The Columbus Blue Jackets (17-12-3) will face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (19-14-2) tonight in their second ever matchup at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Although the CBJ have been struggling a bit since the beginning of December, they’ve strung together a few consecutive games in which they’ve played well and appear to be getting some consistency back in their performance. Here are ten stats to get you ready for tonight’s contest:
- After allowing 4.4 goals per game in their first five December contests, the Jackets have only allowed one regulation goal in each of their last two games.
- The Golden Knights defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. Vegas is 2-3 this season in the second game of back-to-backs.
- The CBJ will play the fifth game of their current six game home stand tonight. This season at Nationwide Arena, the Jackets are 8-7-1, compared to their 9-5-1 road record.
- Vegas has struggled away from home this year. They’re 9-11-1 as visitors this season. On home ice, they’re a dominant 10-3-1.
- A year after breaking out with 43 goals, former Jacket William Karlsson leads the Golden Knights with 13 goals this season. This time last year Karlsson had 15, putting the 25-year-old center not too far behind his impressive 2017-18 pace.
- Cam Atkinson remains on track to put up career best numbers in goal scoring (35) this year. He’s found the back of the net 19 times this season, although he hasn’t lit the lamp in five straight games.
- Vegas goaltender Marc Andre Fleury leads the National Hockey League in wins this season with 18.
- The CBJ come into this game ranked 7th in the NHL in shot attempts per game, averaging 32.8 pucks on net. The Golden Knights, on the other hand, limit shots, allowing 27.8 shots per game, which is tied for the lowest average in the league.
- The Golden Knights penalty kill ranks sixth best in the NHL, while the Jackets power play comes in ranked 24th.
- Vegas has scored a power play goal in eight of their last ten games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be looking to put together another solid effort after playing three good games in a row, despite only taking three of the six points during that stretch. With four games upcoming this week, the Jackets are at a critical juncture in the season ahead of the Christmas break.