BLUE JACKETS 5 | OILERS 4
Alexander Wennberg Post Game
Scott Hartnell Post Game
Ryan Murray Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Scott Hartnell Goal
ANALYSIS: Not a good period by any means for the Blue Jackets, who were handled pretty well 5-on-5 by the Oilers and it’s a 3-3 game with 20 minutes left. The penalty kill, which was so good last night in Detroit, has struggled so far tonight and Edmonton has two goals off some careless penalties for the Blue Jackets. Jordan Eberle and Derek Roy had power play goals for the Oilers, the second one coming off a horrific bounce off the end boards behind Sergei Bobrovsky. Artem Anisimov has a goal for Columbus - his fifth of the year - but that was answered quickly by Andrew Ference’s floater through traffic with 49 seconds left in the period. Shots are 23-18 Edmonton.
Artem Anisimov Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: Finally, a solid opening period at Nationwide Arena for the home team. The Blue Jackets lead 2-0 after 20 minutes and they capitalized both early and late in the first period, getting goal from Marko Dano and Cam Atkinson. Dano's goal came only 43 seconds in, as he hit the offensive blue line with the Oilers caught on a line change and snapped a quick shot under the crossbar and behind Ben Scrivens. Atkinson's goal came with 2.7 seconds left in the frame, and he was waiting in the right circle for a flutter pass that eventually did come from Nick Foligno, and Atkinson made no mistake for his second goal in as many nights. Shots are 11-9 favoring the Jackets through 20 but they'll need to keep this energy up at 5-on-5, because the Oilers had some lengthy OZ shifts in the first period.
Marko Dano Goal
Cam Atkinson Goal
First Period Highlights
Ryan Johansen Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (12:00 PM): Todd Richards confirmed that Sergei Bobrovsky will be the starting goaltender tonight against the Oilers. He also confirmed that Ryan Murray will make his return to the lineup after being activated yesterday off injured reserve. Richards said it will be a game-time decision to determine which defenseman comes out of the lineup tom accommodate Murray's return.
- Brandon Dubinsky will also be a game-time decision. Dubinsky missed last night's game in Detroit due to illness, while Nick Foligno made his return last night despite still pushing through some symptoms of his own illness, according to Richards.
We're right back at it!
After a 3-1 win in Detroit last night, the Blue Jackets jetted off to Columbus and they're set to take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Nationwide Arena. It's the first meeting of the season between these two teams but they'll play twice in the next six days; the Blue Jackets kick off their western Canada swing next Wednesday at Rexall Place.
The Oilers were in action last night, as well, rallying from a 4-0 deficit in Pittsburgh to tie the game in the third period, but dropping a 6-4 decision in a wildly entertaining game.
The Blue Jackets are not skating this morning; they'll have a team meeting around 11 a.m. with media availability to follow. Stay tuned to the Game Day Hub for the latest on tonight's lineup, including pre-game interviews and comments from Todd Richards.
Some game day nuggets...
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal tonight for the Blue Jackets. He's coming off a terrific 41-save performance last night in Detroit, his second road win over the Red Wings this season.
- Ryan Murray, activated off injured reserve on Thursday, is slated to return to the lineup after missing 17 games with a high ankle sprain. No word yet on who comes out to make room for Murray, but we'll hear from the coach in a bit.
- The Jackets' penalty kill got more work than Richards would've liked last night (against the league's No. 1 power play) but they did a solid job, killing five of six Detroit power plays and giving up only a first period deflection goal to Justin Abdelkader.