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Game Day Central: Blue Jackets vs. Senators

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


WATCH: James Wisniewski...that shot. Power play goal ties it up 2-2.

GOAL AUDIO: James Wisniewski (PPG)

A much better period for the Blue Jackets overall, but still some things to clean up headed into the final period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus got a power play goal from Cam Atkinson (his 16th of the season) to cut the Senators' lead in half, and there were several more chances for the Jackets in the closing minutes of the second. Shots are 26-20 in favor of the Blue Jackets to this point, and they've had some quality looks but have either missed the net or fired right at Craig Anderson. With 20 minutes to play, you'd like to see the Blue Jackets get back to a north-south game, which they've deviated from at times tonight.

Cam Atkinson's 16th of the season made it a 2-1 game in the second period.

GOAL AUDIO: Cam Atkinson (PPG)

First period highlights....

Not the best start for the Blue Jackets, who looked like a team that played a road game last night and needed to get their legs going. They came to life later in the first period but not after Stephane Da Costa gave Ottawa an early 1-0 lead on the power play - a clunky backhander through a maze that got past McElhinney. Columbus strung some shifts together in the final six minutes of the period and had back-to-back power plays in the final three minutes (53 seconds will carry over to the second period), but couldn't capitalize despite a few prime chances. 

INSIDE EDGE: Bob & Jody break down tonight's game vs. the Senators!

WATCH: Nick Foligno's pre-game interview on Jackets TV.

WATCH: Blake Comeau returns to the lineup and talked about it this morning.

WATCH: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards' pre-game press conference.

PRE GAME AUDIO: Blake Comeau | Nick Foligno | Todd Richards

UPDATE (10:45 AM):
No morning skate for the Jackets today, but Todd Richards just updated the media on tonight's lineup...

- Curtis McElhinney will start in goal against Ottawa.

- Blake Comeau goes in for Corey Tropp.

- Defense pairs remain the same.

 The Blue Jackets are set to play their second game in as many nights, taking on the Ottawa Senators tonight at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets are slated for a 10 a.m. team meeting at Nationwide, and we'll have game day coverage for you right here at Game Day Central after the team meets with the media. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Senators, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

The Blue Jackets have some options if they want to make some roster changes after last night's 3-2 loss in Raleigh. Tim Erixon is with the team and can slot in on the blue line, and Blake Comeau is available to play at forward if called upon.

On back-to-back nights, it's not yet known whether the Blue Jackets will go back to Bobrovsky or give Curtis McElhinney a start in goal. We'll know more after Richards speaks following the team meeting in the morning.

Richards said it best following a deflating 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Monday night: sometimes the best thing is a chance at redemption, and the Blue Jackets get one on home ice tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

The Blue Jackets, who held a 2-0 lead through 51-plus minutes of last night's game at PNC Arena, saw the lead evaporate and dissipate into nothing in a span of three minutes; the Staal brothers (Eric scored twice, Jordan had the game-winner) did the damage for Carolina after beind held in check the first two periods.

For Columbus, they now have to deal with a Senators team that's trying to hang in the playoff race in its own right. Ottawa has lost four its last five, but the Senators have been waiting for the Blue Jackets in Columbus and will want to jump out to a quick start and take advantage of their back-to-back situation.

Also something to keep an eye on: the Blue Jackets can retake third place in the Metropolitan Division a) if they beat Ottawa and b) Carolina loses in Montreal. In other words, there's no time to feel sorry for yourself with this schedule; there's another game in 48 hours or less and another key juncture in the playoff race. The Blue Jackets don't want to fall behind despite having games in hand, something they on the teams they're chasing.


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