Rejuvenated CBJ Host The New York Islanders In A Pivotal Divisional Matchup

The Columbus Blue Jackets (37-16-5) will host the New York Islanders (29-21-10) later this afternoon with the puck drop scheduled for shortly after 5:00 PM ET.

 

The Blue Jackets have been striving to maintain a high level of energy on the ice for 60 minutes.  Tonight’s a golden opportunity to accomplish the feat after five days off following a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on Sunday evening. 

 

Columbus will be playing their seventh-straight game at home after a mediocre record of 3-3-0 through the first six games of the current stretch.

 

The Islanders are coming in hot, winning seven of their last 10 games and looking for their fourth win in a row this evening.

 

New York was below .500 in mid January, but looks like a whole new team since then thanks to the play of center John Tavares, whose 12 goals and 13 assists in the last 21 games have boosted the Isles to fifth place in the Metropolitan Division and into playoff contention.

 

The Blue Jackets may have only went 2-2-0 last week, but seem to be ever-so close to finding their groove again.  Unforced errors were a major contributor to the two one-goal losses the team suffered; something that very well could be avoided in the future, especially after a five-day rest.

 

CBJ defenseman Seth Jones has been performing at a high level, with 14 points (3 goals and 11 assists) in his last 13 games.

 

The same can also be said for center Brandon Dubinsky, who’s scored six goals and recorded nine assists in his previous 17 games played.

 

Will time off help the Columbus Blue Jackets get back to their prime form from earlier this season or hinder their progress to become a consistent hockey club?  We’ll begin to find out the all-important answer tonight with the New York Islanders visiting NWA.  

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