Scouting Report: Columbus Blue Jackets
CALGARY, AB -- The move to the Eastern Conference has not been a friendly one for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who finished just outside of the playoff picture in the West a year ago.
Columbus is just 7-11-3 on the season, placing them last in the Metropolitan Division. Their 17 points also puts them 14th in the East. The good news for the Blue Jackets, though, is that the East hasn’t been particularly strong this season and Columbus hasn’t fallen too far back.
They’ll try to start pushing their way back into the playoff picture when they take on the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-0-0
Wisniewski leads all Blue Jackets in in both assists (14) and points (16) this season and enters the game against Calgary with three helpers in his previous five games. He’s also averaging just over 21 minutes of ice time a game, third among Columbus skaters.
Though he’s second in team scoring, Dubinsky has failed to record a point in each of his club’s previous four outings after notching seven in a four-game scoring streak in early November. In all, Dubinsky is second on the team in both goals (5) and points (15).
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Johansen, teammate of Flames’ forward Sven Baertschi from their Portland Winterhawks days, is starting to blossom into a key player for Columbus. He’s already eclipsed his goal and point totals from a season ago despite playing in half as many games with 13 points and a team-leading six goals.
Johnson leads the Blue Jackets in a plethora of categories this season, including ice time (23:11) and blocks (36). Unfortunately, he’s well of his point production pace from a year ago with just two goals and five points through Columbus’ first 21 games.
Selected second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, Murray is navigating his rookie season with the Blue Jackets. The former Everett Silvertips standout has two goals and four points while averaging 18:54 of ice while playing in all 21 games for Columbus.