The Columbus Blue Jackets (23-13-3) will head east to start the new year as they face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (17-17-5) on Friday night. The puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:30 PM ET.
The CBJ heated up after a frigid 1-4-0 start to December through five games, ending the year with an impressive 7-1-1 record in their last eight contests.
Both the Jackets and Canes are bottom-six teams in the league when it comes to power-play efficiency, but after that they’re quite different.
Columbus ranks ninth in the league, averaging 3.31 goals per game, opposed to the Canes, whose defense has been their strength-allowing 2.82 GPG, good enough to crack the top ten.
The Jackets are an impressive 12-5-1 away from home this season, and whether or not Bob is in net will likely decide whether Columbus will be the road favorite or underdog in Vegas.
The top of the Metropolitan Division is clustered, with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders all within three points of one another.
Points are extra important for Columbus at the moment.
With 2018 in the rear-view mirror, Columbus will look to get 2019 started on a high note, seeking two points against the Carolina Hurricanes.