Last week was another rough one for the Columbus Blue Jackets (7-10-3), who lost in overtime in three consecutive games. The team has been doing more to play aggressive through regulation time. That being said, coach Todd Richards still stresses that the team needs to do better during critical moments in the second period.
Although the team faced three tough losses, they end last week on a high note when they were able to beat the Ottawa Senators (8-8-4) 4-1 in an exciting away game. The Blue Jackets controlled most of the game and they are looking for that win to produce some momentum for this upcoming week.
The team is set to play three away games this week versus the Edmonton Oilers (5-15-2), the Calgary Flames (6-11-3), and the Vancouver Canucks (11-8-3). The first two games should be easy wins for the Blue Jackets and hopefully if they can come together and win they will be able to play a competitive game against the Canucks.
Tuesday’s game against the Oilers will be the first of two meetings between the two teams, and the advantage should be with the Blue Jackets due to the struggles at home the Oilers have faced all season. Wednesday’s game against the Flames will be the second of two meetings and fans should expect the Blue Jackets to be taking revenge. In the teams’ first matchup, the Flames beat the Blue Jackets in the tough 4-3 loss at home early in the season. Finally, Friday’s game against the Canucks will be the second of two games between the two teams. At their first matchup, the Blue Jackets pulled off an easy 3-1 win at home and we can only hope they will be able to do it again.
Finally, on the injury front, Matt Calvert is expected to finally be back playing with the team for Wednesday’s game at the latest. Calvert has been on the disabled list since the first week of the season and the team is hoping his return will help where they are currently struggling.
If the Blue Jackets can pull off the wins this week, just maybe they will be able to turn their season around.