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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (21-38-7) at Anaheim Ducks (22-36-10)


Mar. 17, 2023 Game No. 68 (21-39-7, 49 pts.)
at Anaheim Ducks (22-36-10, 54 pts.), Honda Center Road Game No. 33 (8-19-5, 21 pts.)
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THE LAST GAME: MAR. 16, 2023 – CBJ 1 at LAK 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: Marchenko (17)
LAK Goal Scorers: Doughty (5), Kopitar (26), Arvidsson (19), Grundstrom (8)
Goalies: CBJ – Tarasov (23/27; 33:48), Hutchinson (9/9; 26:02); LAK – Copley (30/31; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 3/3 | Shots: CBJ: 31 / LAK: 36
3 Stars: 1. Doughty, LAK; 2. Grundstrom, LAK; 3. Copley, LAK
Noteworthy: CBJ split their season series vs. LAK (winning 6-5 in OT on Dec. 11)… LAK scored all 4 of their goals in the 2nd period with CBJ scoring their lone goal 4:31 into the 3rd period… Marchenko scored a goal, giving him 3-1-4 in his past 9 contests…Bayreuther tallied his 9th assist of the campaign and has assists in 2 consecutive games (0-3-3).

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (61 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (54 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (52 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (6 games)

Mar. 16 Signed Butler to a three-year entry level contract beginning in the 2023-24 season
Mar. 10 Added Tarasov to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 7 Signed Ceulemans to three-year, entry level contract beginning in the 2023-24 season
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

10:00pm ET | Bally Sports Ohio | 97.1 The Fan

2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at ANA)
2021-22 Series: 0-1-1 (0-1-0 at ANA)
All-Time Series: 30-27-1-5 (14-14-1-3 at ANA)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 3-4-3 | 4-5-1
All-Time GF/GA: 169/180
All-Time SF/SA: 1,838/2,031
All-Time PP: 49-of-293
All-Time PK: 211-of-257

THE LAST GAME VS. ANA: JAN. 19, 2023 – CBJ 3 vs. ANA 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: Olivier (3), Roslovic (4), Blankenburg (3)
ANA Goal Scorers: Henrique (16), Fowler (5), Benoit (2), Zegras (15), Jones (3)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/33; 57:04); ANA – Stolarz (12/15; 20:00), Gibson (18/18; 40:00)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 3/3 | Shots: CBJ: 33 / ANA: 33
3 Stars: 1. Zegras, ANA; 2. Fowler, ANA; 3. Olivier, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ scored 3 goals in the 1st period for the 2nd time in the last 4 games… CBJ led 3-0 after the 1st period but ANA scored 5 unanswered goals (3 in 2nd and 2 in 3rd)… Roslovic scored a goal to extend his points streak to 4-straight (1-4-5)… Laine notched his 100th career point as a Blue Jacket with an assist… Boqvist recorded his 6th assist of the season and now has assists in 6 of the past 9 contests (0-6-6)… Gaudreau tallied his team-leading 30th assist of the campaign.

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. ANA)
CBJ have killed off all 29 of ANA PP chances in last 12 contests dating back to 2/11/16… Winning team has scored 4+ goals in 12 of the past 17 contests dating back to 10/27/13… 5 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by one goal dating back to 11/4/18… CBJ own 4 of the 7 shutouts in the series while the ANA have 3 of the 4 hat tricks… Most goals scored at ANA: 6 (10/24/09)… Most goals allowed at ANA: 7 (1/8/12).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. ANA
Boqvist notched his 1st career NHL goal on 11/3/19 at ANA… Laine skated in his 200th career NHL game on 1/13/19 vs. ANA… Roslovic scored his 1st career NHL goal on 1/25/18 at ANA and notched his 1st career NHL hat trick on 2/2/19 vs. ANA.

• Gaudreau – 5-23-28 in 30 career GP, including 6 multi-point efforts overall and assists in each of his last 6 contests vs. the club (1-9- 10) and 9 of his last 10 (1-12-13)
• Laine – 2-5-7 in 11 career GP, including 1-4-5 in his last 6 appearances against the Ducks
• Roslovic – 5-3-8 in 10 career GP, including points in 2-straight contests against Anaheim (1-1-2).

The Blue Jackets fell to 5-5-3 in their last 13 games following a 4-1 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday. The club has registered points in nine of its last 15 games (6-6-3), with wins against four of the top-14 teams in the League in points (Toronto-5th; Dallas-9th; Edmonton12th; Winnipeg-14th). The club has collected points in 10 of its last 15 contests away from Nationwide Arena dating back to January 23 (6-5-4).

After playing a schedule heavy in-home games, the Blue Jackets 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 Jackets kicked off a season-long five-game road trip on Tuesday at San Jose before making stops at Los Angeles (Thursday), Anaheim (Friday), Las Vegas (Sunday) and Washington (March 21). Columbus plays five games over an eight day stretch on the road trip and will complete its 14th of 17 back-to-back sets of the season at Anaheim on Friday. The lone home games this month are March 3 (vs. Seattle), March 11 (vs. St. Louis) and March 24 (vs. NY Islanders).

The club picked up its 10th comeback victory of the season (four by multiple goal deficits) with a 6-5 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. CBJ have come-from-behind to win in five of their last eight victories after trailing 1-0 in a 6-5 OT win on Tuesday, 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).

CBJ finished 0-for-2 on the power play on Thursday and had their six-game power play goal streak snapped in the defeat. It was tied for the third-longest streak of games with a PPG in club history (fifth time). The club is 6-of-17 (35.3 pct.) over the last seven games and has scored a PPG in 10 of the last 14 contests (10-of-36; 27.8). The team ranks fifth-T in the NHL in power play percentage since January 21, converting on 15-of-58 opportunities over the last 22 contests (25.9). After starting the sea


The Ducks fell to the New York Islanders 6-3 Wednesday night at Honda Center. Cam Fowler earned his 33rd assist, tying his career-high in points (9-33=42) and assists set in 2021-22 (76 games). Kevin Shattenkirk scored a career-tying two goals, netting his third and fourth goals of the season. His sixth career multi-goal game was his first since Dec. 19, 2021 w/ TBL @ EDM (2-0=2). Max Jones scored his sixth goal of the campaign 25 seconds into the game, setting a new career-high in single-season points (5-8=13). With the assist, he now has points in back-to-back games (1-1=2). Trevor Zegras recorded his team-leading 36th assist and 57th point. He has tallied 2-6=8 points his last eight games. Troy Terry set a new career-high in assists with his 31st, marking his 50th point of the season, his second straight season crossing the half-century mark. Terry becomes the 15th player in franchise history to record back-to-back 50-point seasons. Frank Vatrano extended his point streak to three games with an assist (1-2=3) and his 18th helper of the season tied his single-season career high set in 2019-20 (18). Max Comtois tallied an assist in his 200th career NHL game and Ryan Strome also earned an assist. John Gibson stopped 27 shots in his 47th start.
PP: 1-2 PK: 1-1 SF: 23 SA: 33 TOI: Kevin Shattenkirk (24:09)
Three Stars: 1. K. Palmieri 2. B. Nelson 3. K. Shattenkirk

Mar. 19 Vancouver Honda Center 5 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 21 Calgary Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 23 Winnipeg Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 25 St. Louis Honda Center 7:30 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream
Mar. 27 Colorado Honda Center 7 p.m. BSW / Ducks Stream

Acquired D Andrej Sustr, C Nikita Nesterenko and a 2025 fourth-round selection from Minnesota for D John Klingberg.
Acquired D Chase Priskie from Buffalo for D Austin Strand.
Mar. 15 Signed C Nikita Nesterenko to a two-year entry-level contract.

Man-Games Lost: 354

John Moore Upper-body Indefinite 68
Jamie Drysdale Torn labrum (shoulder) 4-6 months 60
Urho Vaakanainen Hip surgery 5-6 months 18
Anthony Stolarz Knee surgery Week-to-week 16
Adam Henrique MCL sprain Week-to-week 10

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Anaheim Ducks continue an eight-game homestand spanning 16 days tonight vs .the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center (7 p.m. PT, TV: Bally Sports West AUDIO: Ducks Stream). Anaheim enters tonight with points in three of the last four contests (1-1-2), eight of their last 10 games (5-2-3) and nine of the last 12 overall (5-3-4). The Ducks have also earned points in 13 of the last 20 games overall (9-7-4) and are 10-8-5 the last 23 contests. At home, Anaheim has points in four of its last six contests (2-2-2). Following tonight’s game, the Ducks will continue the homestand Sunday, March 19 vs. the Vancouver Canucks (7 p.m. PT).

EIGHT STRAIGHT: The Ducks are in the midst of an eight-game homestand from Mar. 12-27, the second-longest homestand of the 2022-23 season and also tied for the second-longest in franchise history. Anaheim hosted a club record 10-game homestand Dec. 23-Jan. 13 spanning 24 days (3-6-1 record). The homestand was tied for the third-longest in NHL history, trailing 12 straight at home by Tampa Bay (2010-11) and the California Golden Seals (1975-76). Anaheim’s longest prior homestand was eight games (three times), including Dec. 28, 2014-Jan. 16, 2015 (6-2-0, 12 pts.), Mar. 2-18, 2007 (6-1-1, 13 pts.) and Oct. 28-Nov. 14, 2001 (2-4-2, 6 pts.).

DUCKS-BLUE JACKETS: Anaheim and Columbus close a two-game season series tonight at Honda Center. The Ducks have won seven of their last eight games against the Blue Jackets dating to 2017-18 (7-1-0). In Anaheim, the Ducks have won five of their last seven vs. Columbus dating to the 2014-15 season (6-2-0). All-time, the Ducks own a 33-22-9 record vs. the Blue Jackets, including a 17-10-5 mark in Orange County. Anaheim opened the 2022-23 season series with a 5-3 comeback win Jan. 19, overcoming a 3-0 deficit after the first period in Columbus, the fourth time in club history the Ducks have rallied from down three goals (or more) to win on the road (second regulation) and 11th overall. John Gibson has posted a 7-3-1 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .919 SV% in 11 career appearances vs. Columbus. Trevor Zegras (2-2=4 in 3 GP) and Troy Terry (2-3=5 in 4 GP) are each averaging over a point per game against the Blue Jackets to begin their careers. Kevin Shattenkirk (5-17=22 in 34 GP) leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring and assists vs. the Blue Jackets, and Cam Fowler (10-10=20 in 23 GP) leads active Ducks in career goals.

Jan. 19 Nationwide Arena 5-3 ANA win
Mar. 17 Honda Center 7 p.m. PT Bally Sports SoCal / Ducks Stream

Overall @ Anaheim @ Columbus
All-Time Series: 33-22-9 17-10-5 15-12-4
Current Streak: Three ANA wins One ANA win Four ANA wins
Last ANA Win: Jan. 19, 2023 (5-3) Apr. 17, 2022 (6-4) Jan. 19, 2023 (5-3)
Last CBJ Win: Jan. 7, 2020 (4-3) Jan. 7, 2020 (4-3) Dec. 1, 2017 (4-2)
ANA Last 10: 7-2-1 6-3-1 5-2-3

EXTRA TIME: Twenty of Anaheim’s 67 games this season have gone beyond regulation, tied for the most among NHL teams this season (also New York Rangers). The Ducks have won 10 games in overtime or a shootout (7-7 in OT and 3-3 in SO). The Ducks have also gone past regulation in 10 home games, posting six wins in OT and one in a SO at Honda Center.

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