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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets hope to build on road win by taking on Canucks

Coming off a win in Seattle, Columbus takes on a red-hot Vancouver team

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com
 JACKETS (14-11-1) at CANUCKS (12-15-2)  

Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C. 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets) 

Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship)  

The Blue Jackets played the Canucks just 18 days ago, but Vancouver looks a lot different than it did during Columbus' 4-2 win in Nationwide Arena on Black Friday. 

Since then, head coach Travis Green and general manager Jim Benning have been fired, with the Canucks replacing Green with veteran coach Bruce Boudreau and hiring former Pittsburgh and Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford as president of hockey operations.

And whether it's beginner's luck, the start of a huge culture change or anything else, the Canucks are a perfect 4-0 since Boudreau took over, with wins over Los Angeles, Boston, Winnipeg and Carolina under the coach's belt.  

It might just be one of those situations where things had gotten to the point that any change would be a good one, but Brad Larsen doesn't see a team doing a ton of different things as the Jackets get ready to face the Canucks tonight in Vancouver. 

"There's been a little bit of change," Larsen said with a chuckle. "I think you guys overthink all the change that's gone on. I watched the game last night, and sometimes it's just a fresh voice and it frees some guys up you could see. But it's been four games. You're not going to get a whole lot of changes in four games.  

"It's tough to do, but I'll say this. When they played us, they outplayed us. They did, they outplayed us. We won the game, but I don't look at that game and go, 'Oh wow, it was a tough night for them.' If anything, it was a tough night for us, and we found a way to win." 

In fact, the Canucks had a 41-21 edge in shots on goal in that game, but the Blue Jackets were able to sneak out of Nationwide Arena with a win thanks to Jack Roslovic's tie-breaking third-period goal. That performance perhaps foreshadowed what was to come next, though, as the Blue Jackets immediately left Columbus for a four-game road trip in which they wouldn't be so lucky, losing all four games. 

That started a five-game road losing streak that the Blue Jackets finally snapped on Saturday night in Seattle when they took a 4-1 lead then held on for a 5-4 overtime victory. Larsen has spoken all season of the Blue Jackets learning from adversity, and that victory could be a big one as Columbus showed they could take a punch, gather themselves and then finish out a win in a difficult atmosphere. 

"We had to find a way to win one of those," Larsen said. "You'd like to find a way to do it cleaner if we could, but there were some good things. We stuck with it there in overtime, found a way to get the two points, and that's the most important thing." 

Now, the Blue Jackets have a chance to make it two road wins in a row against the Canucks. 

"It's a good way to start the road trip off, but now we have to go up and try to find a win in Vancouver," Oliver Bjorkstrand said. 

Know the Foe   

The Boudreau era has started impressively with four straight wins by a combined score of 12-5, thanks in part to a dominating week by goaltender Thatcher Demko. The Canucks netminder was named the No. 1 star of the week in the NHL this past week, earning the win in all four games for Vancouver and posting a 1.20 GAA and .962 save percentage.  

Winger Brock Boeser also says the team is trying to be more aggressive in its style under Boudreau, which has helepd the team dictate the pace a little more. 

"I think we're trying to push forward and you can see how much the (defensemen) are pinching and getting up the ice quick and supporting each other," he said. "I think it's been working well so far and I think we've got to keep building and keep getting better at our systems and keep getting wins." 

Despite some high-end players like J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, scoring goals has been the biggest issue for the Canucks this year, with the team's mark of 2.38 goals per game placing 29th in the league. Add in a historically bad penalty kill - Vancouver is last in the league at 66.3 percent on the kill - and it's been a struggle despite the fact the Canucks are outscoring teams 44-41 at 5-on-5. Vancouver also is 18th in the NHL in team defense (2.90 goals allowed per game) and 18th in power play (18.6 percent).  

Miller leads the way in scoring as the East Palestine, Ohio, native is tied for 17th in the NHL with 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists. Hughes is ninth among NHL defensemen in points and tied for fourth in assists among blueliners with a 2-20-22 line, while Conor Garland has come over from Arizona and posted nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. 

The Canucks just haven't gotten as much as they had hoped from such names as captain Bo Horvat (7-9-16), Boeser (7-7-14) and Pettersson (5-9-14), while scoring depth has been hard to find at times as well. 

In net, Demko's red-hot run has him with a 12-11-1 record, 2.66 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 24 games, all starts. 

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Should we be concerned pt 1:
Columbus brags their defense has led the way for them to a 29 points in 26 games record.
(The Canucks have 26 points in 29 games.)
Columbus brags about their defense but they have let in 86 goals according to NHL stats. (3.3/gm)
(The Canucks have allowed 85 goals, according to same source. (2.9/gm)
What does it all mean? 
They let in a lot of goals. 
We are going to score a lot of goals tonight. 
And, we got this.
              GO CANUCKS GO!
Should we be concerned pt 2:
******** This game, the opponent is getting their big star forward back in time to face us, (instead of losing Aho right before last game) but will he be up to the task? ***********
BY ED FRANCIS ON DECEMBER 13, 2021 AT 1:26 PM @bluejacketstats
With the return of forward Patrik Laine imminent, how will head coach Brad Larsen and the Columbus Blue Jackets shift their forwards to bring the elite scorer back into the fold?
Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

After missing more than five weeks with an oblique injury, forward Patrik Laine is nearing his return to the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Word of Laine's return was tweeted late Sunday by Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, with the expectation that the top-line sniper would rejoin the team sometime Monday.

While there is no mention of a return to the ice in the tweet and the Blue Jackets are yet to activate Laine from the injured reserve list, he's in the sixth week of an oblique injury that was expected to sideline the 23-year-old for four to six weeks.

His return from the injury is one thing, but Laine's return to the ice will be an emotional one. Laine's dad, Harri, passed away unexpectedly November 21st at the age of 54. 

Laine had been away from the team in recent weeks to rejoin his family in Finland.

When he rejoins the team on the ice, Laine should have no problem transitioning back into his role as one of the Blue Jackets perennial forwards. Before the November 3rd injury, Laine had three goals and seven assists in nine games, averaging more than one point per game.

His absence has been most notable on the power play. While there were no power play goals from Laine prior to the injury, four of his seven assists had come while on the man-advantage. The ability Laine has to score is enough to create chances for other players, and it had paid off large for the Blue Jackets: Columbus had six power play goals in the nine games Laine was healthy, and they've bested that by only one — seven total goals — in the 17 games without him. 

Overtime, too, has been a bit tougher without Laine. The Blue Jackets were 4-0 in overtime before Laine's exit, with three of the four wins not needing to go to a shootout. Laine had two of the overtime game winners.

   Since his exit, Columbus has went (sic) to overtime three times. Two of them went to a shootout, one of which gave them their first OTL of the season, and it wasn't until Saturday in Seattle that the Blue Jackets got an overtime game-winner with Laine out of the lineup. Cumulatively, the team was 6-3-0 with Laine in the lineup, and they've went (sic) 8-8-1 in his absence.  His return will almost definitely pair him again with Jakub Voracek, who leads the league with 17 primary assists. Who plays between the two at center remains a mystery. That spot belonged to Cole Sillinger six weeks ago, but Sillinger has just five points (two goals and three assists) since Laine exited the lineup, and his minutes have been cut too. After seeing more than 15 minutes in eight of the first 15 games of the season, he's now went 11 straight games without seeing more than 14:03. A majority of Voracek's ice time has been shared with Sillinger or Boone Jenner over the last month. Could Sillinger's struggles be related to not being able to play alongside Laine? If head coach Brad Larsen wants to reunite that line, a top line of Laine-Sillinger-Voracek may happen on the current road trip.  Laine-Jenner-Voracek played together, as well, but the analytics show that line may not be as productive as it they sound on paper: the trio played 75 minutes together, and their 1.92 expected goals per 60 was the lowest of any of the four Blue Jacket forward groups with at least an hour of shared ice time this season.  What about Alexandre Texier? With nine, he's tied for second on the team in goals and is already at a career high. It would be a risk, but after an impressive season so far, does Texier deserve another chance to play near (or at) the top of the lineup? Jack Roslovic has come around as of late, as well; does he get a chance?  Larsen will have plenty of options at his disposal, and with Columbus still amongst the ten best teams in the league in goals per game, Laine's return to the lineup only creates more opportunity for an offense that has beat expectations thus far.  The Blue Jackets are bottom ten in goals allowed though, so let's just hope that opportunity can outscore their opponents.                                                  ***************  Nah, nothing to worry about here (cuz: Looney Tune): ************   . Patrik laine ovi GIF on GIFER - by Kazrabar *Top 30 Patrik Laine GIFs | Find the best GIF on GfycatPlayer Discussion: - Patrik Laine - MOD WARNING IN OP | Page 56 | HFBoards  - NHL Message Board and Forum for National Hockey League                 Patrik Laine jokes that the Blue Jackets offense doesn't need his help -  YouTube                           That smile... (floss yer frik'n teeth - those gums - what a mess); and, open your eyes man you're on TV!                                                                                               If Hockey Doesn't Work Out For Patrik Laine, At Least He Has A Modeling  Career To Fall Back On | Barstool Sports                              "I've got my pockets full of miracles stuff".  (Check out the security guard and dope dog.)                                                                                                                       Unfortunately, Torts will not be coaching or we could truly have a Gong Show tonight!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GO CANUCKS GO!           HATTY FOR PETEY!
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