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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (20-38-7) at San Jose Sharks (19-36-12)


Mar. 14, 2023 Game No. 66 (20-38-7, 47 pts.)
at San Jose Sharks (19-36-12, 50 pts.), SAP Center Road Game No. 31 (7-18-5, 19 pts.)
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THE LAST GAME: MAR. 11, 2023 – CBJ 2 vs. STL 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Laine (21), Jenner (20)
STL Goal Scorers: Saad (17), Kyrou (27), Blais (4), Kyrou (28), EN – Kyrou (29)
Goalies: CBJ – Hutchinson (19/23; 57:57); STL – Greiss (37/39; 59:27)
CBJ PP: 1/3; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 39 / STL: 24
3 Stars: 1. Kyrou, STL; 2. Greiss, STL; 3. Blais, STL
Noteworthy: CBJ completed their season series with STL (also falling 5-2 at St. Louis on Oct. 15)… STL scored 3 of 4 goals in the 1st… CBJ scored a PPG and have now scored a PPG in each of the last 5 games (5-of-12; 41.7 pct.)… Laine notched his team-leading 21st goal of the season to stretch his goal streak to 4-straight games (4-1-5) and points streak to 5-straight games (4-2-6)… Jenner scored his 20th goal of the campaign, accomplishing the feat for the 3rd time in his career (and 2nd-straight)… Gaudreau tallied his team-leading 11th multi-assist and 15th multi-point game of the campaign (0-2-2) to give him 1-7-8 in his last 10 games.

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (59 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (52 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (50 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (4 games)

Mar. 10 Added Tarasov to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
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: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at SJS)
2021-22 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at SJS)
All-Time Series: 25-34-0-5 (8-21-0-2 at SJS)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 5-5-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 159/178
All-Time SF/SA: 1,740/2,081
All-Time PP: 44-of-240
All-Time PK: 215-of-269

THE LAST GAME VS. SJS: JAN. 21, 2023 – CBJ 5 vs. SJS 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Gaudreau (13), Jenner (12), Laine (13), Nyquist (10), EN – Kuraly (9)
SJS Goal Scorers: Meier (27), Bonino (8), Sturm (11)
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (22/25; 59:50); SJS – Kahkonen (24/28; 58:28)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 29 / SJS: 25
3 Stars: 1. Nyquist, CBJ; 2. Laine, CBJ; 3. Gaudreau, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ snapped 3-game losing streak win win… CBJ scored 2 goals in the 2nd period to tie the game 2-2… SJS scored 1:53 into the 3rd period but CBJ followed up with 3 unanswered goals… Gaudreau notched his team-leading 12th multi-point game of the campaign (1-1-2)… Laine tallied his 8th multi-point effort of the season (1-1-2)… Roslovic recorded his 22nd assist of the season to extend his points streak to 5-straight games (1-5-6)… Nyquist registered his 5th multi-point effort (1-1-2) and 2nd GWG of the season… Blankenburg tallied his 1st career NHL multi-assist game (0-2-2) while Johnson picked up 2nd multi-assist game (0-2-2).

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. SJS)
CBJ are 12-8-1 in last 21 games overall vs. SJS since 2/21/12… The home team has won each of the last four games in the series and is 5-1-0 in the last six meetings… CBJ have picked up five of their eight road wins in the all-time series in the last nine trips to San Jose dating back to Apr. 21, 2013.Winning team has scored 3 or more goals in 21 of last 22 meetings, including 13-straight… CBJ have killed off 14-of-16 SJS PP chances over the last 8 meetings… Each team has 6 shutouts, 3 hat tricks and 2 penalty shots in series… Most goals scored at SJS: 5 (2x, MR: 11/3/15)… Most goals allowed at SJS: 10 (3/30/02).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. SJS)
Gaudreau skated in his 400th career game on 10/13/19 at SJS… Johnson notched his 1st career NHL point (assist) on 4/19/22 at SJS… Roslovic skated in 100th career NHL game on 3/12/19 vs. SJS… Voracek collected 100th career NHL point (assist) on 11/20/10 at SJS… Werenski scored 1st NHL goal on 10/15/16 vs. SJS.

• Gaudreau – 10-15-25 in 31 career GP, including points in 8 of his last 11 games with five multi-point efforts against the club (6-9-15) after picking up 1-1-2 in the win on Jan. 21
• Jenner – 6-4-10 in 15 career GP, including 3-2-5 in his last 8 contests against the Sharks
• Johnson – 0-3-3 in 2 career GP with points scored in both career contests against the club
• Laine – 2-6-8 in 11 career GP, including 1-1-2 in the win at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 21
• Roslovic – 4-2-6 in 11 career GP with all of his points recorded in the last 6 games, including points in three-straight (3-1-4)

After playing a schedule heavy in-home games to date, the Blue Jackets will keep their travel bags packed over the month of March. The club is in the middle of a stretch of 12-of-15 games away from Nationwide Arena from February 26 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 this 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 February 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).

The Blue Jackets have scored a power play goal in each of the last five games (5-of-12; 41.7 pct.) and nine of the last 12 (9-of-31; 29.0). The club ranks sixth in the NHL in power play percentage since January 21, converting on 14-of-53 opportunities over the last 20 contests (26.4). With a power play goal on Tuesday, CBJ would tie for the third-longest streak of games with power play goals (four times, MR: Apr. 19-29, 2022). The club posted a franchise record eight-game PPG streak from Oct. 10-27, 2002 and a seven-game PPG streak from Oct. 23-Nov. 4, 2014. After starting the season 0-of-25 with the man advantage, Columbus ranks 18th in the NHL on the power play at 21.1 pct. (31-of-147) since Nov. 4.

• After scoring the 1st goal of the game just once over a 10-game stretch from Jan. 27-Feb. 23, CBJ have scored the 1st goal in 5 of the past 7 contests
• CBJ have killed off 51-of-64 opponent power play attempts over the last 25 games since Jan. 12 (79.7 pct.)
• CBJ blueliners have posted 4-16-20 in the last 15 games and have now recorded 25-72-97 in 65 games
• CBJ finished with a season-high 12 skaters recording a point on Nov. 17 vs. MTL
• CBJ have had 38 different players play in a game this season (34 skaters, 4 goaltenders)
• CBJ have recorded 40 multi-goal periods this season, including scoring 3 goals in the 1st period on Tue.
• 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)


Game 67 – 3/11 – SJS 2 vs MIN 5…Erik Karlsson (0g, 1a) set the Sharks franchise record for single-season points by a defenseman with his 84th of the year, an assist, to break a tie with Brent Burns’ 2018-19 output. Tomas Hertl (1g, 1a) netted his 200th career goal, his fourth marker in the past five games. Logan Couture (1g, 1a) surpassed Burns for fourth on the Sharks’ all-time power play points list with his 206th, a goal. Alexander Barabanov (0g, 1a) notched his 30th assist of the season, a career best.
SJ Goals: Couture (23 pp), Hertl (19 pp)
SF: 37
SA: 29
SJ PP: 2/5
SJ PK: 2/4
W: Fleury
L: Reimer

3/7 Recalled D Derrick Pouliot from the San Jose Barracuda

The Blue Jackets hit the road for a five-game, coast-to-coast jaunt, starting with four contests against Pacific Division foes and finishing with a matchup against the Washington Capitals. Heading into Tuesday’s game at San Jose, Columbus holds an all-time mark of 8-21-2 at the SAP Center. The Blue Jackets are paced offensively by Johnny Gaudreau, an offseason free agent signing, with 57 points and a team-leading 42 assists. Patrik Laine is first on the club with 21 goals and carries a five-game point streak with four goals and two assists into Tuesday’s

PRIME PENALTY KILL…After going 3-for-4 shorthanded against St. Louis on March 9, the Sharks boast the NHL’s sixth-best penalty kill, at 83.1-percent on the year. The Sharks have finished top-two in the NHL on the PK in two of the past three years, including second (85.2%) in 2021-22 and first (85.7%) in 2019-20.

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