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Columbus heads to Boston looking to keep their mojo flowing.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 7:00 EST
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Columbus is 6-2-2 in their last ten. Did you know that?

Did you further know that Alexander Wennberg is tied for the NHL lead in assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky is tied for the league lead in shutouts?

Talk about a turnaround from the start of last season.

Columbus heads to Boston on the heels of an overtime victory last night (one that was so neatly recapped here). Zach Werenski, noted do everything defenseman, scored the game winner. Also, there’s this:

So, yeah. He’s really good.

Boston, as you’ll remember, smashed Columbus in the home opener 6-3. Brad Marchand had 5 points that night. The top line ate us alive, and now they added Patrice Bergeron to it. Columbus MUST find a way to shut that line down to have a chance tonight.

Tuukka Rask has found his game to open this season, sporting a sterling 1.74 GAA and .941 SV%. Can the Blue Jackets find a way to solve him? They’ll have to if they want to get anything out of tonight’s matchup.

In team news, the Blue Jackets recalled Markus Hannikainen this morning. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that he is simply an insurance recall for the trip.

Go Jackets. Let’s get a win tonight. We’re one point back in the wild card standings, with a game in hand over New Jersey and three in hand over Detroit (tied with Boston and Philadelphia as well, actually, but with games in hand over both). Tonight’s matchup is huge for the standings, and at least one point is critical.

Standings Update

Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-3-2, 14 points, 5th Metro, 9th East
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Boston Bruins, 7-6-0, 14 points, 5th Atlantic, 10th East

Season Series

10/13/16 - Boston 6 @ Columbus 3
11/16/16 - Columbus @ Boston
12/27/16 - Boston @ Columbus

Stats Matchup

Boston Columbus
2.38 (23) GPG 3.18 (5)
2.69 (18) GAPG 2.09 (2)
14.6% (23) PP% 35.5% (1)
83.0% (13) PK% 91.4% (2)
53.9% (3) EV CF% 46.5% (27)
97.7 (25) EV PDO 102.6 (6)
David Pastrnak, 9 G Leader Josh Anderson, 5
Brad Marchand, 10 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 12
Brad Marchand, 15 P Leader Alexander Wennberg, 13
Zdeno Chara, 17 PIM Leader Brandon Dubinsky / Josh Anderson, 15
2-3-0 Road / Home 2-1-2
5-5-0 Last 10 6-22

Probable Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Saad Alexander Wennberg Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Boone Jenner Cam Atkinson
Matt Calvert William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Sonny Milano Lukas Sedlak Sam Gagner
Zach Werenski David Savard
Ryan Murray Jack Johnson
Markus Nutivaara Dalton Prout
Curtis McElhinney
Sergei Bobrovsky

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand Patrice Bergeron David Pastrnak
Ryan Spooner David Krejci David Backes
Matt Beleskey Riley Nash Austin Czarknik
Tim Schaller Dominic Moore Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara Brandon Carlo
Torey Krug Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles Colin Miller
Tuukka Rask
Zane McIntyre