NHL Hockey

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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT, March 21, 2019
Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta  Attendance: 18,347

Blue Jackets seeking better luck when they face Oilers

Columbus Blue Jackets at Edmonton Oilers

  1. Columbus fell in Calgary, 4-2, on Tuesday and has lost four straight road games after winning six of the previous seven. The Blue Jackets have gone just 12-12-1 (.500) since the All-Star Break after going 28-17-3 (.615) leading into the break, the fifth-largest drop-off in the NHL.
  2. Edmonton lost, 7-2, in St. Louis on Tuesday after falling, 6-3, in Vegas on Sunday. It was the Oilers' first time allowing six-plus goals in back-to-back games since February 10 & 12, 2018; they have not done so in three straight since December 1-5, 1995.
  3. The Blue Jackets have won four of the last six meetings with the Oilers as well as three of their last four trips to Edmonton. However, the Oilers took the first meeting this season, 4-0, in Columbus on March 2.
  4. Sergei Bobrovsky will be playing in his 451st career game and enters the night sitting at 249 career wins. Should he earn the victory tonight, he would become the third-fastest goalie in the last 30 seasons to reach 250 career wins, behind Braden Holtby (409 games) and Chris Osgood (450 games).
  5. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has scored in back-to-back games for the second time this month and sixth time this season, tied for second most on the team. He has 24 goals this season, matching his career high.
  6. The Blue Jackets have killed 91.3 percent of their penalties since January 1, the highest mark in the NHL. The Oilers have killed just 73.6 percent of their penalties in that span, second worst in the NHL (Chicago, 71.6); their 28 power-play goals allowed in that span are the most in the NHL.

At this point in the season, teams sometimes need just a little puck luck.

The Columbus Blue Jackets certainly could have used some in their last game in Calgary.

The Blue Jackets hit the post four times in the first two periods of a 4-2 loss Tuesday that snapped a three-game point streak. They hope to get some better bounces when they continue their trip Thursday night in Edmonton.

"We're not getting the results, which is frustrating, but the process is there," Blue Jackets forward Matt Duchene told NHL.com. "The second you deviate from the process is when you start to fail and deserve to fail. We'll keep going and we'll stay with it and take it one day at a time.

"We're playing good hockey, just not getting the offense that we needed. We're finding ways to not score, I guess."

Columbus, which lost in Calgary for the first time since 2011, fell behind 2-1 when it allowed a goal with 7.2 seconds remaining in the first period. The Flames scored what proved to be the winner just 35 seconds into the second.

"You can't get frustrated. We played a good game," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It's hard to overcome, I think, when you give up a goal late in the period and get scored on early in a period. But we did a lot of good things."

The Blue Jackets (84 points), who hold a one-point lead on Montreal for the Eastern Conference's second and final wild-card playoff berth, played their second straight game without captain Nick Foligno, who is back in Columbus dealing with a personal matter. His absence is reportedly not related to the heart issues faced by his 5-year-old daughter Milana, which caused him to miss five games earlier this season.

Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara also missed Tuesday's game because of an illness.

The Oilers will open a five-game homestand. They went 1-2-0 on their just completed trip, including a 7-2 loss Tuesday in St. Louis.

"Not to take anything away from St. Louis, they were outstanding, but we're running on fumes, need to get home and see if we can get some rest," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We're banged up and there's not much left of us. We just need to regroup and get ready for the homestand. It's a tough loss."

By the midpoint of Tuesday's game, the Oilers trailed 4-0 and had been outshot 24-6. Goaltender Mikko Koskinen was pulled 5:42 into the second period after allowing the third St. Louis goal.

Koskinen was in the net for the entirety of a 6-3 loss Sunday at Las Vegas.

"He's the guy we've hung our hat on and he's had really good outings and a couple of tough ones and every time he's had a tough one, he's rebounded. This is another chance for him to grow and us to grow with him," Hitchcock said of Koskinen. "So many goals were going in I just wanted to stop the bleeding."

Edmonton forward Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet by the Blues, snapping his 12-game points streak and eight straight with at least two points.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 20, 2019

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