The Columbus Blue Jackets (27-20-4) will be on the road this evening in the second game of a back-to-back with a matchup against the New York Islanders (25-22-5).
The Columbus Blue Jackets left the rink last night with plenty of boos reigning down from the home crowd following a 3-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Tonight, things won’t get any easier, with the CBJ having to travel east to face the New York Islanders.
The Islanders are only trailing the Jackets by three points in the Metropolitan Division and are 13-8-3 to date at home this season.
Last night it was penalties that hurt the CBJ, who gave up a goal of the power-play and 5-on-3 variety to the Sharks, who took advantage of the currently 27th ranked penalty kill of the Jackets.
Head Coach John Tortorella has mixed lines up for Columbus, hoping to find a spark for an offense that has the worst power play in all of hockey and has only scored more than two goals in regulation once in their last 12 contests.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are in desperate need of some sort of offensive boost or a signature victory to get things going for the squad. Nothing will be handed to them, but playing a divisional opponent may just be the wake-up call they need. We’ll see…