GAME DAY: at Anaheim

Jackets try for back-to-back road wins tonight at Honda Center

Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 9:15 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com


  Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Anaheim Ducks
RECORDS - CBJ: 11-24-5 (Road: 5-13-2), ANA: 11-22-6 (Home: 8-12-1)
WHEN: Jan. 8, 2012 - 8 p.m.   |   WHERE: Honda Center
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Breakdown
Much like the Blue Jackets, the Anaheim Ducks are in the midst of a disappointing season but are looking to pick up their play as 2012 gets started. And the similarities don’t stop there – each team has recently picked up a huge win to ring in the New Year.

The Ducks earned a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on home ice Friday night, and Columbus picked up a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center yesterday afternoon. Anaheim’s record has not improved as much as it would like since coach Bruce Boudreau took over for Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30, but their top players are getting back into form.

Bobby Ryan was one of the Ducks’ best players in their win over the Islanders, and scored a highlight-reel goal while shorthanded to tie the game at 2-2 in the third period. Ryan Getzlaf’s late third-period goal broke that tie and the Ducks captain’s 19th of the year stood as the eventual game-winning marker. Boudreau inherited a team with a dynamic group of forwards but a blue line that has been besieged by injury this season. Anaheim recently got Lubomir Visnovsky back in the lineup and it should help their power play, as the veteran defenseman was the NHL’s top-scoring blue liner last season.

Though the Ducks have won just two of the last nine games, they are a high-powered opponent that likes to use its size and cycle game to generate offense. Anaheim’s top line with Ryan, Getzlaf and reigning league MVP Corey Perry can win a game on its own and the Blue Jackets will likely try to get former Duck Sammy Pahlsson on the ice whenever possible to shut them down.

After a summer of pondering his future, Teemu Selanne elected to join the Ducks for another season and he has arguably been their best player. He leads the Ducks in scoring and is still one of the best power-play performers in the NHL. In goal, Boudreau is likely to go back to Jonas Hiller, who played well in their most recent victory. Backup Dan Ellis is injured and not expected to be available for today’s game.

G
Nash (12) Perry, Ryan (15)
A
Prospal (20) Selanne (25)
PTS
Prospal (28) Selanne (37)
PIM
Dorsett (88) Perry (59)
+/-
MacKenzie (+8) Koivu (+6)
W/L
Sanford (6-7-3)
Hiller (10-17-6)
GAA
Sanford (2.46) Ellis (2.72)
SVP
Sanford (.917) Ellis (.911)
• Columbus enters the third game of a four-game road trip after yesterday’s win at Los Angeles. The Blue Jackets are in the midst of playing eight of 10 and 10 of 14 on the road. Columbus has won two of its last three road games after going winless its previous three and 1-4-0 its previous five.

• G Curtis Sanford stopped all 31 shots he faced yesterday at Los Angeles to earn his first shutout since Dec. 28, 2008 vs. Ottawa as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, a span of 20 games. He has 30-plus saves his last four starts, stopping 139-of-149 shots (.933 save pct.). The shutout was the first of the season for the Blue Jackets.

• Tonight marks second of four meetings overall and first of two at Honda Center this season between the Blue Jackets and Ducks. Columbus is 30-27-4 all-time vs. Anaheim, including 9-8-3 at Honda Center.

• Columbus plays in 16 back-to-back sets this season. The Jackets play one home/home sets, home/road sets five times, road/home sets on five occasions and five back-to-back road/road sets. Columbus is 76-76-22 all-time in the first game of back-to-backs and is 58-91-24 all-time in the second game.

• David Savard notched his first assist since Oct. 18 vs. Dallas with a helper Jan. 7 at Los Angeles. He was recalled from Springfield (AHL) on Dec. 31.


RYAN GETZLAF

 
C - #15
  7 Goals
  19 Assists
  26 Points





• The big, lanky center hasn’t had the type of season he has been accustomed to, but when he’s playing well the Ducks top line is as dangerous any in the league. His game-winner vs. the Islanders was his first goal since Dec. 4 vs. Minnesota.


D Radek Martinek (concussion); indefinitely
LW Kristian Huselius (lower body); indefinitely
D James Wisniewski (ankle); indefinitely
C Mark Letestu (broken hand); indefinitely

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 3 3 1 1 4
B. Dubinsky 3 0 4 0 4
M. Calvert 3 2 1 3 3
R. Johansen 3 1 2 0 3
B. Jenner 3 1 2 -1 3
D. Savard 3 0 3 1 3
C. Atkinson 3 1 1 1 2
D. MacKenzie 3 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 3 1 0 0 1
J. Skille 3 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 2 0 .904 3.32
 
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