I respect what the staff is doing today, in solidarity with the other sites across the SB Nation platform, and in no way want to step on their toes. I just figured if people were still going to be commenting and discussing the game, we could organize it in one post. As it is Festivus, feel free to air your grievances (hockey gods/injuries!) below as well.
Monday, December 23, 2019 - 7:00 EST
NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Columbus Blue Jackets (16-14-6, 38 points, 7th Metro, 13th East)
New York Islanders (23-8-3, 49 points, 2nd Metro, 3rd East)
The Blue Jackets are coming off their fourth consecutive victory on Saturday, and a season-high seventh straight game in which they received at least a point, and another one in which a starter exited with an injury. This time, Oliver Bjorkstrand exited with a rib/oblique injury and is out four to six weeks, meaning Columbus has none of their right wings from Opening Night on the Active Roster at the moment. They did get some good news on the injury front as both Sonny Milano and David Savard traveled to New York. John Tortorella said Milano remains out tonight, but that David Savard will draw in for Gabriel Carlsson, who was up on emergency recall. Nathan Gerbe will play his first NHL game of the season tonight. Joonas Korpisalo will make his eighth straight start in net.
Seriously, though, this injury report is giving off very "14-'15 vibes" right now. The list: Josh Anderson (expected to be out 4-6 weeks as of Dec. 14th), Cam Atkinson (out indefinitely...which is ominous), Emil Bemstrom (expected to be out 6-8 weeks as of Dec. 7th), Oliver Bjorkstrand (expected to be out 4-6 weeks as of Dec. 22nd), Brandon Dubinsky (out indefinitely), Sonny Milano is day-to-day, Ryan Murray is week-to-week (still?), Markus Nutivaara (technically "day to day" dating back to Nov. 7th), and Andrew Peeke (expected to be out 4-6 weeks as of Dec. 17th). Man Games Lost: 130 and counting. Hopefully these guys are on the Zach Werenski recovery plan.
Either way, the Jackets have found ways to win in four straight and they'll look to take their points-streak to eight games heading into the holiday break. They face a stout Islanders team that is one of the best in the league, coming off a rare loss on Saturday.
Player to Watch
With so many players out from Opening Night, it's an incredibly young and green lineup. Look for the team to rely on the veteran experience of Gustav Nyquist, who has put up seven points in the last five games. He should feature prominently again - the question could be can some of the younger guys finish if he gives them an incredible feed?
10/19/19 - CBJ 2, NYI 3 (OTL)
11/30/19 - NYI 2, CBJ 0
12/23/19 - CBJ @ NYI
3/30/20 - NYI @ CBJ
Projected Lineups (not confirmed)
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders
Andrew Ladd is supposed to be making his season debut, but I see no projected lines for the Islanders anywhere.