Here are eight things you should know before the game starts:
- With a win tonight, the Blue Jackets would go 23 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history.
- Brandon Saad hasn’t been making as much of an impact for Columbus lately. In his last ten appearances he’s had one goal, zero assists and a plus-minus rating of minus- 8.
- Center John Tavares has been hot lately for the Islanders. In his last six games he’s scored eight goals, including a short-handed goal, game-winning goal, and a hat trick.
- Scott Hartnell has played well for the CBJ ever since their 5-0 loss that ended a 16-game winning streak for the club. He’s been efficient, scoring on four of his 12 shots on goal (one of which was a game winner) along with three assists and an average time on ice of 11:49 over the past nine games.
- The Islanders are coming off an impressive week, going 3-0-1 and gaining seven out of a possible eight points.
- The Jackets are coming off a 7-6 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators, marking the highest-scoring effort for the offense away from Nationwide Arena this season.
- Thomas Greisss is expected to get the start in net for New York this evening. In his last three games he’s saved 97.1 percent of the shots he’s faced and has added two shutouts to his resume.
- Sergei Bobrovsky will likely be the starting goaltender for Columbus. Since the 5-0 loss to the Capitals, Bobrovsky has a record of 3-1-0 and has saved 110 of 116 shots on goal.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look win their second-straight game on the road and third game in a row overall this evening. After tonight they’ll only have one more game to play before the All-Star break.