The Columbus Blue Jackets head into the Barclays Center after a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.
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16–5–2 (34 points)
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7 P.M. – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
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The New York Islanders are on a three-game losing streak in which they have only manage to score two goals compared to nine goals against.
The last time these teams met, the Blue Jackets fell in overtime, so it is time for the Jackets to capitalize on their opponents misfortune this time around.
Merzlikins will likely receive the start tonight after Korpisalo receiving the last three starts in net and Elvis has been the go-to goalie for the Jackets when on the road.
Here's a look at tonight's projected lines for the Blue Jackets:
Scratches: Harrington, Robinson
- Vets Step Up. Atkinson has 81 shots on net this season, but only 4 goals. At this point last season he was terrorizing goalies. Either he will eventually breakthrough or he will need to change up where he is shooting the puck from because goalies have clued into him. Additionally, Josh Anderson has had a rough start this season and Boone Jenner is on pace to have 10 less points than he did last season.
- Activate The Kids. With the vets lagging behind this season, the young guns for the Jackets have an opportunity. Bemstrom and Milano are both delivering early in the season, but Texier has not been able to make an impact this season. Texier is playing well most nights, but he has to start making an impact on the board in order to make up for the vets.
- Get A Win For Merzlikins. Elvis is still looking for his first NHL victory and while he may have squandered away his last start, he has not seen much help when in net for Columbus.