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Scouting Report: Columbus Blue Jackets

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- It has been an up-and-down Western Canadian road trip for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A stop in Edmonton on Tuesday resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Oilers. They bounced back last night, picking up a 2-1 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Tonight, they close out the trip with a stop in Calgary and are looking to head home on a positive note.

"I think the third period was good from us, and we had to find a way to score and the power play came up big there,” Alex Wennberg told in Vancouver. "That’s a big goal for (Hartnell) and, for us, I think it’s strong coming back in this game and winning this at the end. This is a great thing to take with us to our next game."

The Blue Jackets will be without their two regular netminders, Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney, as both are on the injured reserve with groin and ankle injuries, respectively. Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg have been recalled in their absence.

Korpisalo has been getting the lion's share of the work and picked up second star honours in Vancouver last night thanks to his 37-save performance. In his last seven starts, he is 5-1-1 with a 1.95 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

"He’s unflappable, just as far as his mental toughness," John Tortorella told last night. "It’s easy to say now, because he didn’t let one in, but it just looked like he wasn’t going to let one in. That’s the way it felt on the bench. Just a great experience for him, as far as what he’s doing for the club and for him, for himself as far as his confidence."

Tonight's game marks the second and final game in the season series between the Flames and Blue Jackets. Calgary took the first game by a score of 4-2 on Jan. 21 in Columbus. Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, and Sam Bennett (2) scored for the Flames while the Blue Jackets received goals from Scott Hartnell and Brandon Dubinsky.


Record: 20-28-5

Power Play: 17.7 percent overall (29 goals scored in 164 chances with the man advantage), 18.9 percent on the road (17 goals scored in 90 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 80 percent overall (38 goals allowed in 190 times being short-handed), 78 percent on the road (27 goals allowed in 123 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 0-1-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 2-0-0

Notable Injuries: Curtis McElhinney (ankle), David Clarkson (upper body), David Savard (oblique), and Sergei Bobrovsky (groin)

Who's HOT: Scott Hartnell

The veteran winger scored Columbus' goal in Vancouver last night and extended his point streak to four games with that marker. During that stretch, Hartnell has two goals, four points, and is a plus-two.

Hartnell leads the Blue Jackets in scoring this year with 18 goals and 36 points through 51 games played. He also leads the team in power play goals with eight.

Honourable Mention: Cam Atkinson

Atkinson set up Hartnell's equalizer against the Canucks on Thursday night, bringing him to six points in his last four skates. The 26-year-old has four goals in that stretch, including a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 25.

The Boston College alumnus is third in team scoring with 17 goals and 33 points on the year.

Who's NOT: Gregory Campbell

While Campbell isn't known for his offensive output, he has endured a lengthy scoring drought. His last point -- an assist -- came on Dec. 4 while his last goal dates back to Nov. 20. In 53 games this season, Campbell has two goals and six points. He is a minus-10 on the year and has recorded just 41 shots on net.

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