The Columbus Blue Jackets will have a chance to erase the bitter taste of defeat in their home building just a couple days after a “tough loss” to the New York Rangers by a final score of 3-2.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are right in the thick of things when it comes to the playoff race, currently sitting at fourth in the Atlantic Division with 63 points.
Although the Leafs have only been 3-4-2 in their last nine games, they’re coming off an impressive 7-1 victory over the New York Islanders last night.
Auston Matthews has immediately made an impact in the National Hockey League. The 19-year old center has already scored 27 goals and recorded 19 assists (including a two-goal performance in the past 24 hours).
Columbus will have the advantage of fresh legs at Nationwide Arena this evening as they’ll look to get back in the winning column before the Pittsburgh Penguins come into town on Friday.
Joonas Korpisalo will get the start in net tonight for the CBJ. On the other end it looks like the home crowd will see a familiar face as former Blue Jacket Curtis McElhinney is expected to be the starting goaltender.
It’s the Toronto Maple Leafs who now have the top-ranked power-play unit in the NHL. The Blue Jackets have dropped to third, in large part due to not scoring on the man advantage in nine consecutive games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have the table set nicely, with home ice and an opponent playing on back-t0-back nights. We’ll see if they can take advantage.