The Scouting Report: Columbus Blue Jackets
CALGARY, AB -- The last time the Columbus Blue Jackets saw the Calgary Flames, they extended their consecutive streak of earning at least a point to 12 games.
In doing so, they dropped Calgary's consecutive road losing streak to nine.
But currently riding a nine game winning streak at Scotiabank Saddledome, the Flames have more than enough reason and inspiration to exact at least a small measure of satisfaction at the expense of the Blue Jackets, coming off a 6-4 setback of their own at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Flames Season Series Record:1-0-1
Alex Tanguay's overtime marker just 1:07 into the extra frame lifted the Flames to a 4-3 win at Nationwide Arena back on February 7th, Calgary's first game after losing goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff to injury a game prior against the Detroit Red Wings.
The result wasn't near as favourable exactly one week ago.
Nick Foligno scored twice while three other Blue Jackets netted singles en route to a 5-1 win on March 22nd. The setback extended Calgary's losing streak away from Scotiabank Saddledome to nine.
SOG: 57 | +/-: -6
Anisimov, brought to Columubs in the deal that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers, has shrugged off his longest point drought of the season to go one of his hotter stretches. Recording a goal and two assists at the expense of the Oilers a night ago, Animisov now has five points in his last four games. In all, the 24-year-old Russian has a team-leading nine goals this season.
SOG: 64 | +/-: -2
Leading all Columbus scorers in points this season with nine goals and 18 points, Prospal has not found the back of the net - or helped set one up - in his past four outings. In fact, if one removes his three assist effort against the Nashville Predators on March 19th, Prospal has just one point in his last 10 games. With the strong game against the Predators, Prospal has managed four points in his last 11 games.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Though he has just five goals and 10 points in 21 games this season, Atkinson has been a player to keep an eye on for the Blue Jackets this season. The pint-sized forward holds all sorts of offensive potential, something Edmonton got a first hand look at on Thursday after Atkinson scored twice and added an assist in the 6-4 losing effort. The generously listed five-foot-seven forward had 14 points in 27 games a season ago.
Another element to the Rick Nash trade and a former first round pick of the Flames, Erixon will make his first trip to Scotiabank Saddledome as a member of the Blue Jackets. He's played 24 games with Columbus this season, recording five assists and plus-4 rating in that span.
After four consecutive 20-goal seasons with the Blue Jackets, the 30-year-old Umberger has struggled to score at a similar pace this season. Despite finding the back of the net just six times through Columbus' 33 games, the former Vancouver Canucks first rounder is still a threat in all three zones with his multifaceted abilities.
BY THE NUMBERS
Columbus Record This Season: 13-14-7 (13th in Western Conference)
Columbus Record Last Season: 29-46-7 (15th in Western Conference)
Calgary Record This Season: 13-15-4 (14th in Western Conference)
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