The Columbus Blue Jackets tonight welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Nationwide Arena in what is the first matchup between the two teams this season. Somehow.
The Blue Jackets have a chance to make some noise in the standings tonight. With the Washington Capitals’ loss last night, the hometown Jackets have a chance to draw within 3 points of the league leaders. John Tortorella has been adamant that the team is going to chase the President’s Trophy, and tonight would be a big step in the right direction.
Sergei Bobrovsky also has a chance to make some history tonight. He has an opportunity to post 4 consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history. If he does not give up a goal in the first 5 minutes, he will own the longest shutout streak in the NHL this season (a mark currently held by Devan Dubnyk). Ryan Murray did miss practice yesterday, and Torts offered no update on his status. It is currently unknown if he will play tonight.
On the other side, Buffalo enters on a slide. The Sabres are 1-5-2 in their last 8 games, and have struggled to keep the puck out of their own net. Jack Eichel, the former second overall pick, has been a bright spot of late though. He comes to Columbus currently riding an 11 game point streak.
So, here we are. This is a team Columbus should, on paper, beat. The Buffalo blue line is bad, and their goaltending has been a struggle. If the Jackets come out aggressive, they should win tonight. With a win tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets would tie franchise records for wins a single season (with 43) and for home wins in a season (with 25). Now, just go do the thing.
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Nick Foligno||Alexander Wennberg||Brandon Saad|
|Boone Jenner||Brandon Dubinsky||Cam Atkinson|
|Scott Hartnell||Sam Gagner||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Lauri Korpikoski||William Karlsson||Josh Anderson|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Jack Johnson||David Savard|
|Markus Nutivaara||Kyle Quincey|
|Evander Kane||Ryan O'Reilly
|Matt Moulson||Jack Eichel||Sam Reinhart|
|Marcus Foligno||Zemgus Girgensons||Brian Gionta|
|Nicolas Deslauriers||Evan Rodrigues||Tyler Ennis|
|Jake McCabe||Rasmus Ristolainen|
|Justin Falk||Zach Bogosian|
|Josh Gorges||Cody Fransen|