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Game Day Central: Blue Jackets at Ducks

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


WATCH: Nick Foligno puts us up 4-1 on a 5 on 3 advantage!

LISTEN: Nick Foligno scores his second of the night on the 5 on 3 advantage as your Jackets are up 4-1 in the third! | LISTEN

WATCH: Nick Foligno puts us up 3-1!

LISTEN: Nick Foligno scores to make it 3-1 in the third! | LISTEN

WATCH: R.J. Umberger nets a second period power play goal to put us up 2-0!

You knew the Ducks would come back with a push in the second period, and they did just that. Anaheim threw pucks from all angles at Bobrovsky but the Jackets have done a solid job blocking shots and clogging up shooting lanes, and when there's a breakdown, the goalie's been pretty good. The Blue Jackets got a big goal in the late stages of the second period, a power play tally from RJ Umberger that made it a 2-0 game. Mark Letestu made the play with a no-look, behind-the-back pass across the point to James Wisniewski, who put a half-slapper toward Andersen that Umberger re-directed in off his skate boot. Again, more heady defensive work by Columbus to be on the right side of the puck in that second period despite a thrust from the Ducks. 

R.J. Umberger scores a 2nd period power play goal to make it 2-0! | LISTEN

FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A solid start for the Blue Jackets in Anaheim, and they lead 1-0 after 20 minutes on Ryan Johansen's 23rd goal of the season. It was born from a terrific shift by he, Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner, who spent parts of two different shifts working down low in the Ducks zone and creating chances. Johansen's goal was the third or fourth quality opportunity on that shift, and Horton made a slick short pass to Johansen, who one-touched a quick wrister far side on Frederik Andersen to make it a 1-0 game. Columbus has done a nice job defensively, too, limiting the Ducks' ability to get out in open space with the puck. Shots are 10-8 in favor of Columbus and the better chances rested with the visitors, as well. 

Ryan Johansen's 1st period goal.

GAME AUDIO: Ryan Johansen scores a beauty to put us up 1-0 in the first! | LISTEN

WATCH: Mark Letestu chats pre-game with Bob McElligott from Anaheim.

WATCH: Jack Johnson talks about a big game tonight against the Ducks.

WATCH: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards meets with the media to discuss tonight's game at Honda Center.

UPDATE (4:00 PM):
Here's the projected Blue Jackets lineup for tonight's game in Anaheim...

Foligno - Anisimov - Umberger
Jenner - Johansen - Horton
Calvert - Dubinsky - Atkinson
MacKenzie - Letestu - Tropp

Tyutin - Johnson
Murray - Wisniewski**
Nikitin - Savard


*Wisniewski is a game-time decision (lower body).

Bob & Jody break down tonight's game vs. the Ducks on "Inside Edge."

UPDATE (2:40 PM):
Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod for the Blue Jackets tonight. 

UPDATE (2:15 PM):
The Blue Jackets are on the ice for their morning skate at Honda Center. They have a special guest with them, as Marian Gaborik has (briefly) joined the group for a part of the skate. He's wearing a red no-contact jersey.

UPDATE (1:30 PM):
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed that goalie Frederik Andersen will start tonight for Anaheim. Andersen picked up the win in the Ducks' 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets back on Oct. 27 at Nationwide Arena.

 The Blue Jackets begin a three-game road trip through California on Monday night in Anaheim, taking on the Ducks in a 10 p.m. start at Honda Center. The Jackets are slated for a 2:30 p.m. (ET) "morning skate" in Anaheim, and we'll have game day coverage for you right here at Game Day Central. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Ducks, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

The Blue Jackets called up Tim Erixon from Springfield prior to departing for California yesterday, and they'll have a couple of extra defensemen with them for this three-game trip. Aside from that, they don't plan any roster or lineup changes in advance of Monday night's game against the Ducks.

Look for Sergei Bobrovsky to make the start in net for Columbus. He made 36 saves in a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, his 11th victory in the last 13 games.

Anyone remember the last time the Blue Jackets made the trip west to California? That wasn't a completely-serious question, because we're pretty confident you remember last season's second-half surge that nearly resulted in a playoff berth.

The Blue Jackets swung through California at the tail end of six-game road trip near the close of 2012-13, setting up for the memorable home finale against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena. The first California game on that trip was an overtime thriller with the Ducks in Anaheim, a game that ended on a nifty re-direction by Fedor Tyutin in sudden death.

From there, Columbus dropped a 2-1 decision at STAPLES Center but scored a late win over the San Jose Sharks before heading back to Ohio.

The Ducks team they faced last April was not too much unlike the one they'll face Monday night: a fast, physical and talented team that overwhelms even its strongest opposition.

Coming off back-to-back home wins last week, the Blue Jackets are feeling better than they did in the week prior: Columbus followed up its franchise record-setting eight game win streak with a three-game skid, but wins over Washington and Florida have the Jackets back in playoff position in the week before Sochi.

THURSDAY, 10:30 P.M.

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