The Columbus Blue Jackets (33-28-5) are coming off an impressive 4-2 road victory over the San Jose Sharks. Unfortunately, they’ll be without their star goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky (who was a stud on Sunday) tonight as they host the Vegas Golden Knights (42-18-5). The puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Columbus finally returns to Nationwide Arena this evening after three consecutive games on the west coast. As a matter of fact, the Blue Jackets’ next four games (including tonight) will be played on home ice.
Joonas Korpisalo will be in net for the CBJ. He’ll be looking to up his game after a not-so great performance in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last Thursday.
Although Bob won’t be in net, the Jackets do have one statistic that stands out since the trade deadline occurred eight days ago at 3:00 PM ET. In the four games since, Columbus has outscored opponents by a total of 9-2 in the first period. A hot start for the home team could give a little added confidence to Korpisalo and get the crowd amped up as well.
On the other side of the rink, the Vegas Golden Knights enter tonight’s game coming off a 3-2 road victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. The Knights have took the league by storm as an expansion club and currently lead the Pacific Division with 89 points.
It goes without saying, but former Columbus Blue Jacket William Karlsson is having a career year. He’s got 35 goals and 24 assists so far this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury will likely be in net for Vegas. Fleury and the CBJ are rather familiar with one another—Fleury was the goaltender for the Penguins when they faced Columbus in the postseason last year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will take every point they can get as they try to hold onto the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. A win tonight for the CBJ won’t be easy, but the home crowd will do whatever they can to give the team an edge at Nationwide tonight.