Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets Look To Snap Losing Streak In Matchup Against Winnipeg Jets

By Chris Pennington on January 31, 2019 at 7:15 am
Josh Anderson has 23 points on the season including 15 goals for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and is on track to have the most goals in a season for himself.

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The only good thing about the Columbus Blue Jackets' inconsistency over the course of the season, is that they've struggled to consistently lose games.

Except for the past few weeks, where they have lost three games in a row, for the first time this season in fact. This is not the consistency they want.

After dropping a slop-fest game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, the Blue Jackets return to action tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

PROJECTED LINES:

Panarin – Dubois – Atkinson

Foligno – Wennberg – Anderson

Bjorkstrand – Sedlak – Duclair

Hannikainen – Dubinsky – Nash 

DEFENSEMEN:

Werenski – Jones

Murray – Nutivaara

Harrington – Savard

GOALTENDER:

Bobrovsky or Korpisalo

STORYLINES:

  • The Blue Jackets are still in the midst of an interesting waiting period between now and the Feb. 25 trade deadline, where Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, the two best players on the roster, seemingly don't 100% want to be on the club and might get dealt soon. A smattering of 'boos' came down on Panarin on Tuesday night - Bob has yet to receive any. As devastating as it would be to lose them both to free agency, watching them both in Florida Panthers jerseys return to Nationwide Arena in 2020 would be pretty funny to watch (the reaction, that is). 
  • The Winnipeg Jets are a well-balanced club, currently sitting in first place in the Central Division. Their leading point-getter, Blake Wheeler, has 53 assists on the season...in 50 games played. How many times do you see a player at the top of the league in points, over halfway through a season, and still has single-digit goals.
  • This is the first matchup with the Winnipeg Jets that the Jackets have had this season, the second and final one being in Columbus on March 3. 

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