The Columbus Blue Jackets are ready for the second game of a back to back, this time against the Minnesota Wild.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have to move on quickly from a crushing loss against the Montreal Canadiens last night, since they have a game tonight against the Minnesota Wild in what will likely be another difficult game.
It’s likely that Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start considering Joonas Korpisalo gave up four goals last night. Meanwhile Devan Dubnyk will probably get the start for the Minnesota Wild considering they had a night off between games.
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The Wild are in the midst of a playoff push for the second half, however they’re currently just sitting outside of the wild card positions. They’re a point behind the Colorado Avalanche for third in the division and the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks for the western wild cards. They also have at least one game in hand over the both of the wild card teams.
The Columbus Blue Jackets dropped to second in the Metropolitan Division because of the New York Islanders beating the Washington Capitals which secured them first for the time being. Even if the Blue Jackets do win against the Wild, the Islanders have a game in hand which means first place in the division would once again potentially be temporary.
It’s worth mentioning that this game will also be a battle of the Folignos with Nick Foligno taking on his brother Marcus Foligno. Other players on Minnesota to keep an eye on will be Zach Parise who is having a resurgent year at 34 years of age as well as Ryan Suter doing something fairly similar at the age of 33.
It won’t be an easy win for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Minnesota Wild, so they have to be prepared to battle tonight.