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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (20-37-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (31-22-9)


Mar. 7, 2023 Game No. 64 (20-37-6, 46 pts.)
at Pittsburgh Penguins (31-22-9, 71 pts.), PPG Paints Arena Road Game No. 30 (7-18-4, 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 Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.

THE LAST GAME: MAR. 4, 2023 – CBJ 2 at OTT 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: Roslovic (7), PP – Laine (19)
OTT Goal Scorers: Hamonic (4), Stutzle (30), Hamonic (5), Chychrun (8), SHG – Stutzle (31)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (19/23; 23:04), Hutchinson (15/16; 36:56); OTT – Talbot (19/21; 59:47)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 21 / OTT: 39
3 Stars: 1. Stutzle, OTT; 2. Hamonic, OTT; 3. Chychrun, OTT
Noteworthy: CBJ lost their 2nd consecutive game… CBJ trailed 2-1 after the 1st period and 4-2 after the 2nd period… Laine scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season (tied) to extend his points streak to 3-straight contests (2-2-4)… Roslovic scored a goal to give him 3-2-5 in his last 5 outings… Marchenko tallied his 2nd assist of the campaign, giving him 2-1-3 in his past 5 games… Hutchinson made his CBJ debut in relief.

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (57 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (50 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (48 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (2 games)

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

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2022-23 Series: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at PIT)
2021-22 Series: 0-4-0 (0-2-0 at PIT)
All-Time Series: 14-26-0-8 (4-16-0-4 at PIT)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 2-7-1 | 0-7-3
All-Time GF/GA: 123/154
All-Time SF/SA: 1,467/1,592
All-Time PP: 26-of-171
All-Time PK: 129-of-184

THE LAST GAME VS. PIT: DEC. 6, 2022 – CBJ 1 at PIT 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: Gaudreau (9)
PIT Goal Scorers: Rust (7), Crosby (14), PP – Crosby (15), Blueger (1)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (30/34; 57:06); PIT – Jarry (38/39; 59:47)
CBJ PP: 0/5; PK: 4/5 | Shots: CBJ: 39 / PIT: 34
3 Stars: 1. Crosby, PIT; 2. Rust, PIT; 3. Blueger, PIT
Noteworthy: CBJ scored their lone goal 1 minute into the game, but PIT scored 4 unanswered goals (3 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd) to win… Gaudreau tied for the team lead (Jenner) with his 1st period goal, extending his points streak to 5-straight games (2-7-9)… Laine tallied an assist and now has 2-1-3 in his last 3 outings… Berni made his NHL debut, recording 1 shot and 13:39 of ice time… Marchenko made his NHL debut, registering 2 shots and 10:03 of ice time.


NOTED (Team Highlights vs. PIT)
Teams have met in 1st round in 2 playoffs (2014, 2017)… PIT has won the past 7 meetings (CBJ; 0-6-1), including all 4 games in the 2021-22 season… CBJ last earned a victory at PIT on 11/13/15 (2-1 W), falling in the last 12 trips to PPG Paints Arena (0-8-4)… Winning team has scored 4+ goals in 13 of the past 16 games of the series dating back to 12/27/17… PIT owns all 3 shutouts in all-time series… Each team has recorded 3 hat tricks in all-time series… Most goals scored at PIT: 4 – 3x (MR: 12/27/17)… Most goals allowed at PIT: 7 (10/5/19).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. PIT)
Berni made his NHL debut on 12/6/22 at PIT… Gudbranson skated in his 200th career NHL game on 12/20/14 at PIT… Jenner skated in 400th career NHL game on 2/26/19 vs. PIT… Johnson notched his 1st career NHL goal on 10/22/22 vs. PIT… Marchenko made his NHL debut on 12/6/22 at PIT… Merzlikins made NHL debut on 10/5/19 at PIT… Werenski picked up 100th NHL assist on 11/29/19 vs. PIT.

• Gaudreau – 7-6-13 in 16 career GP, including 3-3-6 in his last six contests vs. the club
• Jenner – 8-5-13 in 28 career GP, including goals in two of his last four games against the Pens
• Laine – 1-6-7 in 12 career GP, including 1-4-5 in six career road contests
• Roslovic – 2-3-5 in 10 career GP, including 1-1-2 in the 1st meeting of the 2022-23 series.


Mar. 4: Florida 4, Pittsburgh 1 – FLA Live Arena
PIT Goals: Letang (PP)
Multiple Points: None
Goalie: DeSmith (38 saves, 42 shots)
Key Stats: Kris Letang scored the lone goal as Pittsburgh’s win streak was snapped at four games.
PP: 1-5
PK: 4-5

Mar. 2: Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 4 (OT) – Amalie Arena
PIT Goals: Petry (2), Zucker (2), O’Connor
Multiple Points: Zucker (2G), Petry (2G), Carter (2A), Pettersson (2A)
Goalie: Jarry (27 saves, 31 shots)
Key Stats: Jason Zucker’s third-career overtime winner helped Pittsburgh to its fourth-straight win.
PP: 0-5
PK: 3-5

Position Player Status Consecutive Games Missed Total Games Missed
F Ryan Poehling Upper-Body 10 24
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 148

Date Transaction
Mar. 4 F Drew O’Connor recalled from WBS (AHL).
Mar. 3 D Dmitry Kulikov acquired in exchange for Brock McGinn and a 2024 third-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 F Nick Bonino acquired in exchange for a conditional 2024 fifth-round draft pick and 2023 seventh-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 F Drew O’Connor and F Drake Caggiula re-assigned to WBS (AHL).
Mar. 1 F Mikael Granlund acquired from Nashville for 2023 2nd round draft pick.

Pittsburgh’s All-Time Record vs. Blue Jackets: 34-10-4
In Pittsburgh: 20-4-0
In Columbus: 14-6-4
OT Record vs. Blue Jackets: 8-2-2
Shootout Record vs. Blue Jackets: 3-2

2022-23 Results: Pittsburgh is 2-0-0.
Penguins All-Time Point Leaders vs. BLUE JACKETS:
Sidney Crosby – 36GP, 48 PTS (16G-32A)
Evgeni Malkin – 32GP, 39 PTS (15G-24A)
Kris Letang – 30GP, 26 PTS (11G-15A)


  • The Penguins kick off a season-long (tied) five-game homestand against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PPG Paints Arena (TV: AT&T Sportsnet; Radio: 105.9 The X).
  • Pittsburgh has won seven-straight games against the Blue Jackets dating back to Dec. 12, 2019.
  • A win tonight would ensure the Penguins will win the season series with the Blue Jackets. Since the Metropolitan Division was formed for the 2012-13 season, Pittsburgh has dropped the season series with Columbus just once (2014-15).
  • Pittsburgh is 17-3-1 in its last 21 games against Columbus dating back to Feb. 3, 2017.
  • Tonight’s game begins a stretch where Pittsburgh will play five straight, and six of its next eight games, at home.
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