The three-day Christmas break was an opportunity for the Columbus Blue Jackets
to mentally unplug from hockey. They've dropped four in a row, five of the last six and held leads of 4-1 and 5-2 in their last game against the Nashville Predators
before losing 6-5.
The Jackets held a longer skate than normal on Monday at the United Center and had a lengthy on-ice talk from coach Scott Arniel
-- who wants his team to basically hit the reset button on the rest of the season, which still has 48 games left in it.
"It was a chance to get away and clear our brains a little bit," Arniel said of the three-day break. "We can't dwell on what's happened and we've got to move forward. We've seen some of those ugly games happen, but we have to take responsibility for it and we have to find a way the next time we're in that position to get a better result."
Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford
was in goal for that gut-wrenching loss to the Predators, but is having some ongoing issues with back spasms, meaning Steve Mason
likely gets the nod against Chicago.