Columbus looks for a win in Anaheim
The Columbus Blue Jackets, in an effort to snap their five game losing streak, will play in Anaheim, against the Ducks. This will be the first time since January 7-8th that the Blue Jackets play back-to-back nights. Then, Columbus beat both Edmonton and Calgary on the road. The last time the Blue Jackets won was on February 10th, when they blanked the San Jose Sharks, to climb back to two games under .500.
Anaheim is six points out of a final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Ducks have won 30 of their 65 games on the season. When playing at home, they have a 19-9-3 record. They come into action, losers of three straight games, including a 4-3 home loss Sunday to Montreal. Anaheim is led in goals by Bobby Ryan, with 28, but Ryan Getzlaf leads all scorers with 17 goals and 46 assists. The Ducks top goaltender Jonas Hiller has compiled a 26-19-3 record, with a 2.76 GAA.
Columbus needs to find a way to snap the losing streak, to climb their way up the standings. Columbus, in no danger of falling below Edmonton, is just 6 points behind Minnesota, and 13th behind 8th seeded Detroit. The Blue Jackets are 10-20-4 on the road this season, and have been out scored 215 – 170, which is the third worst goal differential in all of the NHL.
The Ducks and Blue Jackets will play for the fourth and final time this season. Columbus won the first two of the season series, with Anaheim winning the last one. On December 12th, Anaheim skated away from Nationwide Arena with a 3-1 win. In early October, Columbus won 6-4 on the road, and then in mid-November, followed it up with a 3-2 shoot-out win, in front of the home fans.