Blue Jackets welcome in the San Jose Sharks tonight



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Sharks to Watch

«  Sharks captain C Logan Couture has posted 16-20-36 in 46 games played in 2022-23 and has recorded 28 points (12-16-28) in his last 32 games since (Nov. 10).

«  D Erik Karlsson, who was named to his seventh NHL All-Star Game, leads League blueliners in goals, assists, and points with 15-47-62 in 46 games and is coming off a four-point outing on January 18th (1-3-4).

«  RW Timo Meier, who leads the Sharks in goals with 26-20-46 in 46 outings, is seventh-T in the NHL in goals (25) and sixth in shots (160) since November 1 .

All-Time Series

«  Columbus has gone 24-34-5 in 63 all-time meetings vs. San Jose, including 16-13-3 at home.

«  The Blue Jackets have won four of the last seven games in the series.

«  The Jackets have collected points in seven of the last 11 games at Nationwide Arena (6-4-1) with the club winning two of the last three in Ohio (CBJ; 2-1-0).

«  CBJ have killed off 13-of-15 San Jose power play opportunities over the last seven meetings of the series dating back to Mar. 4, 2018 (86.7 pct.).

«  The winning team has scored three-or-more goals in the series in each of the last 12 games dating back to the 2015-16 season.

«  Each team has recorded six shutouts in the all-time series with the most recent belonging to the CBJ’s Sergei Bobrovsky (26 saves) in a 4-0 win in Columbus on February 23, 2019.

«  The series is also tied in hat tricks (three each) and penalty shot attempts (two each).

This Season ( 0-0-0)

«  Jan. 21, 2023 – at COLUMBUS (7 p.m. ET)

«  Mar. 14, 2023 – at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET)

Player Notables vs. Sharks

«  D Adam Boqvist – 2-0-2 in 3 career GP, including notching two goals in his only career home game against the Sharks last season on Dec. 5.

«  LW Johnny Gaudreau – 9-14-23 in 30 career GP, including points in seven of his last 10 games with four multi-point efforts against the club (5-8-13).  He has recorded 8-6-14 in 14 career home games against San Jose.

«  C Boone Jenner – 5-4-9 in 14 career GP, including points in six of his eight career home contests against the Sharks (3-3-6).

«  W Gustav Nyquist – 4-3-7 in 16 career GP, including 3-1-4 in his past five home outings.

«  C Jack Roslovic – 4-1-5 in 10 career GP with all of his points recorded in the last five games, including goals in two-straight (3-0-3).


  • Columbus closes out a four games in six days stretch on Saturday against the Sharks, most recently falling 5-3 to Anaheim on Thursday.
  • CBJ also close out a stretch of four-of-six games played at home from January 12-21.  The club heads out for a four-game road trip through western Canada (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver) and Seattle next week.
  • The Blue Jackets kicked off a stretch of seven consecutive contests against the Western Conference on Tuesday.  After facing the Central Division’s Predators, the team plays six-straight against the Pacific Division from January 19-28.  CBJ are 3-1-1 against the Pacific Division in 2022-23.
  • Columbus’ blueliners have registered 5-6-11 in the last 6 contests and have combined for 21-47-68 in 45 games during the 2022-23 season.
  • The Blue Jackets boast a League-high 24 different players to score a goal this season.  It’s tied for the second-most different goal scorers through the first 45 games of a season in franchise history (also 2020-21) and trails only the 26 different players to score a goal in the first 45 contests of the 2011-12 campaign when the club ended with a franchise-high 30 different goal scorers.
  • CBJ rookies have combined for 11-8-18 over the last 14 games.  They lead all NHL teams in goals and rank third in points with 24-26-50 in 45 contests in 2022-23.
  • The Jackets play their fourth of five-straight Saturday games from December 31-January 28 against the Sharks.  The club has won each of its first three Saturday games of the stretch (4-1 vs. CHI, 4-3 SO vs. CAR, 4-3 at DET).


  • RW Emil Bemstrom has totaled 2-5-7 in 12 games since being recalled by Columbus at the end of December.
  • Nick Blankenburg has registered 1-1-2 in his last four contests and has collected 3-2-5 in 12 outings in 2022-23.
  • LW Johnny Gaudreau picked up his team-leading 30th assist on Thursday against Anaheim and now has 3-4-7 over his last five games.  He leads the team in goals (tied), assists and points with 12-30-42 in 45 contests and was named to his first NHL All-Star Game as a Blue Jacket and seventh in his career.  He finished the 2022 calendar year with 38-81-119 in 88 games split between Calgary and Columbus to end the year second-T in the League in assists and third in points.  His 81 assists were the second most by a U.S-born player in a single season in NHL history, trailing only Craig Janney’s 82 in 1992.
  • Kent Johnson ranks sixth among NHL rookies in goals and points (tied) and 10th in points-per-game (min. 15 GP) with 8-11-19 in 41 contests (.45 Pt/GP).
  • Joonas Korpisalo has stopped 194-of-210 shots over his last seven games played to rank 10th in the NHL in save percentage (.924) since December 9 (min. 6 GP).
  • LW Patrik Laine recorded the 100th point of his CBJ career on Thursday against Anaheim with an assist on Nick Blankenburg’s goal.  He has recorded 3-4-7 in his last six contests and 10-9-19 in 22 contests since December 1 to raise his season totals to 12-11-23 in 30 contests.
  • RW Kirill Marchenko ranks fourth-T among NHL rookie goal scorers in 2022-23 with 9-0-9 in 22 games but leads League rookies in goals and ranks sixth-T in points since making his NHL debut on December 6.
  • Jack Roslovic scored a goal on Thursday against Anaheim to stretch his points streak to four-straight games (1-4-5).  He has picked up 3-16-19 in 24 outings since December 1 after totaling 1-5-6 in his first 18 games of the campaign.


  • Gavin Bayreuther is 10 games from 100 for his NHL career (5-14-19, 90 GP).
  • C Boone Jenner (155-151-306, 623 GP) is five games from surpassing Cam Atkinson (213-189-402, 627 GP) for the second-most games played in CBJ history.
  • LW Gustav Nyquist is three games from 700 for his NHL career (173-248-421, 697 GP).
  • Equipment Manager Jamie Healy is four games from 2,000 for his pro hockey career.


  • Jake Bean (shoulder) is on Injured Reserve (Nov. 17); out 4-to-6 months (30 games)
  • RW Yegor Chinakhov (ankle) is on Injured Reserve (Dec. 20); out indefinitely (14 games)
  • C/RW Justin Danforth (torn labrum) is on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (39 games)
  • RW Carson Meyer (oblique strain) is on Injured Reserve (Jan. 10); 6-to-8 weeks (5 games)
  • LW Jakub Voracek (upper body) is on Injured Reserve (Nov. 4); out indefinitely (34 games)
  • Zach Werenski (shoulder separation/torn labrum) is on Injured Reserve (Nov. 10); out 6 months (32 games)