Game 29 preview – Blue Jackets visit Buffalo to start two series of games with Sabers

Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabers
Monday, December 20, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
Key Bank Arena, Buffalo, New York
TV: Bally Sports Ohio – Radio: 97.1 The Fan
Opponent’s Blog: Die by the Blade

Columbus Blue Jackets (14-13-1, 29 points, 5th metro, 10th East)
Buffalo Sabers (10-15-5, 25 points, 6th Atlantic, 13th East)

The blue jackets ” five The four-game road trip ends tonight in upstate New York, with a clash against the Buffalo Sabers, who are having a decent season by their standards. The Sabers are 3-6-3 since they last hosted Columbus on Nov. 22, with a four-game scoring streak preceded by a five-game scoring drought. Tage Thompson leads the team with 10 goals, having already broken his personal best in one season.

On the Blue Jackets’ side, centers Boone Jenner and Jack Roslovic and defender Gabriel Carlsson have been added to the Covid roster and will miss tonight’s game. Expect Emil Bemstrom and Jake Christiansen to make their season debuts tonight, as well as Gregory Hofmann to return to the lineup.

Player to watch: Cole Sillinger

Sillinger has been disappointing lately, scoring just three points last month. However, with no other option, do you expect him to return to the top with Voracek and … Nyquist? The lines are probably going to be a dice game, and Patrik Laine could come back as well. Either way, Sillinger was a major factor in the team’s hot start, and his cool down coincided with the team’s drop in production. This first NHL-level test will show where Sillinger stands from a development perspective.

Season series:

11/22/21 – Columbus 7 to Buffalo 4
12/20/21 – Columbus in Buffalo
12/23/21 – Buffalo to Columbus


Buffalo Columbus
2.67 (23) GPG 3.18 (10)
3.43 (28) GAPG 3.36 (25)
18.4% (18) PP% 18.6% (17)
80.0% (15) PACKAGE% 78.7% (22)
48.3% (23) % 5v5 shot attempt 48.5% (21)
47.8% (22) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt% 47.3% (25)
7.9% (14) 5v5 shooting% 8.9% (6)
.915 (24) 5v5% savings .913 (26)
Tage Thompson, 10 Chief G Captain Boone Jenner, 11
Kyle Okposo, 14 A chef Jakub Voracek, 21
Kyle Okposo, 20 Chief P Oliver BJORKSTRAND, 23 years old
Rasmus Dahlin, 24 PIM Manager A. Peeke & C. Sillinger, 19 years old
6-8-2 Home / Route 5-10-0
2-5-3 Last 10 2-7-1

Planned compositions:

Columbus Blue Jackets (full estimate):

Gustav nyquist Cole sillinger Jakub voracek
Yegor Chinakhov Max “Crazy” Domi Olivier BJORKSTRAND
Eric robinson Sean kuraly Alexandre texier
Gregory Hofmann Justin danforth Emil Bemstrom
Zach Werenski jake bean
Vladislav Gavrikov Andre Peeke
Jake christiansen Gavin Bayreuther
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis merzlikins

Buffalo sabers:

Jeff skinner Tagus thompson Victor Olofsson
Brett Murray Dylan cozens Kyle okposo
Rasmus Asplund Cody Eakin Vinne Hinostroza
Zemgus Girgenson Marc Jankowski John hayden
Rasmus dahlin Henri jokiharju
Jacob Bryson Colin Miller
Casey fitzgerald Marc Pysyk
Malcolm subban
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen