BLUE JACKETS 3 | FLAMES 2
Jack Johnson Post Game
Rene Bourque Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Artem Anisimov Goal
Rene Bourque Goal
UPDATE (1:50 PM): Here are the lines and pairs for the Jackets...
UPDATE (1:45 PM): Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just met the media pre-game in Calgary. Here are some updates...
- Sergei Bobrovsky starts in goal vs. the Flames today.
- Boone Jenner and Jeremy Morin both return to the lineup today, and they'll play on a line with Artem Anisimov.
- Alexander Wennberg (infected hand) did not travel with the team and won't play today. Nick Foligno takes his spot on a line with Marko Dano and Scott Hartnell.
- No changes on defense.
Saddle up, Jackets fans!
After back-to-back wins against the Oilers and Canucks, the Blue Jackets want to continue a heck of a good ride in a matinee against the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Jackets scored six unanswered goals in Vancouver to earn their first road win over the Canucks since 2009. The Flames benefitted from that Jackets' win as they battle for a playoff spot. Now the Jackets become their problem, as the Flames sit one point back of Vancouver in the Pacific but also just one point clear of the oncoming LA Kings.
Here are some pre-game nuggets for an afternoon of heavy playoff implications:
- The Blue Jackets will not hold a formal morning skate today due to the early start time (4 pm ET). Todd Richards is expected to meet with the media at 1:30 pm ET.
- At that time, Richards may have some news regarding two additions to his lineup. Boone Jenner and Jeremy Morin were both activated from injured reserve on Friday. Jenner has been out of the lineup with a back injury since Dec. 18. Morin has been out since Jan. 27 with an upper-body injury.
- What was once a run-away victory for Filip Forsberg for Rookie of the Year, and then a two-man race including Aaron Ekblad, is now a legitimate three-way competition. Johnny Gaudreau is second in scoring for the Flames with 56 points, and he has five goals and 12 points in his last nine games. Gaudreau is the first Flames' rookie to surpass the 50-point plateau since Jarome Iginla.
- Look out for the blue line offense in Calgary. While youngsters like Gaudreau and Sean Monahan draw attention up front, the Flames have enough blue line firepower to make up for the loss of potential Norris Trophy candidate Mark Giordano to injury. TJ Brodie is having a career year with 11 goals and 39 points. Veteran Dennis Wideman is also stepping up his game, tying a career-high with 13 goals and 46 points, well within reach of his career-high 50 registered in 2009.