|17||COLUMBUS||+175||Ov 5.5,-120||+175||Ov 5.5,+100|
|18||ST LOUIS||-205||Un 5.5,+100||-205||Un 5.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-12-0||-1||9-12||-1||10-9||2.6||28.0||2.9||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.5||3-2||+1.5||3-2||2.8||30.4||2.8||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||41||111||33||31||44||3||7||1144||9.7%||136||24||17.6%||186|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||21||54||16||16||19||3||2||589||9.2%||71||12||16.9%||88|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||4||5||1||1||152||9.2%||20||2||10.0%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||117||27||40||46||4||6||1243||9.4%||143||29||20.3%||203|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||61||15||21||23||2||1||641||9.5%||70||17||24.3%||107|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||4||7||0||0||137||10.2%||23||8||34.8%||24|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||23||23||646||587||90.9%||0||10-13||-3.7||10-13-0||-4||12-8|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||13||13||366||331||90.4%||0||5-8||-1.8||5-8-0||-2||6-5|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY(vs. Non-Conference)||7||7||195||170||87.2%||0||2-5||-4.2||2-5-0||-4||5-2|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||86||93.5%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+3||2-2|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||18||15||478||437||91.4%||1||7-8||-0.2||7-8-0||-1||6-9|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||9||7||223||202||90.6%||0||3-4||-0.1||3-4-0||-1||3-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY(vs. Non-Conference)||5||4||129||120||93.0%||1||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||93||89.4%||0||2-2||+0.5||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA(vs. Non-Conference)||2||2||63||56||88.9%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||16-5-0||+7.8||16-5||+7.8||13-6||4.0||29.1||2.3||25.3|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||2-2||3.8||26.2||2.4||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||144||41||50||47||6||8||1172||12.3%||144||34||23.6%||243|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||21||84||24||29||30||1||4||611||13.7%||82||20||24.4%||147|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||9||4||2||1||131||14.5%||16||6||37.5%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||93||38||25||25||5||4||1045||8.9%||144||22||15.3%||154|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||19||15||13||2||1||532||9.2%||78||14||17.9%||83|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||4||4||1||1||146||8.2%||20||4||20.0%||21|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||17||13||390||362||92.8%||1||11-2||+8.4||11-2-0||+9||6-6|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||8||6||173||160||92.5%||1||6-0||+6||6-0-0||+6||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT(vs. Non-Conference)||5||4||119||110||92.4%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||3||104||99||95.2%||1||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-2|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||28||27||653||592||90.7%||2||17-10||+2.7||17-10-0||+3||14-8|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||16||15||358||323||90.2%||2||10-5||+1.8||10-5-0||+2||9-5|
|JAROSLAV HALAK(vs. Non-Conference)||11||11||263||242||92.0%||1||9-2||+6.5||9-2-0||+7||6-2|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||95||84||88.4%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||4-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.12, ST LOUIS 3.16|
|12/9/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/10/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-4||W||0, +105||W||5 un||O|
|12/12/2013||at NY RANGERS||4-2||W||0, +140||W||5 un||O|
|12/14/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/16/2013||WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/19/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||4-5||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/21/2013||PHILADELPHIA||6-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/23/2013||at CAROLINA||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/27/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||U|
|12/29/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/31/2013||at COLORADO||3-5||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/2/2014||at PHOENIX||2-0||W||0, +135||W||5.5 ev||U|
|1/4/2014||at ST LOUIS|| |
|1/6/2014||at NY RANGERS|| |
|1/11/2014||at WINNIPEG|| |
|1/13/2014||TAMPA BAY|| |
|12/10/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/12/2013||TORONTO||6-3||W||0, -255||W||5.5 ev||O|
|12/14/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/16/2013||at OTTAWA||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|12/17/2013||SAN JOSE||2-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/19/2013||MONTREAL||5-1||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||O|
|12/21/2013||at EDMONTON||6-0||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/23/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, -160||L||5.5 un||O|
|12/28/2013||CHICAGO||6-5||W||0, -130||W||5.5 ov||O|
|12/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|12/31/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 ov||U|
|1/2/2014||LOS ANGELES||5-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||P|
|1/7/2014||at EDMONTON|| |
|1/9/2014||at CALGARY|| |
|1/10/2014||at VANCOUVER|| |
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
|ST LOUIS: ST. LOUIS (AP) - Signing cornerstone defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract extension was just a matter of time for the St. Louis Blues. Two days into training camp, it was a done deal.
The Blues believe the ice-hogging, offensive-minded Pietrangelo is the guy who'll lead the way on teams built to go deep into the playoffs.
The Blues won two then dropped four in a row against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Blues open the regular season at home Oct. 3 against Nashville.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Blues Preview* ============================
Columbus (18-19-4) at St. Louis (28-7-5), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Blues are 7-0-0 at home against Eastern Conference foes as they welcome a former division rival to town.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could have Sergei Bobrovsky back in goal Saturday night when they try to end the Blues' four-game win streak.
St. Louis (28-7-5) has yet to lose versus the East on home ice, where it has gone 15-2-1 against Columbus (18-19-4) with a stunning 32.9 power-play percentage since 2006-07. These teams were Central Division rivals then before the Blue Jackets moved in 2013-14.
The Blues rallied from two goals down for a 4-3 victory at Columbus on Dec. 14, as David Backes scored in overtime. Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals for St. Louis.
Bobrovsky missed that game with a groin injury that has kept him out since Dec. 3. He could start Saturday after going 1-3-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average last season against St. Louis during his Vezina Trophy-winning campaign.
The Russian goalie will catch a break if Backes (upper body) and Alexander Steen (concussion) remain out for St. Louis. That duo has combined for 40 goals, with Backes more likely to return.
The absences of its two top goal scorers didn't slow down one of the league's highest-scoring teams in Thursday's 5-0 victory over Los Angeles. T.J. Oshie scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added an assist to give him six goals and three assists during a seven-game point streak.
"You anticipate having injuries and you don't expect two of your top guys to be out but the younger guys are really stepping up and playing the way that we know they can," defenseman Barret Jackman said. "They're playing hard each night and if they're not on the scoresheet, they're doing great things defensively."
The U.S. Olympian Oshie put on a show by scoring twice in a 91-second span in front of Brian Burke, Director of Player Personnel for USA hockey.
"This was a great team win," Oshie said. "I got two of them, but they could have easily gone to someone else on my line. This was a strong all-around effort."
Brian Elliott made 30 saves for his third shutout to improve to 6-0-1 with a 1.40 GAA in his last seven starts.
Elliott is 5-0-1 with a 1.97 GAA against Columbus. Jaroslav Halak is expected to back up Elliott on Saturday after facing the Blue Jackets last month.
Columbus also enters after posting a shutout, 2-0 at Phoenix on Thursday. Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for his second shutout although he may give way to Bobrovsky in this one.
The bigger story was Nathan Horton's club debut after the forward missed the 2013 part of the season due to shoulder surgery. Horton, signed to a seven-year deal worth $37.1 million in the offseason, scored in his first action since Game 6 of last year's Stanley Cup finals with Boston.
"I had so much fun out there," Horton said. "It's so exciting to be back."
The Blue Jackets will be without forward Derek MacKenzie, who received a three-game suspension for boarding Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Horton's former Florida teammate, defenseman Jordan Leopold, will likely see his first action since Nov. 7 for St. Louis. Leopold was out due to hand surgery.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 11:05:10 AM EST|