GAME 36: BLUE JACKETS VS. OILERS
NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M.
TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO
RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM
SETTING THE STAGE: The times are changing for the Blue Jackets, and they're fully aware of it.
No longer are they the underdogs or able to fly under the radar. With their blazing start and league-best 26-5-4 record entering Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers, they have teams lining up opposite them and giving it their best shot to knock them off the horse. Riding a 15-game winning streak after a New Year's Eve win over the Minnesota Wild, the Blue Jackets have begun to embrace the challenge that meets them every night.
Some of the players have not been shy in saying they're looking to break the record streak (17) set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins, a powerhouse team that a young Brandon Saad heard a lot about while he grew up in suburban Pittsburgh. At the same time, though, they want to maintain their micro-level focus and day-by-day approach, as boring as it may be for them and coach John Tortorella to talk about. It's what has helped get them to this point, after all.
The Edmonton Oilers are in town Tuesday for the second of two meetings this season with the Blue Jackets, and like the Wild and Jets before them, also want to be the team that snaps the Blue Jackets' streak. Columbus won the previous meeting against Edmonton in mid-December at Rogers Place, a game in which the Oilers showed they can hang with the Blue Jackets and push the pace when they're on their game.
NOTEWORTHY NEWS: After a day off Sunday, the Blue Jackets returned to Nationwide Arena to practice on Monday morning. Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal for the Blue Jackets.
PROJECTED CBJ LINEUP:
Saad - Wennberg - Foligno
Jenner - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Calvert - Karlsson - Anderson
Hartnell - Sedlak - Gagner
Werenski - Jones
Johnson - Savard
Murray - Nutivaara