The Columbus Blue Jackets head into the final week of the regular season (and the second to last home game) in a matchup against the Atlantic Division basement dwellers, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings have played Columbus tough this season, with both games being decided by just one goal (one in a shootout), though the Jackets have managed four points from the two games.
With much of the team ill yesterday, practice was sparse.
A raft of #CBJ players missing from practice: Jones, Nutivaara, Murray, Sedlak, Anderson, Foligno, Panarin, Vanek.— Tom Reed (@treed1919) April 2, 2018
However, John Tortorella did not seem concerned about his players’ availability tonight. He did mention that Markus Nutivaara is considered day to day with an upper body injury, and he would not play tonight. Jack Johnson, healthy scratched as of late, will draw back into the lineup in Nutivaara’s spot.He shared no updates on Nick Foligno or Josh Anderson.
As far as playoffs go, a three point swing between Columbus and Florida tonight will clinch a playoff spot for Columbus. Florida won last night, so the Jackets do not control their destiny to clinch tonight but they still do overall. Here are the scenarios that will allow Columbus to clinch their spot in the dance tonight:
FLA wins 3-2. This means #CBJ can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday with:— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) April 3, 2018
1. A win and any FLA loss to NSH
2. A point and FLA reg loss to NSH
Go Jackets. Let’s take care of business tonight.
|Artemi Panarin||Pierre-Luc Dubois||Cam Atkinson|
|Sonny Milano||Mark Letestu||Oliver Bjorkstrand|
|Boone Jenner||Alexander Wennberg||Thomas Vanek|
|Matt Calvert||Brandon Dubinsky||Markus Hannikainen|
|Zach Werenski||Seth Jones|
|Jack Johnson||Ryan Murray|
|Ian Cole||David Savard|
|Anthony Mantha||Dylan Larkin||Darren Helm|
|Tyler Bertuzzi||Henrik Zetterberg||Gustav Nyquist|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Frans Nielsen||Justin Abdelkader|
|Evgeny Svechnikov||Luke Glendening||Martin Frk|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Trevor Daley|
|Niklas Kronwall||Nick Jensen|
|Danny DeKeyser||Joe Hicketts|