Tuesday, March 28, 2023

NHL Preview: St. Louis Blues (28-31-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (20-37-7)


Jake Neighbours – Upper-Body (Will be re-evaluated in 5 weeks; announced on Feb. 20)
2022-23 Total Man Games Lost: 245

6 – Signed college free agent defenseman Anton Malmstrom to a two-year, entry-level contract
3 – Acquired forward Jakub Vrana from Detroit in exchange for Dylan McLaughlin and a 2025 7th-round draft pick
2 – Signed forward Sammy Blais to a one-year, $1,000,000 contract extension
1 – Signed defenseman Michael Buchinger to a three-year, entry-level contract


  • The Blues will face the Blue Jackets for the 2nd and final time this season
  • The Blues won their 1st game against the Blue Jackets, 5-2 back on Oct. 15 in St. Louis, which was the Blues 1st game of the season
  • The Blues went 1-1-0 against the Blue Jackets last season, with both teams winning at home
  • The Blues are 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against Columbus
  • The Blues are also 8-3-1 in their last 12 games against Columbus
  • The Blues are 2-1-1 in their last 4 trips to Columbus
  • The Blues have scored a power play goal in 4 of their last 5 games against Columbus, going 6 for 15 (40.0%) on the power play over those 5 games

3/12 – vs. Vegas
3/15 – vs. Minnesota
3/17 – at Washington
3/19 – vs. Winnipeg
3/21 – vs. Detroit


  • The Blues will go on the road for 1 game at Columbus on Saturday, before returning home for 2 games (Vegas on Sunday, Minnesota on Wednesday)
  • After today, 4 of the Blues’ next 5 games will come at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues will play 11 more games in March (6 away; 5 home)
  • 7 of the Blues’ remining 11 games in March will come against Western Conference opponents (3 against the Central)


Mar. 11, 2023 Game No. 65 (20-37-7, 47 pts.)
vs. St. Louis Blues (28-31-5, 61 pts.), Nationwide Arena Home Game No. 35 (13-19-2, 28 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. 7, 2023 – CBJ 4 at PIT 5 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Bemstrom (5), Pederson (2), Laine (20), Foudy (3)
PIT Goal Scorers: Zucker (20), Guentzel (25), Zucker (21), Heinen (6), PP – Crosby (28)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (7/7; 20:00), Hutchinson (35/40; 42:45); PIT – Jarry (8/12; 22:37), DeSmith (15/15; 40:08)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 1/2 | Shots: CBJ: 27 / PIT: 47
3 Stars: 1. Crosby, PIT; 2. Zucker, PIT; 3. Foudy, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ scored the 1st goal of the game for the 5th time in last 6 contests… CBJ scored the 1st 4 goals of the game (3 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd), but PIT followed up with 5 unanswered goals, including 3 in the 3rd, to win in OT… Laine scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season to extend his points streak to four-straight games (3-2-5)… Foudy registered his 2nd multi-point game of the campaign with 1-1-2… Bemstrom tallied his 3rd multi-point effort of the season with 1-1-2… Johnson notched his 3rd multi-assist/6th multi-point contest of the campaign with 2 assists… Pederson scored his 1st goal as a Blue Jacket and recorded 8 hits tying his career-high (with ARI on 4/4/21 at ANA).

Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (58 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (51 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (49 games)
Kuraly (left oblique strain); 6 weeks (3 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: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 vs. STL)
2021-22 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 vs. STL)
All-Time Series: 33-41-3-13 (22-15-2-5 vs. STL)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 4-5-1 | 6-3-1
All-Time GF/GA: 240/280
All-Time SF/SA: 2,389/2,677
All-Time PP: 61-of-376
All-Time PK: 306-of-393

THE LAST GAME: OCT. 15, 2022 – CBJ 2 at STL 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: Nyquist (2), Kuraly (1)
STL Goal Scorers: PP – Buchnevich (1), Tarasenko (1), Barbashev (1), Neighbors (1), Tarasenko (2)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (20/25; 60:00); STL– Binnington (23/25; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 25 / STL: 25
3 Stars: 1. Buchnevich, STL; 2. Tarasenko, STL; 3. Barbashev, STL
Noteworthy: STL scored the 1st two goals of the game, but CBJ scored 2 goals 18 seconds apart in the 2nd period to tie the game heading into the 3rd… STL scored 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd, including two goals 20 seconds apart…Gaudreau notched his 400th career NHL assist… Kuraly scored his 1st goal of the campaign… Nyquist scored for his 2nd straight game (2-0-2 in 3 GP)… Olivier collected his 1st point as a Blue Jacket (assist).

SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes

NOTED (Team Highlights vs. STL)
Home team is 15-4-1 in last 20 contests, including wins in 5-straight…CBJ have picked up points in 4 of the last 7 games in the series, going 3-3-1 since 10/25/18… CBJ have won 2-straight at NWA and are 6-2-1 in the past 9 in Columbus dating back to 4/12/13… 3 of the last 4 meetings at NWA have been decided by a single goal… Winning team has scored four-plus goals in 6 of last 7 contests… The teams have combined for just 5 shutouts in the all-time series with the most-recent one recorded on Apr. 5, 2008 (Legace; 25 saves in 3-0 W at St. Louis)… Most goals scored vs. STL: 8 – 2x (MR: 11/12/16)… Most goals allowed vs. STL: 6 – 2x (MR: 4/3/11).

NOTED (Player Highlights vs. STL)
Gaudreau notched his 400th career NHL assist on 10/15/22 at STL… Gudbranson played his 600th career game on 1/24/22 vs. STL… Jenner registered 100th career point (assist) on 11/12/16 vs. STL… Laine notched his seventh career hat trick on 11/24/18 at STL… Roslovic tallied his 1st career NHL assist on 2/9/18 vs. STL.

• Gaudreau – 6-17-23 in 22 career GP, including 2-6-8 with two multi-point efforts in the last 5 games vs. St. Louis
• Laine – 16-5-21 in 17 career GP, including points in 3-straight home games (2-3-5) against the club and goals in each of his last 3 contests overall (3-1-4)
• Roslovic – 2-6-8 in 13 career GP, including 2-3-5 in the past 5 meetings vs. the Blues.

The Blue Jackets earned a point in a 5-4 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday and have now recorded points in seven of the last 10 games overall (4-3-3). The club, which is 7-7-5 in the past 19 contests, has registered points in eight of its last 12 games (5-4-3), with wins against four of the top-15 teams in the League in points (Toronto-4th; Dallas-7th; Edmonton-12th; Winnipeg-15th). The club has collected points in nine of its last 13 contests away from Nationwide Arena dating back to January 23 (5-4-4).

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