After suffering a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets are looking for a different result tonight in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t an awful showing for the CBJ, but in the end they weren’t able to get enough pucks past Marc Andre Fleury to keep up.
As was the issue for the Blue Jackets in the last several games of the regular season, the inability to turn scoring chances into goals was costly in Game 1 on Wednesday night. It wasn’t the quantity of scoring chances that was the problem, but the quality of those opportunities that led to the poor result for the CBJ.
There should be no surprises in net tonight after Pens goaltender Matt Murray injured himself in pregame warmups prior to Game 1. It remains to be seen if Marc Andre Fleury’s performance can be repeated or not as the adrenaline level was undoubtedly high for him on Wednesday night. With a little time to mentally process the situation, perhaps the Blue Jackets can capitalize early on if they continue to get pucks on net.
The lineup figures to be largely the same for the visiting Jackets, who will need to play with more discipline if Game 2 is going to go their way. The CBJ allowed three power play chances to the Penguins on Wednesday night, who lit the lamp on one of those opportunities. With the offense struggling to produce, the bottom line is you can’t give the opposition extra chances, so staying out of the box will be key tonight for the Jackets.
The Blue Jackets will look to avoid dropping the first two games of the series on Friday night in Pittsburgh. With the teams heading to Columbus later this weekend, the CBJ would shift the entire direction of the series if they can steal a game on the road tonight.