Game Day Edition: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers
9:30pm (ET) on FSOH, RSNW
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
The Columbus Blue Jackets team that showed up in Ottawa was the team we have been waiting for. Even though they were coming off of a busy schedule on the ice, a day of travel, and an early start, the Blue Jackets put in a dominant 60 minutes of effort. That effort was rewarded with a definitive 4-1 win over the Senators.
To say that the 5 game road trip is off to a good start would be an understatement. Now off their streak of OT / SO losses, the Jackets come into Edmonton tonight riding a 5 game point streak. It is amazing what one win can do, as a 4 game point streak that was comprised of one win and 3 OT / SO losses some how felt cheap. A big win, over a respectable opponent like the Sens gives that point streak some validation, and leads me to believe that the CBJ may actually be turning things around.
Tonight, we return to the late Western road starts we all came to love for the first 12 years of the Jackets existence. Puck drop will be at 9:30pm, and the Jackets will try to prove that they have in fact righted the ship. Edmonton is also coming off a 4-2 win over Calgary, so they too will be trying to show that they are turning things around.
The Oilers are once again among the bottom dwellers of the NHL standings this season, and the win against Calgary snapped a 5 game losing streak. Edmonton is in last place in the Pacific Division with 12 points and are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. In comparison, the Jackets 17 points have moved them out of last in the Metropolitan Division. They are now 2-5-3 in their last 10 games.
I believe Steve Dangle put it best in his LFR report where he compared the Edmonton Oilers to a bank robber who reaches for a bullet proof vest, only to instead opt for a second gun. Their league worst 3.73 goals against average attests to this, but their 8th worst 2.36 goals for average shows they have been struggling on both sides of the puck.
With three power play goals against Ottawa, the Jackets power play has moved up a bit on the NHL stats page. They now have a 19.7 PP%, 13th in the NHL. While 5 on 5 play is important, it was the man advantage that won the game for the Jackets on Saturday. With Edmonton’s lackluster play on D, the CBJ will look to capitalize on the PP once again tonight.
Next up we have some of the notable stories surrounding tonight’s game, as well as the Union and Blue: Song For the Game!