Vancouver Canucks (13-16-3) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (16-11-2)
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
When: 4:00 pm PST
Where to Watch: Sportsnet Pacific
SB Nation Opposition Blog: Jackets Cannon
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Nothing like a couple big wins to erase all thoughts of a pretty brutal losing skid, right? Let’s not kid ourselves though, this doesn’t mean it’s full steam ahead and they’re gonna keep rolling like this. With tonight’s game against a very good Columbus Blue Jackets team tonight and a rematch against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, it’s by no means easy sledding.
The Jackets are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Metropolitan Division leading Washington Capitals, so they’ll be looking to come up with a better effort (lest Torts eat their first born or something like that) tonight against the Canucks. They’ve been a little meh of late though, going 5-5-0 in their last 10, and Torts expects more from them as they play their next 5 on home ice.
This tweet from JPat suggests they may turn to Joonas Korpisalo tonight after the Caps hung that loss on next year’s starting goaltender for the Canucks, Sergei Bobrovsky.
As far as the Canucks, they’re not gonna change a damn thing after the performance they put on in St Louis.
Same lineup as the game in St. Louis for the #Canucks tonight in Columbus. Markstrom starts. Gaudette still out with the flu.— Brendan Batchelor (@BatchHockey) December 11, 2018
Markstrom’s good for the start because he’s turned in two really solid performances of late, but this doesn’t hurt either
Here are the career head-to-head records for @Canucks & @BlueJacketsNHL goalies entering tonight’s game:#Canucks:— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) December 11, 2018
Markstrom vs CBJ: 2-0-0, .934SV%
Nilsson vs CBJ: 0-2-0, 3.92GAA
Bobrovsky vs VAN: 3-5-2, .909SV%
Korpisalo vs VAN: 1-0-1, 2.87GAA
All eyes will be on Elias Pettersson tonight, to see what he can do to top his 5 point performance in the St Louis game. He’s already making waves in terms of records for the Canucks, too. Sunday gave him 2 career 5 point games. The Sedins, for all of the points they put up in their stellar careers only had one a piece. And a record held by Markus Naslund could be in danger of falling if The Alien has his way.
Here’s some stuff to check out to get you up to speed for tonight... JPat with Halford & Brough discussing all things Canucks... A good piece on Sam Gagner and the disappointment of being returned to the AHL... Remember that some folks doubted Elias Pettersson would make an easy transition to the NHL... The game day preview from the Province and our pals over at Jackets Cannon are up... This is amazing, btw...
And speaking of EP40, here’s TSN Stats with a deep dive on his creative playmaking... Here’s the projected lineups via The Province
Nikolay Goldobin — Bo Horvat — Jake Virtanen
Josh Leivo — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser
Antoine Roussel — Markus Granlund — Loui Eriksson
Tim Schaller — Jay Beagle — Tyler Motte
Alex Edler — Chris Tanev
Ben Hutton — Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot — Troy Stecher
Jacob Markstrom — Anders Nilsson
BLUE JACKETS LINES
Artemi Panarin — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno — Boone Jenner — Josh Anderson
Brandon Dubinsky — Alexander Wennberg — Anthony Duclair
Markus Hannikainen — Riley Nash — Oliver Bjorkstrand
Ryan Murray — Seth Jones
Zach Werenski — Scott Harrington
David Savard — Markus Nutivaara
Joonas Korpisalo —Sergei Bobrovsky
Canucks: Brandon Sutter (separated shoulder, IR), Sven Baertschi (concussion, IR).
Blue Jackets: No players on injured reserve.
Canucks: 21st (17.6%)
Blue Jackets: 25th (15.6%)
Canucks: 27th (75.4%)
Blue Jackets: 21st (78.4%)
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN: Athens, Ohio is a little SE of Columbus, and home to a band that released one of the best damn albums in metal this year: SKELETONWITCH. A little death, a little thrash and a touch of black metal thrown in make for an album that shows a band continuing to improve with time. From ‘Devouring Radiant Light’ here’s ‘When Paradise Fades’. Enjoy the game, folks!