Columbus Blue Jackets: Three Game Look Back and Ahead

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 9: Antti Raanta /

The Columbus Blue Jackets started the week with a dud against the New Jersey Devils, but they have found their stride and have three winnable games ahead.

The Columbus Blue Jackets had one of their worst games of the season against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday. The Devils controlled the game and made the Blue Jackets look like they did not belong at the top of the standings. The Devils and Jackets were tied after the first, but the Devils put them away with three straight goals.

While the Blue Jackets had a clunker at home against the Devils, they showed up in New Jersey Friday against the Devils. Columbus was lead by Artemi Panarin that tallied five primary assists. Panarin. Unlike the first game, the Blue Jackets had a slow start but overcame it. The Jackets came back from two down and ended up winning 5-3.

After beating the Devils, the Jackets returned home to face off against the Arizona Coyotes, This is the definition of a trap game, but the Josh Anderson scored just 30 seconds into the game off of a Panarin assist. This goal was enough with Bobrovsky stopping all 35 of the Coyotes shots. Bobrovsky tallied his fourth shutout of the season.

Next Four Up

The Blue Jackets have two more home games against the Oilers and the Islanders before heading to Carolina. These three games should all be winnable games for the Blue Jackets. This is an opportunity for the Blue Jackets to gain some distance within the division.

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Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers make their only trip to Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. The Oilers have struggled with only 26 points on the season. Edmonton’s struggles have been on the defensive end, and the Jackets have hit their stride offensively.

Following McDavid’s trip to Nationwide, John Tavares, and the New York Islanders make their way to Columbus on Thursday. The Islanders are making strides and are currently in a wild card position. The Blue Jackets opened the season with the Islanders at home and look to build off their opening night beatdown of the Isles.

To finish off the week the Blue Jackets head to Carolina on Saturday.  The Hurricanes have only 29 points on the year and have been disappointing this season, and the Jackets need to add to the negativity. Road wins are tough to come by, but the Jackets should take advantage of the lowly Canes.