G John Gibson owns a .905 save-percentage in 52 outings this season and has a 5-3-1 record with a 2.36 GAA and .918 SV% in nine career games vs. CBJ.

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  The Blue Jackets are 30-25-7 in 62 all-time meetings vs. the Ducks, including 14-13-4 on the road… Of Note: The teams did not meet during the 2020-21 season… The visiting team is 4-0-1 in the last five games of the series with each of those contests decided by a single goal (three after regulation)… CBJ have posted points in three of the last four games at Anaheim (2-1-1)… The winning team has scored two goals in three of the last four games (incl. SO goals)… Columbus has killed off all 25 Anaheim power play chances over the last 10 games of the series… The Blue Jackets own four of the seven shutouts in the series while the Ducks have three of the four hat tricks.

This Season (CBJ, 0-0-1)

Dec. 9, 2021 – ANA 2, at CBJ 1 (SO)

Apr. 17, 2022 – at Anaheim (8:30 p.m. ET)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus fell to 3-2-1 and had its two-game win streak snapped with a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday… CBJ play the second game of their annual California road trip with contest at Anaheim on Sunday before finishing at San Jose on Tuesday… The team is 17-13-5 (39 pts) in its last 35 games since Jan. 27 and ranks 10th in the NHL in goals-per-game (3.40 avg) over that stretch… CBJ have scored three or more goals (incl. SO goals) in 44 of their 75 games this season (32-9-3)… The club is also 29-4-1 when scoring four-plus goals in a game in 2021-22, including posting five goals in two of the last three games… 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 fourth-most in the NHL, trailing only Florida (26), the NY Rangers (26) and Tampa Bay (24), and are a new single season record in franchise history (20; 2005-06, 2018-19)… CBJ boast six 40-point producers and three 50-point players on the team… The Blue Jackets rank fifth-T in the NHL in goals (39) and 15th in points (162) by defensemen.  The club’s defensemen have combined for 6-28-34 in the last 17 outings, posting two-plus points in 12 of those contests… The Jackets denied Los Angeles on all three power play attempts on Saturday and have killed off 20-of-21 opponent power play attempts over the last six games, ranking second-T in the NHL in PK pct. since Apr. 4 (95.2 pct.)… Columbus has tied a franchise record set in the inaugural season in 2000-01 with 10 players making their NHL debut in 2021-22 after F Kent Johnson and D Nick Blankenburg made their League debuts on Wednesday (also Chinakhov, Christiansen, Danforth, Fix-Wolansky, Hofmann, Meyer, Sillinger, Tarasov).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has set a new single-season career high in goals and points with 24-26-50 in 73 appearances this season… F Justin Danforth has tallied goals in four of the last eight contests… D Vladislav Gavrikov has recorded 2-4-6 in his last 10 outings and has already set career highs in goals (tied, 2019-20), assists and points with 5-26-31 in 73 contests…  C Sean Kuraly ranks 16th in the NHL with 221 hits.  The forward, who has points in three-straight games played (2-2-4), has set a single-season career high in goals and points with 13-16-29 in 73 games… LW Patrik Laine, who is second-T in the NHL in overtime goals (three), is ninth-T in the League in goals since Jan. 27 with 20-21-41 in 35 contests, including notching his third three-point outing of the campaign on Wednesday (1-2-3)… LW Gus Nyquist has collected assists in three-straight games (0-5-5) and has 3-8-11 in the last 13 games and 4-12-16 in his past 20 outings.  He reached the 30-assist mark in a season for the third time in his career with an assist on Saturday… D Andrew Peeke ranks fifth in the NHL in blocked shots this season with 158… C Jack Roslovic has recorded multiple goals in two of the past three contests (5-1-6).  He has recorded 9-9-18, while averaging 17:32 of ice time in his last 25 outings since Feb. 24… C Cole Sillinger has collected 2-2-4 in his last five games… RW Jakub Voracek  has registered 4-23-27 in his last 32 appearances since Jan. 31.  He leads the club in assists (49, 4th-most in single season in CBJ history).  His .68 assists-per-game, meanwhile, are tied for the second-highest average in a single season in franchise-history… D Zach Werenski has recorded points in nine of his last 14 games played (2-10-12).  He ranks 10th-T in the NHL among blueliners in scoring since Jan. 23 with 5-21-24 in 30 outings.  The 24-year-old has also tied his single-season career highs in assists and points with 11-36-47 in 66 contests this season (11-36-47 in 78 GP in rookie campaign in 2016-17).

MILESTONES

•     D Vladislav Gavrikov is three games from 200 for his NHL career (12-50-62, 197 GP).

•     C Sean Kuraly is three points from 100 for his NHL career (37-60-97, 343 GP).

•     LW Gus Nyquist is five points from 400 for his NHL career (163-232-395, 645 GP).

•     RW Jakub Voracek is eight points from 800 for his NHL career (221-571-792, 1,040 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

TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 318

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