The Scouting Report: Columbus Blue Jackets
CALGARY, AB -- There isn't a team in the National Hockey League as unbeatable as the Columbus Blue Jackets in the month of March.
The team has won seven of 10 games thus far in the month and has earned 17 of a possible 20 points. Further highlighting Columbus' hot stretch is the fact they haven't lost in regulation over their last 11 games. The stretch has allowed the Blue Jackets to jump in the standings, sitting 10th in the Western Conference and just a pair of points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
They're a team the Calgary Flames need to catch as part of the six teams standing in the way between them and the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blue Jackets and Flames have squared off just once this season, a 4-3 victory thanks to Alex Tanguay's heroics just over a minute into overtime. The win came with Leland Irving between the pipes in the Flames' first game after Miikka Kiprusoff suffered a sprained knee against the Detroit Red Wings a night before.
GAA: 2.05 | SVP: 0.931
The 24-year-old Bobrovsky has been lights out in the last five games, having not lost in regulation. His only two defeats, both shootout losses, saw Bobrosvky allow just one goal in each of those two contests. He's allowed just seven goals in his past five games and has a .960 save percentage during the same span. He is 8-1-2 in his last dozen appearances with a goals against of 1.56 and a .952 save percentage. Simply put, Bobrovsky the biggest reason the Blue Jackets haven't lost in regulation in their last 11 games.
SOG: 40 | +/-: 2
After a run of seven points in seven games, Foligno has been held off the scoresheet in Columbus' last four games. Foligno, acquired from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Marc Methot on July 1st, has just three goals and 13 points in 30 games this season after finding the back of the net 15 times as part of a 47-point season a year ago.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
After missing nearly a month of action as the result of a knee injury, Dubinsky returned to the Blue Jackets' lineup a little over a week ago. The 26-year-old was one of the key pieces in the deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers and has eight assists and nine points in 19 games this season.
Another player that missed nearly a month of action for Columbus with a lower-body injury, the start to Atkinson's season was derailed in January. The five-foot-seven forward is still trying to find his stride, recording just six points in 17 games after scoring seven goals and 14 points in 27 games a year ago.
One of the most active defencemen in the league, Johnson is third in ice time averaging 26:32 a night. He's also been productive in that time with four goals and 14 points in 26 games - fifth on the Blue Jackets. Acquired along with a first round pick in exchange for Jeff Carter last year, the Blue Jackets are getting their worth out of the busy defenceman.
BY THE NUMBERS
Columbus Record This Season: 12-12-6 (10th in Western Conference)
Columbus Record Last Season: 29-46-7 (15th in Western Conference)
Calgary Record This Season: 11-13-4 (14th in Western Conference)
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