Scoring goals since mid-December has been a tough, tough gig for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The team has dealt with injuries and it has made the team go through plenty. Now with the team mostly healthy, they're hoping to go on a run. Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson is a player that had stayed healthy through the tough stretch and has helped keep the team afloat.
After scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during their Feb. 10 drubbing, it felt like a sign that he and the team were going to break out. After being on the first line for most of the season, Anderson was asked about what it was like to skate on the supposed third line after practice.
"I don't really think it's (being) lower in the lineup," Anderson said. "I just think it's just getting back to doing the things that have gone right to get me to this level. I still play around 16 to 18 minutes a night, so the ice time's still there. It's just a matter of getting back to supporting the puck a lot, going to the net and finishing my checks."
Throughout the losses and the time watching the team fall down the standings, the team has remained positive.
It will need to continue in their game against the New York Islanders and as Anderson already knows, it will be a battle. Every night in the Metropolitan Division always plays out that way.
"Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot right now, so it's going to be a good game," Anderson said. "We're going to try and shoot the puck as much as we can and generate scoring chances."