The Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to face off against the Arizona Coyotes and attempt to start a winning streak.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been struggling as of late, but they were able to pick up their first win in a while against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
A win tonight would not only be a step in the right direction for confidence, but it would move the Jackets from the second wild card spot to a divisional playoff spot ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Alexander Wennberg needs to try to keep up his play from Tuesday, as he finally scored his second goal of the season. If he can get a goal scoring streak of 3 or 4 games, which is certainly unlikely, it would ease the criticism he’s faced this season.
Goaltending wise, according to DailyFaceoff Darcy Kuemper will get the start for Arizona while it seems as if Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Arizona Coyotes are currently out of a playoff spot by three points, so they’ll be motivated to make this game very difficult for the Blue Jackets.
The Coyotes don’t really have an elite point producer this season, as their current leader is Clayton Keller with 37 points in 53 games. While that may not be elite, it’s certainly decent production for the second year player. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Alex Galchenyuk are two other important players to keep an eye on.
While the Coyotes may not seem like a scary team on paper, they’re certainly good enough to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money tonight. The Blue Jackets will need a good performance from Sergei Bobrovsky if they hope to walk away with a win tonight, while they could also benefit from Artemi Panarin keeping up his recent form of play.