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Blue Jackets at Ducks preview

Columbus, Anaheim looking to hold onto second wild card spots

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (32-27-5) at DUCKS (31-21-12)

10 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-W, FS-O, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks will try to maintain their positions in the standings when they play at Honda Center on Friday.

The Blue Jackets hold the second wild card from the Eastern Conference, two points in front of the Carolina Hurricanes. They lost 5-2 against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

The Ducks hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They're tied in points with St. Louis Blues and one point in front of the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames.

Forwards Jason Chimera and Chris Kelly will make their Ducks debuts. Chimera, 38, was acquired in a trade with the New York Islanders on Monday. Kelly, 37, signed a one-year contract Monday. He has not played in the NHL this season.

 

Players to watch

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win against the Ducks on Dec. 1. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past four games.

 

They said it

"It's absolutely the best part of this League sometimes, you get a chance to go right back at it 24 hours later." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, after the 5-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday

"The way the standings look right now, we need to take every point we can get." -- Ducks forward Rickard Rakell

 

Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno

Sonny Milano -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Boone Jenner -- Mark Letestu -- Matt Calvert

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Jack Johnson -- Ryan Murray

Ian Cole -- David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Lukas Sedlak, Taylor Chorney, Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Dean Kukan (upper body), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Josh Anderson (knee)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase

Jason Chimera -- Derek Grant -- Chris Kelly

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Marcus Pettersson -- Hampus Lindholm

Josh Manson -- Francois Beauchemin

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: J.T. Brown, Kevin Bieksa, Kalle Kossila, Antoine Vermette

Injured: Patrick Eaves (illness)

 

Status report

Bobrovsky will start after Korpisalo gave up five goals on 34 shots against the Kings on Thursday. ... Gibson returns after missing three games because of a lower-body injury. He has allowed two goals or fewer in seven consecutive starts.

 

Stat pack

Bobrovsky is 5-2-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past eight games. ... The Ducks have killed 25 of 26 power plays in nine games since Feb. 9.

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