The round-of-16 matchups in the 2020 NHL playoffs are coming into focus. Avalanche vs. Stars Vegas Golden Knights – 93.7 percent (Note that I used “postseason” rather than “playoffs.” Columbus must win a five-game Qualification Round against the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to participating in the actual 2020 Playoffs.). Panarin had been with the Blue Jackets for two years, while Duchene and Dzingel were added in the days just before the trade deadline.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_9',662,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_10',662,'0','1'])); A couple of other players picked up by the Blue Jackets at the 2019 trade deadline were allowed to walk as free agents. Even with that, they have done an admirable job hanging in the race. New Jersey Devils** — 3.5 percent Florida Panthers — 2 percent They need wins, and they need them now. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Four of the Blue Jackets’ top 16 scorers were defensemen. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Capitals vs. Islanders Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. New Jersey Devils — 6.5 percent After hiring coach Sheldon Keefe, the Maple Leafs played an up-tempo, high-scoring style. The Columbus Blue Jackets had an impressive playoff showing in 2020, despite technically bowing out in the first round. Columbus Blue Jackets. eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'thehockeywriters_com-box-3','ezslot_7',652,'0','0'])); Montreal Canadiens — 1.2percent or redistributed. He won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2017 and the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2003-04. With that loss they have just two wins in their past 14 games over the past month, and are barely clinging to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Fox News Flash top headlines are here. As far as the goalie issue is concerned, you could say that it’s not a concern. Even though the Blue Jackets enter Sunday occupying a playoff spot, their current points pace and the number of games they have remaining (only 13; every team in competition with them has at least 15 games remaining) leaves their current playoff probability under 30 percent. But Lightning head coach Jon Cooper isn’t going to underestimate his opponent going into the first round. The Blue Jackets have proven to be a “blue-collar” team over the past two seasons. Only five of their remaining games are at home, and each of their next six games overall are against Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Boston, Washington, and Toronto. ET With the performance of Merzlikins and Korpisalo, Columbus looks solid in goal. Predators They peppered Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen with 47 shots on goal, but were unable to beat him until late in the third period when the result was all but decided. Legal Statement. Golden Knights vs. Flames, Penguins vs. Hurricanes, 1:30 p.m. Ottawa Senators — 11.5 percent Ducks, 9 p.m. Only one defenseman (Savard) was in the team’s top six in penalty minutes. Panarin contributed 28 of the 2018-19 goals, slightly more than 10%. New York Rangers — 23.9 percent It certainly was not for a lack of effort or chances. Updated daily with news and features from over 130 writers worldwide. Five defensemen played close to or over 19 minutes per game, led by Jones (24:16) and Werenski (23:59). Korpisalo also shut out Toronto in Game 1, but was yanked for Merzlikins after allowing three goals on 15 shots in Game 3. Washington Capitals — 100 percent )eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_1',668,'0','0'])); In the 2018-19 regular season, Columbus scored 258 goals. But is it worse to have no NHL playoff experience or to have lost six of seven playoff series, as has Maple Leafs starter Frederik Andersen? Eleven played 3/4 of the games. “They have blue-chip talent.”, “What happened last year, happened last year. New York Rangers 1.5 percent The non-playoff years include 2013-14, when he coached a weak Vancouver Canucks team, and the following season when he took over the Blue Jackets after an 0-7 start. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Wild vs. Avalanche vs. The Leafs forced a Game 5 but Columbus was able to seamlessly solidify their spot in the playoffs with a 3-0 win. But that’s not going to be enough. The injury situation has been a never-ending run of madness and robbed them of some of their best players for significant stretches. But with the series at 2-1, they blew a three-goal lead in the final four minutes of what would be a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 4. Blues vs. Blackhawks, 7:30 p.m. One goal evened the score after the Blue Jackets were down 3-0 in an eventual 4-3 victory. Each also had empty-net goals in closing minutes of the final game against the Lightning, goals that were pretty much meaningless (unless you were at Nationwide Arena or watching on TV, of course). Sharks – Out The other goal padded the score of a game that was already a blowout. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). Eight of the team’s 31 power-play goals were scored by the D. Twenty of 58 power-play assists were credited to defensemen. Here’s a look at the Blue Jackets’ basic stats for the 2019 Playoffs (minimum four games played): No matter how you look at those numbers, the loss of Panarin and Duchene seems devastating. Panarin led the team in playoff scoring with 11 points in 10 games, Duchene finished second with 10 points, and Dzingel produced only a single point in nine games. Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers — 93 points ET Keep in mind that Merzlikins has 50 playoff games experience in the Swiss A league and has played in international tournaments for his native Latvia. “It’s a group that we don’t do it easy, the easy way," head coach John Tortorella said. Philadelphia Flyers — 100 percent They've been in the playoffs a total of 6 times in their 19 seasons. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. About logos. Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. SRS: -0.12 (24th of 31) Goals: 180 (28th of 31) Goals Against: 187 (3rd of 31) via Sports Logos.net. ET Flyers vs. Penguins Anaheim Ducks — 8.5 percent Ottawa Senators — Out They dispatched an offensively loaded Toronto Maple Leafs … Josh Anderson scored a shorthanded goal in Game 1 to tie the score in the middle of the third period. Toronto Maple Leafs — 75.3 percent HOCKEY MAKES PROGRESS IN MIDST OF AWAKENING ABOUT RACISM. Some Blue Jackets players didn’t meet expectations in 2019-20 (Atkinson: 12 goals down from 41, Anderson: 1 goal in 26 games vs. 27 in 82); some players exceeded expectations, including Werenski’s league-leading 20 goals by a defenseman. All rights reserved. The past month — and this entire season — has been a tale of bad luck in Columbus. Korpisalo or Merzlikins: Which Blue Jackets Goalie Starts? The official 2020 NHL playoff matchup page of the Tampa Bay Lightning vs the Columbus Blue Jackets including news, stats, and video. Colorado Avalanche – 99.9 percent Los Angeles Kings — 13.5 percent Related: Blue Jackets Top Prospect Foudy Ready for Prime Time. Statistically, he finished the year far behind the Blue Jackets’ goalies, Elvis Merzklikins and Joonas Korpisalo. Winnipeg Jets — 2.5 percent Defenseman Adam McQuaid played in 14 regular season games and no playoff games for Columbus. Tortorella ruled out goalie Elvis Merzlikins from Game 1. Mika Zibanejad, New York Rangers — 39 goals. Overall, their process has not been terrible despite the lack of results. Ducks – Out Sharks, 10 p.m. The other major free agent who left Columbus last summer, two-time Vezina winning goaltender Bobrovsky, signed a massive seven-year $70 million contract with the Florida Panthers. Winnipeg Jets – 40.4 percent Defensively, the 2018-19 Blue Jackets allowed 232 goals during the regular season. Pittsburgh Penguins — 97 percent Dallas Stars – 97.9 percent Maple Leafs, Blues vs. Remember that young Elvis recorded five shutouts over the course of eight games. Minnesota Wild — 40.2 percent Edmonton Oilers: 96.9 percent Six of their 12 losses during this most stretch have come in overtime or a shootout (1-6 in games beyond regulation during that stretch). GP GM G A Pts +/-PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GWG S Hits Blks SPCT P/G; 9: 1: 1: 0: 1: 0: 2: 0: 0: 0: 0: 0: 6: 9: 10: 16.7: 0.11: News; Injuries; Suspensions; Upcoming Games; Game Log; Corrections; Log; Date News Advice ; Aug. 19, 2020: Ryan Murray had 12:33 of ice time in the Blue Jackets' 5-4 loss to the Lightning on Wednesday. Five of the 13 best plus/minus ratings were defensemen. One-third of the team’s shorthanded points were by defensemen. In 23 games, Duchene chipped in only four regular-season goals (as did Dzingel in 21 games). ET Minnesota Wild — 3 percent Assuming it takes at least 96 points to secure a playoff spot in the East, Columbus would need to go at least 8-4-1 in its remaining games to reach it. On the other hand, 10 of their combined 21 points came in the Game 2’s of each series. It all has to start tonight in Vancouver against the Canucks. Seth Jones has become a regular in the James Norris Trophy discussion. Leaving Columbus as free agents were forwards Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, and Ryan Dzingel, as well as star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and a couple of others. Kings – Out, Detroit Red Wings — 18.5 percent I’m proud of them.”, PUNCHER’S CHANCE: FIGHTING IS UP DURING UNIQUE NHL PLAYOFFS.

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