The Western Canada trip started on a sour note for the Blue Jackets, and look to rebound in a series of back-to-back match ups over the course of the next two nights. First for the Jackets, the transitioning Vancouver Canucks.
These two teams faced each other on Novemeber 10. For the Canucks, the top line had four of the team's five goals- Jannik Hansen, Daniel Sedin, and Henrik Sedin (2). The other goal scorer was ex-Penguin Brandon Sutter. Other players that got points include rookie Ben Hutton and former Buckeye Matt Bartkowski. For the Jackets, their goal scorers were Boone Jenner; Jack Johnson; and Cam Atkinson. Other players that got points include Scott Hartnell; David Savard; and Ryan Johansen.
Since these teams met last, there have been several roster changes. For Vancouver, they demoted Chris Higgins and Brandon Prust; and dealt Nicklas Jensen to the Rangers for Emerson Etem. Columbus lost Kevin Connuaton to Arizona via waiver wire; and moved Ryan Johansen to Nashville for Seth Jones.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad- Alex Wennberg- Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner- Brandon Dubinsky- Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell- William Karlsson- Matt Calvert
Kerby Rychel- Gregory Campbell- Rene Borque
Ryan Murray- Seth Jones
Fedor Tyutin-Dalton Prout
Jack Johnson-Cody Goloubef
Scratched: Jared Boll, Justin Falk
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Savard (oblique), David Clarkson (oblique)
Daniel Sedin- Henrik Sedin- Jannik Hansen
Sven Baertschi- Bo Hovart- Radim Vrbata
Derek Dorsett- Brandon Sutter- Jake Virtanen
Alex Burrows- Linden Vey-Emerson Etem
Alex Edler- Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton- Luca Sbisa
Matt Bartkowski- Alex Biega
Scratched: Adam Cracknell, Jared McCann, Yannick Weber
Players to Watch
Columbus: Nick Folgino. He is the captain and needs to have a turnaround second half.
Vancouver: Radim Vrbata. He is on the trade block and needs to show his value to teams around the league.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…