The Columbus Blue Jackets’ season has gotten off to a solid 22-13-3 start with one game remaining in 2018. Tonight they will play host to the Ottawa Senators, who enter Nationwide Arena with a record of 15-20-4.
Despite the Jackets being nine games above .500 and second place in the Metropolitan Division, there has been one major weakness that has left the fanbase rather uneasy throughout the season.
The power play.
Columbus ranks 30th in the National Hockey League, converting on a mere 13.4% of their man advantages. To add further perspective, five teams in the league have scored at least 33 power-play goals, more than doubling the 16 goals for the Jackets with an extra skater on the ice.
Ottawa may be the perfect opponent for the CBJ to face as the year comes to an end. The Senators enter this evening losers of four straight and have a penalty kill that ranks 28th, allowing a goal just over 25% of the time.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Nick Foligno’s family. Foligno will be away from the team for his daughter’s surgery.
Columbus will look to get back on track after their five-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Maybe, just maybe, the Jackets will give their crowd something to celebrate hours before the ball drops at midnight.