A busy schedule has not given the Blue Jackets much time for rest. After back to back games Thursday and Friday, the Jackets finally had an off day yesterday, but much of that was spent traveling out to Ottawa and preparing for a five game road trip across Western Canada. While the Jackets are winless in their last 3 games, they are riding a 4 game points streak that started with a win over the New York Islanders.
The streak has continued with over time losses against Washington and Boston and most recently, a shootout loss against Montreal. It is refreshing to see Columbus get some points for their effort, but they are still struggling to get that elusive second point.
Ottawa started the month of November in the middle of a 5 game losing streak. They were able to snap that streak with a 4-1 win on the road in Columbus. In that game, the Blue Jackets were unable to figure out Robin Lehner until the 3rd period, where R.J. Umberger scored the Jackets lone goal.
Ottawa went on to dominate the rest of the period and put up two more goals. Ottawa last played on Friday, a 4-2 win at home over the Boston Bruins. Boston went up 2-0 in the first, but Ottawa rallied back with 4 unanswered goals from Chris Neil, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen, and Bobby Ryan. Goalie Craig Anderson stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced.
Today could be a tough game for the Jackets. The Senators controlled most of the previous meeting and will come into today’s game well rested. The Jackets had a busy stretch and a travel day, all of this coming before a long stretch of road games. The early 1pm start also makes it difficult on the team’s biological clocks.
Coming up, we will take a look at which players you should pay attention to today, as well as the official song of the game!