Blue Jackets Game of the Week: the Ottawa Senators.


Sep 21, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing

Kerby Rychel

(52) skates on the ice against the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight our Columbus Blue Jackets will take on the Ottawa Senators at home.

This game holds major significance for two main reasons. First as a chance to extend the current winning streak up to 4 games, and second as an opportunity to enact a healthy dose of revenge upon their opponents.

On the issue of the winning streak there may be a bit of controversy. Four games in a row does not necessarily mean anything, it’s a very small sample size and could easily be the result of statistical variance and good luck as opposed to skill and better play. However due to that ugly losing streak that started off the season and placed the Jacks in a deep dark hole, they need to put together streaks in order to regain that ground.

Secondly, and more specifically related to the Senators, is the chance at revenge for an earlier defeat. The October 14th loss at home is still fresh in my mind, it is likely still fresh in yours as well. The season was young and the Jacks were only 0-3, with two of those coming against the elite New York Rangers, the situation honestly didn’t look that bad. And then came the 7-3 smack down against Ottawa, a team we really should have been at least able to compete with. Hopefully with the Jacks performing much better recently we’ll see a very different result.

My player to watch tonight will be Kerby Rychel. The young Rychel will be making his 4th start of the season and 9th of his career. The scoring of a first career goal is always cause for massive excitement, and since Kerby has yet to net his, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes on him when hes on the ice.

For the Senators the player to watch to night is Bobby Ryan. With 7 points in the last 6 games Ryan is on fire and will be taking over the first line right wing job. He’s likely to be very noticeable when on the ice, so you won’t have to try too hard to watch him out there.


Boone JennerRyan JohansenBrandon Saad

Matt CalvertNick FolignoCam Atkinson

Scott HartnellWilliam KarlssonRene Bourque

Kerby RychelGregory CampbellJosh Anderson

Jack JohnsonDavid Savard

Ryan MurrayCody Goloubef

Kevin ConnautonFedor Tyutin

Curtis McElhinney

Sergei Bobrovsky

Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (elbow), David Clarkson (back), Jared Boll (foot), Alexander Wennberg (lower body).

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Dalton Prout.


Mike HoffmanKyle TurrisBobby Ryan

Matt PuempelMika ZibanejadMark Stone

Milan MichalekJean-Gabriel PageauAlex Chiasson

Curtis LazarZack SmithChris Neil

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Patrick WierciochCody Ceci

Mark BorowieckiChris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Matt O’Connor

Scratched: Shane Prince, Jared Cowen

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Andrew Hammond (undisclosed)