Game Preview: Blue Jackets Travel to Boston in Search of Third Straight Win

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 16, 2019 at 7:05 am
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Sexier (42) chase down a loose puck during the second period at Nationwide Arena.

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The Blue Jackets are picking up momentum at the right time.

Tonight in Boston, they'll take on a Bruins team that will be eager to avenge the 7-4 defeat at the hands of Columbus, suffered on Tuesday night.

Sergei Bobrovsky was outstanding for the Blue Jackets last night, saving 46 shots and shutting out the Hurricanes in a huge 3-0 win for Columbus.

The Bruins have lost three in a row, most recently a 4-3 defeat to Winnipeg on Thursday night. Despite their recent slump, Boston's a good team, and the Blue Jackets will have their hands full trying to win their third straight game.

Here's how the Blue Jackets will roll out their lines tonight. 

Forwards 

Panarin - Dubois - Atkinson

Dzingel - Duchene - Anderson 

Foligno - Jenner - Nash 

Wennberg - Dubinsky - Bjorkstrand

Defensemen 

Werenski - Jones 

Nutivaara - Savard 

Harrington - McQuaid 

Goaltenders 

Bobrovsky/Korpisalo


Storylines 
  • The Blue Jackets leaned heavily on Bobrovsky last night, and they can't expect him to have the same, incredibly dominant game every night. After going up 2-0 on the Hurricanes early, they generated almost no offense in the final two periods. They will need to dictate the pace of the game and relieve pressure on Bobrovsky.
  • Brad Marchand is always a spark plug, and Columbus defensemen will have to be aware of his speedy, gritty presence. He's a catalyst for the Bruins, and keeping him in check will be key for a Columbus victory.
  • Josh Anderson added another goal for the Blue Jackets last night of the short-handed variety for his 24th goal of the year. His line, which includes Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene, didn't play that well last night after dominating against the Bruins on Tuesday. They'll need to bounce back against the club they had great success against.

The puck will drop at 7:00.

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