Q: Why was the Brooklyn hipster better at swimming than skating?
A: He liked the ice before it was cool.
The Blue Jackets are a team which appears to be struggling in every game. Flu has torn through the locker room. 2⁄3 of the regular defensemen are out with injury for an indeterminate amount of time. And yet...those same Jackets have won 3 of the last 4 and are 5-5 since the famous 16 game win streak. It’s not ideal, but treading water is good enough for now. After just 2 more games they’ll get a much-needed respite during the All Star break.
As for the Islanders, the afterthought of Jay-Z’s stately pleasure dome, some moron thought they’d be the #2 team in the Metro this season. Instead they’re sitting in last place in the division and fired coach Jack Capuano. Under new coach Doug Weight, they are 2-0-1. Expect another motivated opponent for Columbus.
At least we have the offensive juggernauts that are Scott Harrington and Dalton Prout. That pairing was on the ice for 3 goals in each of the weekend’s games. What?
No morning skate so I’ll assume no changes to the lineup. Torts won’t speak to the media until later this afternoon.
|Brandon Saad||Alexander Wennberg||Nick Foligno|
|Boone Jenner||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Matt Calvert||William Karlsson||Josh Anderson|
|Scott Hartnell||Lukas Sedlak||Sam Gagner|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Jack Johnson||Ryan Murray|
|Scott Harrington||Dalton Prout|
|Anders Lee||John Tavares||Josh Bailey|
|Brock Nelson||Ryan Strome||Stephen Gionta|
|Anthony Beauvillier||Alan Quine||Jason Chimera|
|Nikolay Kulemin||Casey Cizikas||Cal Clutterbuck|
|Nick Leddy||Adam Pelech|
|Thomas Hickey||Johnny Boychuk|
|Calvin de Haan||Dennis Seidenberg|