The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, in what will be a massive game in regards to the playoff implications. However, there’s more games to keep an eye on.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are set for one of their most important games of the season, while a few of their competitors in the playoff race are also set for some pretty big games.
Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators
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This is a game that could substantially help the Blue Jackets if Carolina struggles even a bit. The Predators are a dangerous team who’re currently second in their division and are having a fairly strong season. Former Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen has become a dangerous weapon for Nashville since being acquired for current Blue Jacket Seth Jones.
Carolina is coming off of an 8-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets last night, which could be detrimental to their momentum and could be a turning point in the playoff race going forward.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders
This game is a bit more of a stretch, however in the long run it could be a very important game. Both teams are either pretty unlikely to catch up to the playoff race (Philadelphia) or a few points ahead of the playoff race and had good performances as of late (Islanders).
As a result, this game could either solidify the Islanders ahead of everyone else or keep hope in Flyers fans for a movie like comeback to the season.
Tonight’s most important game for the Columbus Blue Jackets is certainly their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, however there are quite a few other games that could have an effect on the future of this season. Carolina, Pittsburgh, Montreal and even teams like Philadelphia and the Islanders are going to all out war, hockey style.