Blue Jackets Looking For Energy, Response Against Islanders Tonight

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 21, 2021 at 6:22 pm
Oct 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Eric Robinson (50) and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battle for the puck in the first period at Little Caesars Arena.
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The Blue Jackets weren't good enough across the board against Detroit, and they know they have to be better tonight against the Islanders.

"Everyone knows last game wasn't good enough," said forward Eric Robinson on Thursday morning. "It's gonna come from everyone, and like Lars said, it's gotta be right away. That type of effort and energy doesn't work against anyone, especially against a tough opponent tonight."

The fourth line came up big against Seattle, with Robinson firing home a wrister to tie the game in the third period. Gregory Hofmann notched the primary assist for his first NHL point. Secondary scoring will be critical for the Blue Jackets this year.

"(Voracek and Laine) are elite players, but you can't rely on them to score every goal this season," said Robinson. "I think it helps take a little pressure off them when other lines are able to chip in. It's a big boost when you're able to get one from the fourth line...hopefully, it'll carry us to success this year."

Carlsson Called Up

On Wednesday, the Blue Jackets called up defenseman Gabriel Carlsson from AHL Cleveland, but he won't be entering the lineup tonight. The Blue Jackets now have eight defensemen on their roster. 

The reason for the call-up, according to head coach Brad Larsen, is the Monsters' upcoming trip to Canada. 

"They're going up to Canada. If we ever have an issue or something happens, it's tough to get (a player) with immigration now. We just want to make sure we're protected."