BLUE JACKETS 2 | ISLANDERS 5
Nick Foligno Goal
Jack Johnson Post Game
Nick Foligno Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
ANALYSIS: The second period unfolded much like the end of the first period did last night in Toronto. That is to say it did not go well for the Blue Jackets, who trail 4-1 with 20 minutes left in this one. They've not had the puck much, their zone time has been inconsistent and the only source of offense so far has been the power play, which tallied back in the first period. The Islanders got goals from Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Bryan Strait to turn a 1-1 game into a three-goal cushion with two periods in the books. The Blue Jackets were beat up-ice on the Martin goal, turned the puck over at the line on the Lee goal and had a bouncing puck deflect in off Ryan Johansen's stick on the Strait goal. Their game hasn't been there so far tonight, but they have one period left to make something happen. Shots are 27-12 favoring the Islanders.
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: Another period in which the Blue Jackets were heavily out-shot (which is a disturbing trend of late) but they're locked in a 1-1 tie with the New York Islanders after 20 minutes here at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders, leading the Metropolitan Division entering tonight's game, wasted no time getting going as they scored on the opening shift, during which the puck was in the Columbus zone for the entire time. Nikolai Kulemin got credit for the Islanders goal, going to the front of the net and re-directing a point shot from Nick Leddy 31 seconds in. Jack Johnson responded on the power play, blasting a one-timer from the right point through traffic and behind Chad Johnson. Shots are 16-4 favoring the Islanders.
Jack Johnson Goal
Sergei Bobrovsky Stops Strome
First Period Highlights
(UPDATE 6:05 PM): Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno, and Sergei Bobrovsky have been selected to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game. Read more about the Jackets' three All-Stars here.
Todd Richards Pre-Game
It's another Blue Jackets Game Day!
Coming off a disappointing loss in Toronto, the Blue Jackets will try to get back on track against one of the NHL's best. The Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders visit Nationwide Arena for the first time this season halfway through their longest road trip of the season. While the Blue Jackets return for their first home game since New Year's Eve after a trip out west, the Islanders are away from home for the sixth straight game in their seven-game trip. That includes a difficult contest last night, when the Islanders needed two come-from-behind efforts in the third period to force overtime before John Tavares won the game with his second of the evening.
Here are a few more thoughts before two road-weary teams duke it out for two big points at Nationwide Arena...
- The Blue Jackets decided to forego the morning skate today after flying in from Toronto last night. The Jackets will make a few lineup changes, with Jack Skille coming out of the lineup after suffering a lower-body injury in last night's game.
- Skille is expected to be out a couple of weeks and will be replaced in the lineup by Corey Tropp. Cody Goloubef will also be a scratch tonight, replaced by Dalton Prout. Todd Richards said the decision was not a reflection on Goloubef's play, but rather a move to get fresher legs in the lineup for the second game of a back-to-back.
Here are the lines and pairings for tonight's game...
- The Islanders did skate today, and according to Mark Herrmann of Newsday, will be starting back-up goaltender Chad Johnson tonight. Johnson is 5-5-0 this season with a .867 save percentage and 3.54 goals-against average. Mikhail Grabovski will be out of the lineup, replaced by Cal Clutterbuck.
- During the television broadcast of last night's game between the Islanders and Devils, John MacLean mentioned that the Islanders looked a step slow. That's understandable with the travel load the Islanders have endured during their trip. Between their Dec. 31 game in Winnipeg and tonight's contest in Columbus, the Islanders have traveled roughly 6,940 miles to play six games.
- Despite a night in which the Jackets struggled offensively, Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno each extended scoring streaks. Johansen now has goals in five straight games (6-1-7). Johnsen's six goals in five games is the best five-game scoring streak of his career. Foligno has points in six straight contests (1-8-9).