Preview: How to Cause an Avalanche
The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Here are all the important details.
Thursday, January 4th – 9pm est
Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponents Blog: Mile High Hockey
Columbus Blue Jackets; 23-15-3, 49 points, 3rd Metropolitan, 5th East
Colorado Avalanche; 20-16-3, 43 points, 7th Central, 11th West
01/04/2018 – CBJ @ AVS
03/08/2018 – AVS @ CBJ
The Columbus Blue Jackets started 2018 off with a bang by beating the Dallas Stars, 2-1, on Tuesday night. They are hoping to use this positive momentum to propel them through tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche.
Spearheaded by Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s first line is rather dangerous. MacKinnon and company know how to create something out of nothing. Shutting down that line will be of great importance.
Semyon Varlamov is nursing a “muscular injury” and will likely not play tonight. Which means Jonathan Bernier will more than likely be the starting netminder for the Avalanche. He has a .898 save percentage and 3.15 gaa. If the Jackets consistently attack the net, they will be able to get a leg up on the Avalanche and skate away with the win.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin - Pierre-Luc Dubois - Nick Foligno
Sonny Milano - Boone Jenner - Josh Anderson
Matt Calvert - Lukas Sedlak - Oliver Bjorkstrand
Tyler Motte - Jordan Schroeder - Markus Hannikainen
Zach Werenski - Seth Jones
Markus Nutivaara - David Savard
Scott Harrington - Jack Johnson
Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
A.J. Greer - Alexander Kerfoot - Nail Yakupov
Colin Wilson - Tyson Jost - Gabriel Bourque
Matthew Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Nikita Zadorov - Erik Johnson
Patrick Nemeth - Mark Barberio
Samuel Girard - Andrei Mironov