Morning Skate: Blue Jackets Hope For More Home Cooking Against Montreal Canadiens

By Sam Blazer on March 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm
Blue Jackets Zach Werenski tries to pursue Canadiens Brendan Gallagher

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping for another two points after a close call against the Detroit Red Wings. They will take on another Atlantic Division opponent in the Montreal Canadiens. The matchup will provide major playoff implications for the Blue Jackets

The Canadiens aren't at full health but they do have goaltender Antti Niemi firing on all cylinders. After starting the year slowly he is standing tall and helping the Canadiens pick up points.

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Blue Jackets Projected Lineup
# Player Stats # Player Stats # Player Stats
9 Artemi Panarin 69 GP, 21-39-60 18 Pierre-Luc Dubois 69 GP, 15-22-37 13 Cam Atkinson 53 GP, 13-16-29
22 Sonny Milano 42 GP, 11-5-16 71 Nick Foligno 65 GP, 14-13-27 28 Oliver Bjorkstrand 69 GP, 10-25-35
26 Thomas Vanek 6 GP, 2-1-3 10 Alexander Wennberg 54 GP, 6-21-27 38 Boone Jenner 62 GP, 7-16-23
11 Matt Calvert 57 GP, 8-13-21 17 Brandon Dubinsky 51 GP, 5-10-15 55 Mark Letestu 7 GP, 1-0-1
Defensive Pairs
# Player Stats # Player Stats
8 Zach Werenski 65 GP, 14-18-32 3 Seth Jones 69 GP, 13-33-46
7 Jack Johnson 69 GP, 3-6-9 27 Ryan Murray 34 GP, 1-5-6
23 Ian Cole 7 GP, 1-1-2 58 David Savard 68 GP, 4-9-13
# Player GS W-L-OL GAA SV% SO
72 Sergei Bobrovsky 55 29-21-5 2.43 .920 4
70 Joonas Korpisalo 14 7-7-0 3.19 .902 0
Three Storylines
  • Mr. Jones:  Defenseman Seth Jones has five points in his last two games and he is red-hot. He can't do wrong on the ice right now and he shows no signs of stopping. Although he took a maintenance day on Sunday, he will be able to go fully against the Canadiens. Considering the Canadiens aren't nearly as mobile as the Blue Jackets defensively, it'll be an interesting test.
  • Defense to Offense: It isn't just Seth Jones making an impact out there. Zach Werenski is putting up points and David Savard with Ian Cole has brough stability to the unit as well. They have a decided advantage as a unit against other teams. They'll lean heavily on them during the last 13 games of the season. 
  • Road Warriors: The Montreal Canadiens are on a season long road trip and will be ending it against the Blue Jackets. They don't have many wins to show for it and for a club with not much to play for, the Blue Jackets will need to keep the pedal to the metal to continue their recent winning streak. 

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