The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming off a 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. The game could serve as a catalyst to turn things around for the previously offensive-ridden club.
The six goals in the game were also in fact scored by six different players (Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert).
After losing five straight, the victory over the weekend sets the Jackets up for consecutive victories (with a win tonight) for the first time in over a month.
Usually I’ll focus on stats and/or quotes from players and the coach before a game, but this time I’m gonna make an exception and say something I feel strongly about:
The CBJ have several individuals on the offensive side of the puck who, to be blunt, have simply underperformed. Saturday’s game (in my mind) reminded the squad of just how good they can be and tonight is an opportunity to reaffirm that belief.
The New York Islanders rank dead last in goals-against average and are 30th in the National Hockey League in penalty-kill percentage.
The Columbus Blue Jackets finally performed at the high level their fans were waiting for, we’ll see if they can continue to do so tonight at the Barclays Center.