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Columbus can extend road point streak to nine games; Anaheim seeks consecutive wins

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (20-15-8) at DUCKS (17-20-5)

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


The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to extend the longest active road point streak in the NHL to nine games when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets are 5-0-3 in their past eight games away from home and 9-1-4 in their past 14 games overall. Columbus has not been defeated on the road since a 4-1 loss at the Florida Panthers on Dec. 7.

Forward Cam Atkinson is expected to return to the Blue Jackets lineup after missing the past eight games because of an ankle injury.

The Ducks, 3-5-1 in their past nine games, are trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 29-Nov. 1. They defeated the Nashville Predators 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday.


Players to watch

Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past four games. 

Ducks forward Daniel Sprong, recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday, had a goal and an assist playing on Anaheim's top line Sunday.


They said it

"Part of Sonny's personality, he just plays. … Nothing really bothers him, and it's kind of a double-edged sword there, though. I think sometimes things should bother him, and those are the things we need to bring attention to." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on forward Sonny Milano, who has three points (one goal, two assists) in a three-game point streak

"If it's going to take us twice as many chances as the other team to score, then that's what we need to create." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on the 47-26 shot advantage Anaheim had against Nashville


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Nathan Gerbe

Sonny Milano -- Boone Jenner -- Nick Foligno

Emil Bemstrom -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson

Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Kevin Stenlund

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard

Scott Harrington -- Markus Nutivaara

Elvis Merzlikins

Matiss Kivlenieks

Scratched: Ryan MacInnis, Eric Robinson, Gabriel Carlsson

Injured: Joonas Korpisalo (knee), Josh Anderson (shoulder), Oliver Bjorkstrand (rib), Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Alexandre Texier (back), Dean Kukan (knee), Ryan Murray (lower body), Andrew Peeke (finger)


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: None

Injured: Nick Ritchie (knee), Troy Terry (knee), Derek Grant (shoulder), Rickard Rakell (upper body), Korbinian Holzer (lower body)


Status report

Anaheim assigned forward Kiefer Sherwood to San Diego on Tuesday. … Terry, Rakell and Holzer each practiced on Monday; each remains day to day. 


Stat pack

Tortorella will coach his 1,301st NHL game, tying Mike Babcock for 12th place on the NHL all-time list. ... Merzlikins, expected to make his fifth straight start, is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in his past four starts. … Getzlaf has 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 38 games against Columbus.

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