Following a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets (38-28-3) were shut out in a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night. Now, they’ll come back home to face the Boston Bruins (42-18-9) with a puck drop scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.
Almost isn’t good enough. The CBJ hit a combined three posts on Monday night, in a game when “woulda coulda shoulda” (the players and coach didn’t use those words, despite the quotation marks) got them zero points.
The Jackets are anything but a lock to make the playoffs, and facing the Bruins on the back end of a back-to-back stretch of games will be quite a challenge. Boston had registered at least a point in 19 consecutive games prior to a 4-2 loss to the Penguins on Sunday night.
What do the Jackets have going for them? They did play well, despite the final 2-0 outcome last night. However, what their true edge that very well may get them over the hump in Tuesday’s affair is desperation. Columbus seemed desperate for a win on Saturday and they should come out with the same type of energy at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday against a playoff-caliber squad.
The CBJ have been playing solid hockey, but the real question is this. Will they be able to find the back of the net enough against Boston?
Only time will tell...