The Columbus Blue Jackets return to home ice tonight to take on the previous team that John Tortorella coached in the Vancouver Canucks. Tort’s time with the Canucks was short and brief as they were a non-playoff team that season. The Canucks were able to select Jake Virtanen with the bad year they had under him, plus they hired current bench boss Willie Desjardins.
For Columbus, this is the start of a seven game home stand, where plenty of valuable points and home ice advantage of the playoffs could be at stake. In the earlier meeting of the two teams, the Jackets held on to defeat the Canucks by the final score of 4-3 in regulation.
In terms of the lineups tonight, Vancouver apparently has Reid Bocuher in the lineup, former a New Jersey Devil prospect. Oliver Bjorkstrand is recalled on emergency basis.
Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – Loui Eriksson
Markus Granlund – Brandon Sutter – Jannik Hansen
Jayson Megna – Bo Horvat – Alex Burrows
Reid Boucher – Michael Chaput – Jack Skille
Alex Edler – Troy Stecher
Luca Sbisa – Chris Tanev
Nikita Tryamkin – Ben Hutton
Injured: Derek Dorsett, Erik Gudbranson, Anton Rodin, Sven Baertschi,
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad – Alex Wennberg – Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert – William Karlsson – Josh Anderson
Scott Hartnell – Lukas Sedlak – Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – Markus Nutivarra
Scott Harrington – Ryan Murray
Scratched: Oliver Bjorkstrand
Injured: David Savard, David Clarkson
Players to Watch
Wild Bill. William Karlsson has been an effective third line center for the Jackets this year with 19 points in 52 games this season. The third line center has some extra experience with playing against the Canucks as he was with the Ducks, being in the same division before being dealt a couple seasons ago.
Loui Eriksson. The Swedish winger has been struggling with his new organization this season, and it is costing the franchise an attempt to make the postseason come April. Eriksson has 21 points in 52 games while playing alongside the Sedin twins. This is a major cause for concern as other players have been way more successful, whereas Eriksson has only proved that with the Swedish Olympic team.
Enjoy the games tonight…
More to come…
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