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NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets (21-38-7) at Los Angeles Kings (39-20-9)


Mar. 16, 2023 Game No. 67 (21-38-7, 49 pts.)
at Los Angeles Kings (39-20-9, 87 pts.), Arena Road Game No. 32 (8-18-5, 21 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. 14, 2023 – CBJ 6 at SJS 5 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Gaudreau (16), Johnson (14), Jenner (21), Jenner (22), Foudy (4), OT – Gaudreau (17)
SJS Goal Scorers: PP – Barabanov (14), Eklund (1), Couture (24), Labanc (11), Knyzhov (1)
Goalies: CBJ – Tarasov (27/32; 64:17); SJS – Kahkonen (42/48; 64:17)
CBJ PP: 0/3; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 48 / SJS: 32
3 Stars: 1. Gaudreau, CBJ; 2. Couture, SJS; 3. Jenner, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ swept their season series vs. SJS (also winning 5-3 vs. SJS on Jan. 21)… CBJ recorded a season-high 48 shots on goal (previously, 42 on 10/20 vs. NSH)… CBJ trailed 1-0 but led 5-3 2:20 into the 3rd… Gaudreau notched his 3rd career 5-point game (2-3-5), matching the franchise record for most points in a game, last achieved by Panarin on 12/8/17 (0-5-5)… Jenner posted his 3rd multi-goal/10th multi-point effort of the season (2-0-2)… Laine tallied his 13th multi-point effort of the campaign (0-2-2) to extend his points streak to 6 consecutive outings (4-4-8)… Bayreuther registered his 1st multi-point game as a Blue Jacket and 2nd of his career (0- 2-2)… Tarasov notched his 1st career NHL point (assist on Johnson’s 2nd period goal).

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (60 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (53 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (51 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (5 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

10:30pm ET | Bally Sports Ohio | 97.1 The Fan

2022-23 Series: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at LAK)
2021-22 Series: 0-1-1 (0-1-0 at LAK)
All-Time Series: 27-30-1-6 (10-19-1-2 at LAK)
Last 10 (Overall | Road): 5-4-1 | 2-6-2
All-Time GF/GA: 156/191
All-Time SF/SA: 1,696/2,021
All-Time PP: 31-of-248
All-Time PK: 212-of-260

THE LAST GAME: DEC. 11, 2022 – CBJ 6 vs. LAK 5 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Marchenko (1), PP – Jenner (10), Laine (8), SHG – Roslovic, PP – Roslovic, OT- Gaudreau (10)
LAK Goal Scorers: Kopitar (9), Lizotte (6), Anderson-Dolan (2), Kopitar (10), Kempe (10)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (33/38; 60:24); LAK – Quick (20/26; 60:38)
CBJ PP: 2/3; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 26 / LAK: 38
3 Stars: 1. Roslovic, CBJ; 2. Laine, CBJ; 3. Kopitar, LAK
Noteworthy: CBJ scored the 1st goal of the game for the 3rd time in last 4 contests… CBJ led 5-3 heading into the 3rd period, but LAK scored 2 goals in the 3rd to send the game to OT… CBJ scored 40 seconds into OT to win… Marchenko scored his 1st career NHL goal… Roslovic notched his 3rd career 4-point game with 2-2-4 to extend his points streak to 3-straight outings (2-4-6)… Gaudreau tallied his 4th 3-point effort of the season with 1-2-3, including his 2nd GWG… Laine recorded his 1st 3-point game of the season with 1-2-3 to extend his points streak to 4 consecutive outings (4-3-7)… Jenner scored a goal extending his points streak to 3-straight games (1-2-3).

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.

The Blue Jackets improved to 5-4-3 in their last 12 games following a 6-5 overtime victory at San Jose on Tuesday. The club, which is 8-8-5 in the past 21 contests, has registered points in nine of its last 14 games (6-5-3), with wins against four of the top-14 teams in the League in points (Toronto-5th; Dallas-6th; Edmonton-12th; Winnipeg-14th). The club has collected points in 10 of its last 14 contests away from Nationwide Arena dating back to January 23 (6-4-4).

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 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 Los Angeles (Thursday) and Anaheim (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).

The Blue Jackets failed to score a power play goal for the first time in six games on Tuesday after scoring a goal one second after a power play attempt came to an end. The club has now scored a PPG in five of the last six games (5-of-15; 33.3 pct.) and nine of the last 13 (9-of-34; 26.5). The club ranks sixth-T in the NHL in power play percentage since January 21, converting on 14-of-56 opportunities over the last 21 contests (25.0). After starting the season 0-of-25 with the man advantage, Columbus ranks 21st in the NHL on the power play at 20.7 pct. (31-of-150) since Nov. 4


MARCH 16 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:30 PM PT // Venue: Arena // TV: Bally Sports West // Radio: iHeartRadio, Tu Liga Radio

  • The LA Kings host the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second, and final, meeting between these two clubs this season (5-6 OTL on Dec. 11).
  • The Kings aim to split the season series.
  • Tonight’s game marks the third game of the Kings’ seven-game homestand (2-1 SOL vs. NSH on Mar. 11; 5-2 W vs. NYI on Mar. 14; Mar. 18 vs. VAN; Mar. 20 vs. CGY; Mar. 25 vs. WPG; Mar. 26 vs. STL).

1) The Kings have points in four of their last five meetings vs. the Blue Jackets, dating back to Dec. 19, 2019 (2-1-2).
2) Fourteen different skaters tallied a point for the Kings Tuesday night against the Islanders, marking a new season-high. The last time 14 Kings skaters earned a point in a game was Nov. 8, 2016 vs. Toronto.
3) Of Adrian Kempe’s 32 goals this season, nine have come on the power-play. No Kings skater has scored 10 power-play goals in a single season since Jeff Carter (10) in the 2016-17 campaign.
4) On Tuesday, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar both factored on the same goal for the 285th time in the regular season, which is the third highest such total by a pair of teammates in franchise history behind Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor (476x) as well as Kopitar and Dustin Brown (305x).
5) The Kings are 26-2-2 when leading after two periods of play this season.

All-Time Record: 36-21-1-6
Home: 21-10-1-0
Away: 15-11-0-6
OT: 6-7 (1 tie)
Shootout: 2-1
2021-22: 2-0-0
2022-23: 0-0-1

Anze Kopitar* – 42 GP, 38 PTS (19-19=38)
Dustin Brown – 45 GP, 30 PTS (11-19=30)
Drew Doughty* – 34 GP, 28 PTS (6-22=28)
Alex Frolov – 27 GP, 21 PTS (9-12=21)
Jeff Carter – 17 GP, 17 PTS (11-6=17)
Ziggy Palffy – 10 GP, 17 PTS (9-8=17)
*-denotes active roster player

LAST MEETING vs. COLUMBUS: Dec. 11, 2022 – LAK 5 at CBJ 6 (OT)
Venue: Nationwide Arena
LAK Goals: Kopitar (9,10), Lizotte (6), Anderson-Dolan (2), Kempe (10)
CBJ Goals: Marchenko (1), Jenner (10), Laine (8), Roslovic (2, 3), Gaudreau (10, OT GWG)
Goalies: LAK: Quick (OTL; 20 saves – 26 shots) CBJ: Merzlikins (W; 33 saves – 38 shots)
LAK PP: 0-for-2
LAK PK: 1-for-3

Sat., March 18 | vs. Vancouver Canucks | 7:00 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
Anze Kopitar’s 52 points (15-37=52) against Vancouver is second-most in the league among active skaters behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (22-39=61).

Mon., March 20 | vs. Calgary Flames | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
Alex Iafallo has a five-game point streak vs. Calgary (2-3=5).

Sat., March 25 | vs. Winnipeg Jets | 1:00 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
The Kings have points in three of their last four games vs. Winnipeg (2-1-1), dating ack to Nov. 13, 2021.

Player, Games Missed, Date(s), Status
F Trevor Moore, 23 games, Dec. 27 – Jan. 31 (upper-body); Feb. 23 – Mar. 6 (upper-body)
F Alex Iafallo, 23 games, Oct. 18 – Dec. 3 (lower-body)
F Brendan Lemieux, 18 games, Nov. 14 – Dec. 20 (lower-body)
F Arthur Kaliyev, 18 games, Dec. 22 – Jan. 31 (lower-body)
F Carl Grundstrom, 15 games, Jan. 19 – Feb. 26 (lower-body)
F Gabriel Vilardi, 10 games, Nov. 27 (lower-body); Jan. 19 – Feb. 13 (undisclosed)
F Quinton Byfield, 6 games, Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 (illness)
D Sean Durzi, 5 games, Nov. 19 – Nov. 22. (lower-body); Mar. 9 – Pres. (lower-body)
F Viktor Arvidsson, 3 games, Oct. 13 (illness); Oct. 25 (illness); Jan. 11 (illness)
F Kevin Fiala, 2 games, Mar. 11 – Pres. (lower-body)
D Drew Doughty, 1 game, Dec. 11 (lower-body)
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 124

Mar. 3 – Zack MacEwen (F) acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for Brendan Lemieux (F) and a 2024 fifth-round draft pick.
Mar. 3 – Nate Schnarr (F) acquired from Montreal in exchange for Frederic Allard (D).
Mar. 3 – Austin Wagner (F) traded to Chicago for future considerations.
Mar. 8 – Jordan Spence (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Mar. 9 – Trevor Moore (F) activated from injured reserve.

The Kings enter tonight riding an eight-game home point streak (7-0-1), dating back to Feb. 11 (6-0 W vs. PIT). Over those eight games, the Kings have outscored their opponents 33-16 and have averaged a goals-for per game of 4.13, placing third in home goals-per-game since the resumption of the regular-season following the NHL All-Star Break on Feb. 6. The Kings are 10-4-1 in their last 15 home games. In 33 games at Arena so far this campaign, the team has established a record of 21-9-3 with 45 points and a points percentage of .682%, ranking fifth in home points percentage in the league:

Best home points percentage this season
Team GP PTS% (record)
Boston Bruins 33 .864% (27-3-3)
Tampa Bay Lightning 35 .757% (24-6-5)
Toronto Maple Leafs 36 .736% (24-7-5)
Carolina Hurricanes 34 .735% (24-8-2)
LA Kings 33 .682% (21-9-3)

Since the All-Star Break, the Kings have accumulated an overall record of 11-2-2 for a .800 points percentage, trailing only Vegas (.813%):
Best overall points percentage since Feb. 6
Team GP PTS% (record)
Vegas Golden Knights 17 .824% (13-2-2)
LA Kings 15 .800% (11-2-2)
Boston Bruins 15 .733% (11-4-0)
New Jersey Devils 18 .722% (12-4-2)
Minnesota Wild 20 .700% (12-4-4)

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