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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (19-35-6) at Buffalo Sabres (31-23-4)


Feb. 28, 2023 Game No. 61 (19-35-6, 44 pts.)
at Buffalo Sabres (31-23-4, 66 pts.), KeyBank Center Road Game No. 28 (6-17-4, 16 pts.)
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THE LAST GAME: FEB. 26, 2023 – CBJ 2 at MIN 3 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Olivier (5), Foudy (2)
MIN Goal Scorers: Kaprizov (35), PP – Kaprizov (36), OT – Kaprizov (37)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (41/44; 64:40); MIN – Fleury (22/24; 64:40)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 1/2 | Shots: CBJ: 24 / MIN: 44
3 Stars: 1. Kaprizov, MIN; 2. Hartman, MIN; 3. Merzlikins, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ collected a point in 2nd-straight game (1-0-1)… CBJ led 2-0 after 2 periods, but MIN scored 2 goals in the 3rd to send the game to OT… MIN scored with 19.9 seconds left in OT to win… Foudy scored a goal to give him 2-0-2 in his last 5 games… Olivier scored a goal and now has 2-2-4 in his past 5 games… Sweezey made his NHL debut, recoding 3 hits on 10:01 of ice time… Bayreuther skated in his 100th career NHL game… Gudbranson tallied his 10th assist of the campaign, while skating in his 700th career NHL game.

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (54 games)
Voracek (concussion); Placed on Injured Reserve (Nov. 4); out indefinitely (49 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (47 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (45 games)
Nyquist (shoulder); Placed on IR (Jan. 28); out indefinitely (12 games)
Boqvist (lower body); day-to-day (1 game)

Feb. 27 Activated Chinakhov and Meyer off Injured Reserve and loaned to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 25 Recalled Sweezey from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 9 Recalled Berni from Cleveland (AHL)

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2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at BUF)
2021-22 Series: 3-0-0 (2-0-0 at BUF)
All-Time Series: 23-13-1-2 (12-7-0-2 at BUF)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 6-2-2 | 5-3-2
All-Time GF/GA: 127/112
All-Time SF/SA: 1,244/1,200
All-Time PP: 23-of-134
All-Time PK: 98-of-128

THE LAST GAME VS. BUF: DEC. 7, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs. BUF 9
CBJ Goal Scorers: Laine (5), Nyquist (5), Laine (6), Nyquist (6)
BUF Goal Scorers: PP – Cozens (10), Thompson (17), Dahlin (9), Thompson (18), PP – Thompson (19), PP – Thompson (20), Thompson (21), Krebs (1), Tuch (13)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (6/9; 27:28), Merzlikins (15/21; 32:32); BUF – Luukkonen (20/24; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 2/5 | Shots: CBJ: 24 / BUF: 30
3 Stars: 1. Thompson, BUF; 2. Tuch, BUF; 3. Dahlin, BUF
Noteworthy: CBJ fell for 3rd consecutive game… Laine notched his 2nd multi-goal/3rd multi-point game of the season (2-0-2)… Nyquist
recorded his 1st multi-goal/3rd multi-point game of the campaign (2-0-2)… Gaudreau extended his points streak to a season-high 6-
straight games with an assist (2-8-10)… Jenner tallied an assist to give him 1-4-5 in the last 5 contests… Kuraly skated in his 100th
career CBJ game.


NOTED (Team Highlights vs. BUF)
CBJ had their 7-game points streak in the series dating back to 3/31/19 (5-0-2) snapped in the first meeting of the season series on Dec. 7 (9-4 loss)… CBJ have points in 13 of the past 17 games of the series since 4/8/16 (11-4-2)…CBJ have points in 5-straight games at BUF (3-0-2) dating back to 3/31/19… 4 of the last 7 meetings have been decided after regulation with each team winning 2 games in OT… Winning team has recorded 4-plus goals in 5-straight contests and 9 of the last 10 since 10/27/18… Each team has recorded 3 shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky in 4-0 win at BUF on 3/31/19) and a penalty shot (MR: Nash unsuccessful vs. Miller on 10/19/07)… Buffalo’s Tage Thompson (5-1-6) recorded the 1st hat trick in the all-time series in the club’s meeting on Dec. 7… Most goals scored at BUF: 7 (11/22/21)… Most goals allowed at BUF: 6 (3/29/04).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. BUF)
Foudy notched his 1st career NHL point (assist) on 2/13/20 at BUF… Gaudreau skated in his 300th career NHL game on 3/7/18 at BUF… Laine notched his 100th career NHL point (goal) on 1/9/18 at BUF.

• Gaudreau – 8-8-16 in 14 career GP, including points in all but four of his career games and 3-3-6 with two multi-point efforts in his last four road contests against the club
• Jenner – 5-6-11 in 21 career GP, including assists in each of his last four contests (1-5-6) and points in his last five outings (2-5-7)
• Laine – 3-6-9 in 11 career GP, including points in three-straight against the Sabres (2-3-5)
• Roslovic – 3-2-5 in 9 career GP, including points in three of his last four contests vs. the club (3-2-5)

The Blue Jackets have recorded points in five of their last six games (3-1-2) following Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss a Minnesota. The club is now 6-5-4 in the past 15 contests and has registered points in six of its last eight contests (4-2-2) with wins againstt four of the top-13 teams in the League in points (Toronto-4th; Dallas-8th; Edmonton-12th; Winnipeg-13th). The club concluded a stretch of six-straight games against the Western Conference on Sunday (3-1-2). Columbus will play its 13th of 17 back-to-back sets on Friday vs. Seattle and Saturday at Ottawa.

After playing a schedule heavy in-home games to date, the Blue Jackets will keep their travel bags packed over the next month. The club, who has collected points in a season-high four-straight road games (2-0-2), kicked off a stretch on Sunday of 12-of-15 games away from Nationwide Arena through the end of March. The schedule includes a season-long five-game road trip from March 14-21 with stops in California (San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim), Vegas and Washington. The lone home games during that stretch are March 3 (vs. Seattle), March 11 (vs. St. Louis) and March 24 (vs. NY Islanders).

• CBJ have allowed 24 goals over their last 9 games, ranking 8th-T in the NHL in goals-against/game (2.67) since returning from the NHL break on Feb. 10
• CBJ have killed off 42-of-51 opponent power play attempts over the last 20 games since Jan. 12 (82.4 pct.)
• CBJ have scored on 9-of-41 power play chances over their last 15 games dating back to Jan. 21 (22.0 pct.)
• CBJ blueliners have posted 3-10-13 in the last 10 games and have now recorded 24-66-90 in 60 games
• CBJ finished with a season-high 12 skaters recording a point on Nov. 17 vs. MTL
• CBJ have had 37 different players play in a game this season (34 skaters, 3 goaltenders)
• CBJ have recorded 37 multi-goal periods this season, including scoring 3 goals in the 2nd period and 2 goals in the 3rd period on Sat.
• CBJ were tied for 3rd-youngest team in the NHL (ARI and NJD) to start the season at 25.9, trailing only BUF (25.0) and OTT (25.7)


Sunday, Feb. 26
Washington 4 at Buffalo 7
Goals: Cozens (3), Thompson, Skinner, Girgensons, Hinostroza
Goalies: Luukkonen (26 saves/30 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/2; Shots: Buffalo 37 – Washington 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 105)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Alex Tuch (lower body, Feb. 26; IR) – 1 game
Rasmus Dahlin (lower body, Feb. 26) – 1 game

2/26: Recalled F Vinnie Hinostroza from Rochester (AHL); Placed F Alex Tuch on injured reserve
2/27: Signed G Michael Houser and placed him on waivers

Thursday, March 2: Buffalo at Boston, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 6: Edmonton at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9: Dallas at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

• This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Blue Jackets this season.
• Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Columbus 9-4 in Columbus on Dec. 7, 2022.
• Next meeting: Friday, April 14 in Columbus.
• The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games against the Blue Jackets; 5-4-1 at home.
• This is the 40th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 15-19-5 series record.
• The Sabres are 9-10-2 at home against the Blue Jackets all-time.

• A win in tonight’s game would give the Sabres their third winning streak of four or more games this season.
• The Sabres and the Blue Jackets have combined to score at least seven goals in each of the last five meetings between the two teams.
• Buffalo has scored eight power play goals in its last seven matchups with Columbus.
• Tage Thompson has recorded 29 points (14+15) in his last 25 games, including 10 points (5+5) in his last six games.
• A point in today’s game would give Thompson a seven-game point streak, the longest such streak of his career.
• In his last 37 games, Jeff Skinner has notched 45 points (20+25), including nine points (5+4) in his last six games.
• With a point today, Skinner will have recorded his second point streak of seven or more games this season, and the fourth of his career.
• A goal in tonight’s game would give Skinner his second goal streak of three or more games in 2022-23. It would be the 12th such streak of his career.
• Rasmus Dahlin has recorded 45 points (7+38) in his last 42 games, including 14 points (1+13) in his last 14 games.
• Dylan Cozens (6+3) and Casey Mittelstadt (2+7) have each collected nine points in their last eight games.
• In his last six games, Jack Quinn has recorded six points (2+4).
• A point in tonight’s game would give Owen Power a three-game point streak, one game shy of the longest point streak of his career (four games, Jan. 21 to 26, 2023).

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