The last game of the home stand is tonight for Columbus as they take on a young and struggling Buffalo Sabres club. With the trade deadline being 10 days away, both teams have similar approaches at the deadline as both teams are sellers; however, the difference is how each team will deal the players they wish to rid themselves of.
These two teams last played in early October, before I started writing blogs. Looking at the stats, the Sabres won 4-2. Buffalo got goals from Jack Eichel, Matt Moulson, Ryan O'Reilly, and Rasmus Ristalonen. The only other players with points were Jamie McGinn and Marcus Foligno. Chad Johnson stopped 22 of 24 shots for a 0.917 save percentage (91.7%). Columbus got goals from Scott Hartnell and Brandon Saad. Other players with points include Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 33 shots for a 0.879 save percentage (87.9%).
For Buffalo, they are looking to get rid of rentals, so these guys get an opportunity at a playoff spot. Some guys the Sabres are trying to trade include Jamie McGinn and Mike Weber. However, they could be looking into moving players with term, and in their case, that player is Tyler Ennis. Other guys that could be moved include Carlo Coloaiacovo and Chad Johnson, and Daivd Legeand, Josh Gorges, Matt Moulson, and Brian Gionta.
For Columbus, they are trying to get rid of players with term. Fedor Tyutin, Gregory Campbell, and Scott Hartnell could be moved. Other players that may make sense to deal are Rene Borque and Justin Falk. Other guys that could be moved are Jack Johnson, Cam Atkinson, and David Clarkson. I would like to see Curtis McElhinney be moved or demoted as Joonas Korpisalo has proven to win games in the NHL.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Scott Hartnell – Alexander Wennberg – Brandon Saad
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Kerby Rychel – William Karlsson – Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert – Gregory Campbell – Rene Bourque
Ryan Murray – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – Davis Savard
Fedor Tyutin – Dalton Prout
Injured: Sergei Bobrovsky (groin), David Clarkson (upper body),
Scratched: Jared Boll, Justin Falk, Cody Goloubef
Evander Kane- Ryan O'Reilly- Sam
Jamie McGinn-Jack Eichel-Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Foligno-Johan Larsson-Brian Gionta
Matt Moulson- David Legwand- Nicolas Deslauriers
Josh Gorges- Rasmus Ristalonen
Jake McCabe- Zach Bogosian
Mark Pysyk- Cody Franson
Injured: Cody McCormick (blood clots), Tyler Ennis (upper-body),
Scratched: Mike Weber, Carlo Colaiacovo
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come…