Last week was an exciting one for the Columbus Blue Jackets (21-20-4), who managed to pull off three consecutive wins to finally make it over the .500 mark. So what should we expect for the upcoming week? Tonight, the team is set to faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning (27-14-4), a strong offensive team who have had a rocky first half of the month.
That being said, the Lightning is coming off an amazing win Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers (23-19-4) and is a team that has played very well this season on the road.
What is it going to take for the Blue Jackets to put an end to the Bolts’ winning streak on the road? The Blue Jackets are going to need to depend on an aggressive showing from their offensive lines.
Players such as Mark Letestu and Boone Jenner are both coming off games where they scored multiple goals. They are going to need to continue to score and take advantage of the puck at pivotal moments for the Blue Jackets to pull off this win.
Furthermore, the team’s goalies have been playing outstandingly recently. Both Sergei Bobrovsky, who in his last game was able to shutout the Carolina Hurricanes (19-17-9), and Curtis McElhinney, who had thirty-one saves in the teams last game, have been strong opposition for teams.
Tonight will be the second meeting this season between the two teams. The first resulted in a 1-0 Blue Jackets victory and an injury sustained by Bobrovsky. This second game should be an exciting one between two teams who have come a long way through this season.
The Blue Jackets are currently just three points outside of the Eastern Conference’s second wild card slot. According to Boone Jenner, a recent Blue Jackets star, the team believes in themselves and knows that if they play to the best of their ability anything is possible.
With that in mind, we can’t help but be excited to see how things turn out tonight.