BLUE JACKETS 4 | AVALANCHE 3
David Savard Post Game
Curtis McElhinney Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
David Savard Goal
ANALYSIS: We've got a back-and-forth, trading chances kind of game going on right now in Denver. The Blue Jackets had a couple of leads in the second period, the first coming off Dubinsky's second goal of the night and it was a beauty. The puck took a fortunate bounce off the dasher and Dubinsky found it in the low left circle before ripping a beautiful wrister under the crossbar and in for a 2-1 Columbus lead. Colorado came right back to tie it, but a pretty passing play between Connauton, Foligno and Johansen made it 3-2 with Johansen on the business end, scoring his third goal in as many games. Late in the period, a wrap-around goal from Cody McLeod pulled the Avalanche even once again, and that's where we stand headed to the third. Shots are 23-22 favoring Columbus.
Dubinsky's Second Goal
Ryan Johansen Goal
ANALYSIS: The only blip on the radar after 20 minutes was a David Savard giveaway in the opening minute, one that gave Jarome Iginla a point-blank scoring chance (probably the wrong guy to turn it over to, but alas). Iginla's goal made it 1-0 Colorado on the first shift but the Blue Jackets settled in nicely, evening it up midway through on a goal by Brandon Dubinsky on a waist-high redirection of a Cody Goloubef shot from the right wing boards. Play has been heavily in the Blue Jackets' favor and they've had a few legitimate chances to score, but nothing aside from the Dubinsky goal has beaten Semyon Varlamov. It's a 1-1 game and shots are 11-3 favoring Columbus, but what was most impressive was the way the Jackets responded after the opening goal.
Brandon Dubinsky Goal
UPDATE (5:45 PM): Per our friend Jeff Rimer, Richards also said it's possible that both Cam Atkinson and Mark Letestu could return to play in Tuesday's game against Dallas.
UPDATE (5:40 PM): Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just met with the media before tonight's game at Pepsi Center. Several changes tonight for Columbus...
- Curtis McElhinney starts in goal.
- Dalton Prout is a healthy scratch tonight and Cody Goloubef draws in for his first game since suffering a knee injury Nov. 1 in New Jersey.
- New-look lines, per Aaron Portzline: Hartnell-Johansen-Foligno, Calvert-Dubinsky-Morin, Collins-Wennberg-Skille, Tropp-Chaput-Boll.
Back to work, Jackets fans!
The Blue Jackets suffered a tough loss last night in Arizona but they’re right back at it tonight in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche. The Blue Jackets won’t skate this morning after last night’s contest, their second of a four-game road trip.
Here are a few more nuggets to chew on before tonight's game:
- The Blue Jackets are no strangers to back-to-backs, having already played seven this season. They’re certainly hoping for better results, going 1-6 in the second half of back-to-backs this season. The Blue Jackets didn’t play on consecutive nights at all during the month of December, when they went 10-1-1.
- The Blue Jackets head into tonight’s game with the top ranked power play in the league at 24.6 percent. They’re scored 31 power play goals on the season, third-most in the NHL, and the power play has accounted for 33.7 percent of their offense for the season. With James Wisniewski’s goal last night, the Jackets have a power play goal in four straight games and five of the last six.
- The Blue Jacket penalty kill has hit a recent snag, surrendering three goals to the Coyotes last night on five attempts and another to the Wild on New Year’s Eve. That was after they’d managed to a perfect penalty kill for six straight games in late December. The Jackets must correct that, but also the momentum swings stemming from it. Not only did the Coyotes power play convert in the game, but the Coyotes outshot the Jackets 8-2 in the seven minutes after Dalton Prout’s first period penalty on which they didn’t score. That eighth shot was Tobias Rieder’s goal to open the contest. That stretch changed the tone of the game, something the Jackets can’t allow against Colorado.