The Columbus Blue Jackets are set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game with major playoff implications.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are going to have to go to war tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their scoring needs to step up considering Sergei Bobrovsky has been confirmed to be in net against Matt Murray according to DailyFaceoff.
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Tonight’s game, based on the last meeting between these two teams a couple days ago, is going to be a hard-hitting, fast paced game. Joonas Korpisalo played well in his outing against the Penguins, however the Jackets were unable to get a puck past Murray who has been a Jacket killer to this point in his career.
Bobrovsky has been bad since the end of February, despite making a few big saves here and there. He’s given up 16 goals in his last 5 games, which isn’t good enough for a playoff contending team. If the Blue Jackets want to make the playoffs, they either need to see the best out of Bobrovsky or dump him entirely and run with the hot hand between the other two goalies considering he likely won’t be here after the season regardless.
Sidney Crosby has been on fire for the Penguins, and the Blue Jackets will have to do their best to shut him down if they want to win the game. The superstar center has recorded 12 points in his last 5 games.
Phil Kessel broke his goal scoring drought against the Blue Jackets on Thursday, which could be a problem considering goal scorers tend to score in bunches.
Tonight’s game won’t be an easy win for the Columbus Blue Jackets by any stretch and as a result they need to be ready to leave it all on the ice tonight. If they can’t beat a team like Pittsburgh, things won’t look promising even if they make it to the playoffs.