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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (20-36-6) at Ottawa Senators (31-26-4)


Mar. 4, 2023 Game No. 63 (20-36-6, 46 pts.)
at Ottawa Senators (31-26-4, 66 pts.), Canadian Tire Centre Road Game No. 29 (7-17-4, 18 pts.) The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2022-23 Media Guide can be accessed at bluejackets.com/pressbox. Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: MAR. 3, 2023 – CBJ 2 vs. SEA 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Laine (18), Boqvist (3)
SEA Goal Scorers: PP – McCann (30), Eberle (14), PP – Wennberg (11), EN – Tanev (12)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (31/34; 59:08); SEA – Grubauer (21/23; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 1/4; PK: 2/4 | Shots: CBJ: 23 / SEA: 35
3 Stars: 1. Wennberg, SEA; 2. Boqvist, CBJ; 3. McCann, SEA
Noteworthy: CBJ had their 3-game points streak snapped (2-0-1)… CBJ scored the 1st goal of the game 10:18 into the 2nd period, but SEA followed up with 2 goals in the 2nd… CBJ scored 4:53 into the 3rd period to tie the game at 2 but SEA scored final 2 goals to win… Laine notched his 12th multi-point effort of the season (1-1-2), giving him points in 2-straight games (1-2-3)… Boqvist recorded his 3rd multi-point contest of the campaign (1-1-2)… Gaudreau tallied his team-leading 40th assist of the season, becoming the 13th different player in club history to do so in a single season… Gudbranson registered his 11th assist of the campaign, tying his single-season career high in assists (78 GP with CGY in 2021-22).

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (56 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (49 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (47 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (1 game)

Mar. 2 Acquired Hutchinson and a 7th-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft from Vegas in exchange for Quick
Mar. 2 Acquired Gillies from Arizona in exchange for Voracek and a 6th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and assigned Gillies to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 1 Loaned Greaves to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 1 Acquired Quick, a conditional 1st-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a 3rd-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for Gavrikov and Korpisalo
Feb. 28 Acquired a 5th-round pick in 2023 NHL Draft from Minnesota in exchange for Nyquist
Feb. 28 Recalled Greaves from Cleveland (AHL) and assigned Sweezey to Cleveland

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2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-1-0 at OTT)
2021-22 Series: 1-1-1 (1-0-0 at OTT)
All-Time Series: 16-16-2-2 (7-9-1-1 at OTT)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 6-2-2 | 5-4-1
All-Time GF/GA: 101/102
All-Time SF/SA: 1,133/1,057
All-Time PP: 25-of-135
All-Time PK: 101-of-128

THE LAST GAME VS. OTT: JAN. 3, 2023 – CBJ 0 at OTT 4
CBJ Goal Scorers:
OTT Goal Scorers: PP – Brassard (5), Stutzle (15), PP – Batherson (13), EN/SH – Watson (4)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (30/33; 59:37); OTT – Forsberg (22/22; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/3; PK: 4/6 | Shots: CBJ: 22 / OTT: 34
3 Stars: 1. Stutzle, OTT; 2. Forsberg, OTT; 3. Giroux, OTT
Noteworthy: CBJ failed to score a goal for the 3rd time this season… OTT’s eventual GWG was scored 2:59 into the 2nd period with the club adding two more 2nd period goals (7:00 and 11:31) and one 3rd period goal (16:41)… CBJ were led by Kuraly in shots (3), Olivier in hits (6), Marchenko and Sillinger in blocked shots (3) and Gudbranson in TOI (22:21).

Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. OTT)
CBJ have recorded points in 9 of last 11 meetings vs. OTT dating back to 3/17/18 (7-2-2)… CBJ had registered points in 4-straight games at Canadian Tire Centre (3-0-1) prior to a 4-0 shutout loss in the Jan. 3 loss earlier this season… The road team has recorded points in 7 of the last 9 games in the series dating back to 2/22/19 (5-2-2)… 5 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by a single goal (CBJ; 3-2-2) with 3 of them decided in OT… The club has killed off 28-of-32 Ottawa power play chances over the last 14 meetings dating back to 3/4/17 (87.5 pct.)… CBJ and OTT have split the 6 shutouts in the all-time series at 3 each with the Senators recording the most recent one in the earlier game this season by Anton Forsberg in a 4-0 win over CBJ in Ottawa on Jan. 3, 2023 (22 saves)…. OTT has registered both hat tricks and owns all three penalty shot attempts in the series… Most goals scored at OTT: 7 (1/22/17)… Most goals allowed at OTT: 6 (1/22/17).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. OTT)
Bayreuther notched 1st NHL goal on 11/23/18 vs. OTT… Gavrikov skated in his 200th career NHL game on 4/22/22 vs. OTT… Gudbranson skated in his 100th career NHL game on 4/7/13 vs. OTT… Jenner recorded his 100th NHL career assist on 11/25/19 vs. OTT… Laine skated in his 100th NHL career game on 12/3/17 vs. OTT and notched his 8th career hat trick on 2/8/20 vs. OTT.

• Gaudreau – 6-15-21 in 24 career GP, including 3-7-10 with two multi-point efforts in his last 11 contests vs. the club

• Laine – 4-8-12 in 11 career GP, including points in 7 of his contests and 3-4-7 with 3 multi-point efforts in his past 5

• Merzlikins – 1-1-1 with a 2.05 GAA and .931 SV% in 5 career GP, including a 0.96 GAA and .965 SV% while recording points in his last two games (1-0-1)

• Robinson – 1-2-3 in 8 career GP with all 3 of his points scored in his last 3 road games.

• Roslovic – 3-1-4 in 8 career GP, including goals in 2 of the last 3 games played (3-0-3)

The Blue Jackets had their three-game points-streak snapped (2-0-1) and now have collected points in six of their last eight games (4-2-2) following Friday’s 4-2 loss to Seattle. The club is 7-6-4 in the past 17 contests and has registered points in seven of its last 10 games (5-3-2) with wins against four of the top-14 teams in the League in points (Toronto-4th; Dallas-8th; Edmonton-12th; Winnipeg14th). Columbus, which has collected points in four of its last five games of a back-to-back set (2-1-2), concludes its 13th of 17 back-to-back sets of the season at Ottawa (Saturday).

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, which has collected points in a season-high five-straight road games (3-0-2), 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).

The club picked up its ninth comeback victory of the season (four by multiple goal deficits) with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 16. CBJ have come-from-behind to win in four of their last seven victories after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in a 5-3 win vs. San Jose (Jan. 21), 2-1 in a 3-2 OT win at Edmonton (Jan. 25), 2-0 in a 4-3 win at Toronto (Feb. 11) and 1-0 in the 3-1 win vs. Winnipeg. The team set a franchise record in 2021-22 by coming back at some point in a game in 23 of its 37 wins (6th in the NHL).


LAST GAME: March 2, 5-3 win at N.Y. Rangers: The Senators scored at least five goals for a fourth consecutive game to extend their winning streak to four games with a 5-3 win at Madison Square Garden. The victory marked the fifth time in the last six seasons in which the two teams played that Ottawa emerged with more wins in the season series. Brassard became the 10th skater to appear in a 1,000th career regular season game with the Senators while pacing Ottawa with two goals in the contest to become the seventh skater in league history to record multiple goals while skating in the milestone game. Giroux added a goal and two assists for a game-high three points to mark his 19th multi-point game of the season, tied for the second most by a player in their first year with Ottawa. Pinto moved into a tie for second in rookie goal scoring with his 16th of the year and Stützle added his third goal of the season against New York. Kreider (shorthanded), Trouba and Tarasenko scored for the Rangers. Talbot made 29 saves to earn the win for Ottawa while Halak turned aside 29 shots in taking the loss for the Rangers. Scratches: Brannstrom, Kelly; Injuries: Forsberg, Norris; Shots: OTT – 0-3, NYR – 0-4; PP: OTT – 34, NYR – 32.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Columbus will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet ONE, Citytv and
TVAS as a part of Hockey Night in Canada. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 UniqueFM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa begins a five-game road trip at Chicago on Monday evening at 9 p.m. ET. The contest will mark the second of two regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at United Center.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg and C Norris are on IR and will not oppose the Blue Jackets this evening. Total man-games lost: 213.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Acquired D Chychrun from Arizona in exchange for three draft picks on March 1; Re-assigned D Larsson to Belleville (AHL) on March 2.

OTTAWA vs. COLUMBUS – History:
2022-23 (1-0-0): Jan. 3 @ Ottawa (4-0 win), March 4 @ Ottawa, April 2 @ Columbus
2021-22 (2-1-0): 1/23/22 @ Columbus (2-1 win), 3/16/22 @ Ottawa (4-1 loss), 4/22/22 @ Columbus (2-1 SO win)
Series record: Overall: 18-12-2-4; Home: 10-5-1-2; Away: 8-7-1-2
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: Jan. 3 (4-0); @ Columbus: 4/22/22 (2-1 SO)
Last Columbus win: @ Ottawa: 3/16/22 (4-1); @ Columbus: 2/24/20 (4-3 OT)
Last OT result: 2/24/20 (4-3 OT loss) @ Columbus
Last shootout: 4/22/22 (2-1 SO win) @ Columbus
Most goals, game: Scored: 7, (10/14/15, 7-3 win); Allowed: 7, (1/22/17, 7-6 OT loss); Both teams: 13, (1/22/17, 7-6 OT loss)
Last Game: Jan. 3, 4-0 win @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: Brassard, Stützle, Batherson, Watson; CBJ Goals: None; OTT Scratches: None; OTT Injuries: Chartier, Joseph, Motte, Norris, Zaitsev; OTT Goalie: Forsberg; CBJ Goalie: Korpisalo; OTT PP: 2-6; CBJ PP: 0-3; Shots: 34-22.

Career vs. Columbus: Giroux leads all players in career games played (35), in goals (11), in assists (24) and in points (35); Hamonic leads in penalty minutes (18) against Columbus.

SWEATER WEATHER: The Senators enter their third season of wearing a primary logo which sees the organization return to its roots with the implementation of the modified original “2D” logo. The team has earned a 82-92-15 all-time record (27-25-4 this season) while wearing its current sweater. Ottawa unveiled their Reverse Retro jersey on Oct. 20 and wore the sweater on five occasions in 2022-23 (4-1-0 this season). The Senators hold an all-time record of 116-76-7-25 when wearing an alternate; 27-19-2-5 when wearing a red alternate, 88-56-5-19 when wearing a black alternate and 1-1-0-1 when wearing a cream alternate.

HOME ON THE RANGE: Ottawa has a record of 18-12-2 at home this season … Tim Stützle is the Senators leader with 19 goals at home while also maintaining the club lead with 24 assists at Canadian Tire Centre … Through 32 home games, Stützle leads the team with 43 points on home ice … The Senators earned a record of 15-22-4 at home through 41 home contests in 2021-22.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their 10th set of the season on March 11 when the team visits Vancouver ahead of visiting Calgary the following evening … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (6-3-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (6-3-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 58 for 231 (25.1%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 12 powerplay goals while Alex DeBrincat maintains the club lead with 25 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 15 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 186 of the 224 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 83.0% through 61 regular-season games … The team has registered six (Watson x3, Joseph x2, Motte) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.

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