Daryl Evans previews tonight’s game in Columbus with Bob McElligott of Blue Jackets TV in the video below. They cover the game in Boston, recent practices, the power play, Drew Doughty, the absence of Ryan Smyth this season, player reaction to Terry Murray’s firing and more.
The Blue Jackets have announced they’ll go with Curtis Sanford in goal. He’s 0-2 lifetime vs. LA, with a 4.60 goals-against average. This season, he’s 2-2-1 with a 2.57 GAA when playing at home. The Kings will counter with Jonathan Quick.
Following practice this morning, Jackets coach Scott Arniel had this to say about keeping the Kings’ forwards in check – “You can’t let them play their game. You don’t allow Doughty and Johnson to have the puck and be a part of the offense. They have real good forwards that cycle down low; you’ve got to do a good job of taking away their strengths, and that’s one of them. This is a team that we can’t allow them to use the whole ice – when pucks do get to the top, we have to get inside position. They have some real big bodies that like to get on top of the goaltender.”
Game time is 4pm PST.
As usual, we will be running our first goal contest tonight too. If you’d like a chance at winning a free t-shirt from Glass Bangers, simply reply below with the name of the Kings player you think will score the first goal for LA tonight. You can even use your facebook profile to enter.
Interview with Ethan Moreau – former Oilers captain and Blue Jackets assistant captain