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CBJ G67 @ Los Angeles Kings -- Gavrisalo

March 16, 2023, 2:28 PM ET [1 Comments]
Zak MacMillan
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The Columbus Blue Jackets continue with their Western Conference road trip with a clash Insider arena with the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30pm on Bally Sports Ohio.

This is the first time they are battling with the team since the trade deadline move that saw Vladislav Gavrikov and Joonas Korpisalo join them at the trade deadline for Jonathan Quick and their potential first and third round picks.

Gavrikov, 26, has already been reported to wish to test free agency per multiple sources around the league. A bit of surprise to me on this one since they're closing in on a western conference contender. Maybe Boston is where he still wants to go from before the deadline. Else, my guess is insert Russian superstars. Korpisalo is anyone's guess.

The Kings also made a few minor tweaks at the deadline, moving out forwards Brendan Lemieux, Austin Wagner, and defenseman Frederic Allard; and a future third and fifth round pick to acquire forwards Zach MacEwen from Philadelphia and Nate Schnarr from Montreal; and goalie prospect Erik Portillo from Buffalo.

Columbus and Los Angeles last played in overtime with a 6-5 overtime thriller. The Kings kept chasing the game from behind to even it at 3 and 5 before the final decision. With the added depth, unsure the same result happens.

I am fully expecting Korpisalo to start against his former team against Hutchinson.

Projected Lineups

Los Angeles Kings

Quinton Byfield--Anze Kopitar--Adrian Kempe
Trevor Moore--Phillip Danault--Viktor Arvidsson
Alex Iafallo--Blake Lizotte--Gabriel Vilardi
Arthur Kayliev--Rasmus Kapuri--Zach MacEwen

Michael Anderson--Drew Doughty
Vladislav Gavrikov--Matt Roy
Sean Walker--Jordan Spence

Joonas Korpisalo
Phoenix Copley

Scratched -
Injured - Kevin Fiala, Sean Durzi

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau--Boone Jenner--Kirill Marchenko
Kent Johnson--Jack Roslovic--Patrik Laine
Liam Foudy--Lane Pederson--Emil Bemstrom
Eric Robinson--Cole Sillinger--Mathieu Olivier

Tim Breni--Erik Gubdranson
Gavin Bayreuther--Adam Boqvist
Nick Blankenburg--Andrew Peeke

Michael Hutchinson
Daniil Tarasov

Scratched --
Injured -- Zach Werenski, Jake Bean, Sean Kuraly, Justin Danforth

Players to Watch

Los Angeles- Vladislav Gavrikov -- first game against former team

Columbus - Johnny Gaudreau -- 7 points in last 2 games

Predicted Final Score

LA - 5

CBJ - 1
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