|3||EDMONTON||-120||Ov 5.5,+110||-110||Ov 5.5,+115|
|4||COLUMBUS||+100||Un 5.5,-130||-110||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-1.7||2-4||-1.7||1-5||2.0||25.2||2.5||33.3|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.2||0-5||-5.2||0-4||1.6||26.4||2.8||35.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||25||7||8||7||3||2||300||8.3%||54||14||25.9%||45|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||12||3||4||3||2||1||151||7.9%||26||5||19.2%||21|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||4||2||0||0||132||6.1%||22||3||13.6%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||29||9||12||5||3||2||368||7.9%||54||8||14.8%||48|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||15||3||8||3||1||2||200||7.5%||31||4||12.9%||21|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||0||8||3||3||2||176||8.0%||25||3||12.0%||21|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||10||10||323||298||92.3%||0||4-6||-1.8||4-6-0||-2||2-7|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||5||5||169||158||93.5%||0||2-3||-0.7||2-3-0||-1||1-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||145||135||93.1%||0||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||0-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||28||93.3%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-5-0||-2.8||2-5||-2.8||4-2||2.4||26.9||3.1||30.1|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.8||1-4||-2.8||3-1||2.4||24.2||3.4||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||23||6||9||7||1||1||294||7.8%||48||7||14.6%||40|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||17||5||6||6||0||0||188||9.0%||33||5||15.2%||31|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||5||3||0||0||121||9.9%||18||4||22.2%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||36||12||10||12||2||2||341||10.6%||43||7||16.3%||67|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||22||6||8||6||2||2||211||10.4%||32||5||15.6%||40|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||7||4||5||1||1||146||11.6%||19||4||21.1%||33|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||6||6||170||153||90.0%||1||2-4||-1.5||2-4-0||-1||2-3|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)||4||4||108||97||89.8%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-1|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||94||82||87.2%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||6||5||170||153||90.0%||0||1-4||-2.8||1-4-0||-3||3-2|
|STEVE MASON (Home Games)||4||3||102||93||91.2%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||104||95||91.3%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.2, COLUMBUS 3.16|
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||P|
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|2/19/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|1/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||at PHOENIX||1-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at COLORADO||0-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/28/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||P|
|2/2/2013||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/15/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/16/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (EDMONTON-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Blue Jackets Preview* =============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Edmonton (4-3-3) at Columbus (3-6-2), 6:00 p.m. EDT
Though it doesn't take away the sting of five consecutive losses, coach Ralph Krueger believes his Edmonton Oilers are putting forth solid efforts that eventually should translate to victories.
Todd Richards isn't saying the same about his Columbus Blue Jackets.
Edmonton hopes to have Eric Belanger back in the lineup Sunday night as it seeks a fifth victory in the last six meetings with Columbus, which expects James Wisniewski to return from a two-game absence.
The Oilers (4-4-3) won four of their first six games, but they are 0-2-3 since after Saturday's 2-1 loss at Detroit. Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz, who scored his third goal of the season, said there's plenty of time to recover, though.
"We just have to keep working hard," Schultz said. "It's early in the season. (The wins) will come."
Injuries have been an issue of late, especially at the center position, as captain Shawn Horcoff (broken knuckle) and Anton Lander (broken foot) will miss extended time.
Fellow center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned Saturday, though, after missing Wednesday's overtime loss to Dallas with a shoulder injury, and Belanger could play Sunday after sitting out the last two games with two broken toes.
Though Krueger would like to see better performances from both special teams units after the power play went 1 for 8 and the penalty kill allowed two goals Saturday, he's encouraged by what he's seeing on the ice.
"They're willing to put in the work, and more than anything it's about learning how to win," Krueger said. "They're pushing each other in the right direction and we're making steps every day."
The Oilers have had some recent success against the Blue Jackets, including a 6-3 victory in the most recent meeting March 25 as Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle each finished with two assists to help their team end a five-game losing streak in Columbus.
The Blue Jackets (3-6-2) can't seem to find any consistency lately, dropping their last two despite holding a lead after the first period in each. They fell 4-2 to Los Angeles on Tuesday before Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary.
Columbus has trailed first in all three of its wins.
"We have to figure it out," said Richards, whose team fell to 1-2-1 on its franchise record-tying six-game homestand. "For 20 minutes it's good and then we lose our game. And when it's gone, it's gone. It's not one shift or two shifts, it's for an extended period of time."
Richards said Columbus' inability to move the puck up the ice has been an issue. He hopes that improves Sunday and in Monday's contest versus San Jose, which precedes a six-game road trip.
"The last two games we've spent too much time in our own zone," Richards said. "We aren't getting into the battles and we aren't winning that first battle on the puck. We're going to face two teams in the next two games that have that same capability."
Wisniewski, who has a point in his past four games, has missed the last two with a concussion but appears likely to play Sunday.
Devan Dubnyk, who has a 1.93 goals-against average in his last six starts and is 4-1-0 with a 2.21 GAA in his last five versus Columbus, will be in net for Edmonton on Sunday.
It's unclear who will start for Columbus, though Steve Mason is 1-3-0 with a 6.38 GAA in his last four against the Oilers.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 11:01:19 PM EST|