Ottawa Senators @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Monday, January 28th, 2014, 7:00PM
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Eric and Jordan Staal took the Columbus Blue Jackets from shutout to disappointment in less than three minutes during the third period of last night’s game. The Jackets dropped their second game in row in spectacular fashion and while it is still a bit early, some fans are already hitting the panic button. The joys of the eight game winning streak are quickly fading in the rear view mirror.
Columbus held a two goal lead for the majority of Monday night’s game against Carolina, but they simply did not show up for the third period. Carolina came out strong and Columbus did not have an answer. Carolina dominated the play and Eric Staal single handily tied the game at two. Brother Jordan Staal completed the family affair with the go ahead goal.
Again, Columbus has quick turn and are back in action tonight against the Ottawa Senators, not even 24 hours after the final buzzer sounded in Raleigh. The face an Ottawa team that has also dropped their last two games; a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and a 6-3 loss to the very same Carolina Hurricanes. Both teams will be looking to right the ship tonight and bring back some of the confidence that has been lost in the last two games.
- After out shooting the Hurricanes 7-1, the Columbus Blue Jackets went 14:41 without another shot on goal to start last night’s game. [ Blue Jackets.com ]
- The Jackets 47.3 FF% on Monday night was their second lowest in the last 10 games. The lowest was their 46.9% performance back on January 10th against the Hurricanes. The Jackets won that game 3-0. [ Extra Skater ]
- The Senators 99.9% PDO pretty much puts them right at the base line for the stat. They are neither over or under performing. [ Extra Skater ]
- It is expected that Curtis McElhinney will be in net for the Blue Jackets tonight, at least that was the plan going into Carolina. With Bobrovsky having two rough outings, some rest may do him good. The Senators will turn to Craig Anderson in net tonight.
The Union and Blue Song For the Game:
Maybe some Stones will get the Jackets out of their slump.