We start the preview with some news. Cam Atkinson, as you may have heard, was named to the NHL All Star Game this morning as an injury replacement for Evgeni Malkin. Cam is most certainly deserving of the honor. He’s having a career season, and currently sits second in the NHL in goals scored this season. Cam will join Seth Jones, Sergei Bobrovsky, and John Tortorella in Los Angeles. Congratulations to Cam and the All Stars!
In the meantime, we have a game to play. The Blue Jackets continue their road trip, taking on the Nashville Predators. The Blue Jackets will remember one of the faces of the Predators, taking on former center Ryan Johansen. Johansen is having a decent season, posting 8-28-36 this year.
The Blue Jackets are probably looking forward to the All Star break for a chance to reset and refocus during the dog days of January and February. After the 16 game winning streak, in which they only allowed 27 goals, the Jackets have gone 5-6, allowing 36 goals in those 11 games. The break will likely benefit the team going forward.
There have been no announcements regarding team news this morning. David Savard and Markus Nutivaara are still out, and Sergei Bobrovsky is the presumed starter in goal tonight.
Go Jackets. Let’s finish this stretch strong.
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Brandon Saad||Alexander Wennberg||Nick Foligno|
|Boone Jenner||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Scott Hartnell||William Karlsson||Josh Anderson|
|Matt Calvert||Lukas Sedlak||Sam Gagner|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Jack Johnson||Ryan Murray|
|Scott Harrington||Dalton Prout|
|Filip Forsberg||Ryan Johansen
|Colin Wilson||Mike Fisher||Craig Smith|
|Calle Jamkrok||Mike Ribiero||James Neal|
|Cody McLeod||Colton Sissons||Austin Watson|
|Mattias Ekholm||PK Subban|
|Matt Irwin||Ryan Ellis|
|Anthony Bitetto||Yannick Weber|