Three Things: Blue Jackets Extend Points Streak, Boone Jenner Stays Hot, Jack Roslovic Returns

By Will Chase on November 17, 2022 at 10:20 pm
Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher shoots the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger knocks him down in front of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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As the injured list seemingly grows by the day, the beat goes on.

The Columbus Blue Jackets continued their six-game homestand on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena as they welcomed in the surprising Montreal Canadiens. Entering play with their second win in less than a week over the Philadelphia Flyers—a 5-4 overtime win on Tuesday—the Blue Jackets entered Thursday's game with points in three straight.

The Canadiens entered the game 8-7-1 (17 points) in the Atlantic Division and came off a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Bell Centre on Tuesday night, which snapped a three-game winning streak.

Joonas Korpisalo made the start, stopping 38 of 42 shots in the 6-4 win. Sam Montembeault stopped 23 of 28 shots.

Humming Along

The Blue Jackets hoped to get through Thursday's game without any injuries.

Already reeling with a lengthy list of players on injured reserve, the Jackets added a few more players to the list when it was announced early Thursday that Elvis Merzlikins would be out for one-to-two weeks after he left Tuesday's game. Jake Bean also left the win over the Flyers and while a definitive timeline of his injury has not been announced, it doesn't sound good.

There was good news as Emil Bemstrom did play after missing Wednesday's practice. He was a game-time decision entering Thursday's game and wound up among the starters.

The Blue Jackets have had 71-man games lost due to injury after 167-man games lost all of last season. Still, the Blue Jackets are continuing to find ways to have success.

It was a chaotic game as the second period featured all seven combined penalties between the two teams in the middle frame and a slew of them inside the final few minutes. The period ended with the Canadiens scoring the tying goal to even the score at two. However, Mathieu Olivier and Arber Xhekaj settled things once and for all with a scrap to officially end 40 minutes of play.

The Jackets outscored Montreal 4-2 in the third period.

Boone Stays Hot

Yup. Jenner has been a man on a mission.

His third-period goal is his team-leading seventh of the season, third in two games, and sixth in the last five games. The whole scoring sequence was a beauty.

Jack Roslovic Returns

After sitting as a healthy scratch during Tuesday's game, Roslovic was back in the lineup on Thursday. But he needs to perform well to keep his spot.

While Roslovic didn't crack the scoresheet, he had two shots, led the game with four blocked shots, had two hits, and a takeaway in 12:22. He was four-of-10 from the face-off circle.

Winged Wheel

The Blue Jackets continue their six-game homestand when the Detroit Red Wings enter Nationwide Arena on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm ET. The Red Wings are in San Jose to face the Sharks tonight at 10:30 pm ET.

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