Just 12 days ago the Columbus Blue Jackets were going for their 17th consecutive victory.
Now they’re looking to get back into prime form after losing four of their last six games.
Head Coach John Tortorella let us know in his press conference today that he told everybody on the team to assess themselves individually.
However, he made it very clear that the top line of Alexander Wennberg, Brandon Saad and Nick Foligno needs to play better on a consistent basis.
He summed everything when he said:
We have to be better.
Keep a close eye on the performance of the top line for the Blue Jackets tonight as they host the Carolina Hurricanes, who’ve won their last four games coming into tonight.
The Hurricanes haven’t had any offensive woes lately, scoring a combined 20 regulation goals during their current four-game winning streak.
Columbus went 1-2-0 during their three-game road trip last week. All of those games were without their top goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky is expected to get the start this evening. The Blue Jackets haven’t lost a game at home with their starting goaltender in net since Wednesday, November 23rd. That was nearly eight weeks ago.
Carolina is right in the thick of things, battling for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile the Blue Jackets are trying to move back into first place in the Metropolitan Division once again, and can do just that with a victory tonight.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have three consecutive home games starting tonight and it appears they’ll have Bobrovsky in net as well. We’ll see if they can get things back on track after a mini rough stretch following their historic winning streak.