The Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have split the 2015-16 season series 1-1-0 and will play their in their third and final game on Apr. 6 at Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs are 4-6-0 in their last 10, most recently falling 4-3 to the Florida Panthers on Monday in Toronto. In that game, the Panthers scored three straight in the second period, making it a 3-0 game after 40 minutes.
Toronto slowly crawled back into the contest after Colin Greening scored a power play goal at 5:50 of the third period and TJ Brennan added on at 8:54 of the frame, making it 3-2.
Aleksander Barkov notched his 27th goal of the season at 9:30, putting the Panthers ahead 4-2. Greening scored his second of the night at 11:53 of the third, but it was too little and too late.
The Blue Jackets are 3-7-0 in their last 10, most recently falling to the New York Rangers on Apr. 4 at Nationwide Arena. In that game, captain Nick Foligno scored two goals after going 15 contests without a goal.
Rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo started in net against the Rangers, for the sole reason that he's played better than Sergei Bobrovsky, John Tortorella explained Monday.
The Blue Jackets recalled right wing Josh Anderson and added defenseman Justin Falk to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday. The team also assigned left wing Sonny Milano to the Monsters.
The last time the Blue Jackets and the Maple Leafs faced off was on Jan. 13 at Air Canada Centre. Korpisalo was the first star of the game, turning aside 41 Toronto shots and helping the Blue Jackets seal a 3-1 victory.
In that contest, Boone Jenner opened the scoring at 15:08 of the first period and Alexander Wennberg made it 2-0 for Columbus at 16:17 of the second period.
Brad Boyes notched the Maple Leafs’ lone goal of the evening at 17:33 of the third period, making it a 2-1 game in the final minutes of regulation. But with a second left in the frame, at 19:59 to be exact, Brandon Dubinsky scored a power play goal into an empty net, putting the game away.
The Blue Jackets are 8-9-1 in the all-time series against the Maple Leafs. Notable: they are 6-4-0 in the last 10 meetings with Toronto.
In this match-up, keep your eye on No. 15: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (or P.A., for short).
The veteran right winger has scored 19 goals and added 20 assists for 39 points this season. His seven power play goals and three game-winning goals are good enough for the team lead in both categories.
Parenteau was selected by Anaheim in the 9th round (264th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. Over eight seasons in the NHL, the well-traveled Quebec native has suited up for the Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, Avalanche, Canadiens and Maple Leafs.
In 421 career NHL games, he’s scored 100 goals and added 166 assists for 266 points.