NHL Hockey

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Columbus 0 1 0 1
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, October 11, 2019
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio  Attendance: 15,368

Blue Jackets aim to keep momentum rolling vs. Ducks

Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets

  1. The Ducks have won three straight against the Blue Jackets after losing each of the previous four. Anaheim has not scored a power play goal against Columbus since November 6, 2015; that seven-game streak is its second-longest active power-play drought against a single opponent (Hurricanes, nine straight).
  2. Anaheim fell in Pittsburgh, 2-1, for its first loss of the season, allowing the Penguins to record six power-play opportunities. It was the 14th time since the start of the 2017-18 season that the Ducks have allowed 6+ power plays, tied with the Wild for the most in the NHL.
  3. Columbus defeated Buffalo, 4-3, on Monday, but allowed two power-play goals, including the game-tying goal with 1:14 remaining in regulation. The Blue Jackets have allowed five power-play goals through three games this season, their most in franchise history.
  4. John Gibson has allowed five goals in his first four starts of the season, posting a .961 save percentage in those games. That's the second-highest save percentage by a Ducks netminder in his first four games of a season, behind Viktor Fasth (.962 in 2012-13; min. 100 shots faced).
  5. Zack Werenski recorded an assist in the win over Buffalo after scoring a goal at Pittsburgh last Saturday. Since the start of last season, Columbus has gotten 27.8 percent of their points from defensemen, the third-highest rate in the NHL (Nashville, 31.1; San Jose, 28.0).
  6. Ryan Getzlaf has 42 points (12g, 30a) in 37 career games against the Blue Jackets, tied for sixth most among active players. However, he has been held off the scoresheet in his last three meetings with Columbus and has not scored a goal against the Blue Jackets since October 24, 2014.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to continue finding their chemistry when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Columbus lost its first two games of the season before beating the visiting Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in overtime on Monday.

The Blue Jackets are in the midst of an odd schedule in which they have back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday night the first three weekends of the season with just two other games in between.

After four days off, Columbus hosts Anaheim and then heads off to play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"We look at it as far as where we can have mini-sessions as far as working on things," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told reporters after practice Wednesday. "It's welcomed by us. Even if we were winning all the games, it would be welcome because you're still working on your concept."

The Ducks will be playing their second road game in two nights after losing 2-1 at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday for their first loss in four games this season.

John Gibson has allowed five goals in four games but will likely get a rest against the Blue Jackets, giving veteran Ryan Miller his first start of the season.

Miller has three shutouts in 13 career games against Columbus, owning a .929 save percentage and 2.02 goals-against average in those games.

Devin Shore has been an early contributor for Anaheim, tallying two assists, despite bouncing around lines.

He started on the fourth line against the Penguins with Derek Grant and Carter Rowney.

"There are certain things that make me successful in my game and, if I just worry about that, the good thing is we have tremendous players on our team," Shore told Fox Sports West. "So, it doesn't really matter where you slot in, I've just got to play my game."

Troy Terry, on the other hand, is overdue to get on the scoresheet for the Ducks, who have combined for nine goals in the first four games.

Terry started on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Max Jones on Thursday, but he didn't record a shot in 13:47 of ice time.

Tortorella continues to work on different defensive pairs while closely evaluating his two goalies.

He told reporters that Vladislav Gavrikov, Scott Harrington, Markus Nutivaara and Dean Kukan will play against Anaheim, but he's still deciding between Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Ryan Murray and David Savard for the final two defensemen in the lineup.

"I'm not sure what the six will be when we play Anaheim," Tortorella said. "It's not set in stone for those five and six spots."

Tortorella also had not made up his mind whether Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins would start in goal against the Ducks.

Korpisalo started the first and third games this season, and Merzlikins made his NHL debut in a 7-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"We're just going one game at a time," Tortorella said of his goalie situation.

Tortorella also said the Blue Jackets will be without forward Josh Anderson for a second straight game because of an upper-body injury. Anderson had 27 goals and 20 assists for Columbus last season.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 11, 2019

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