Following a tough road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center, the Blue Jackets flew back to Columbus and had the day off on Sunday to rest and re-energize before getting back to business this afternoon.
“Saturday was tough to swallow,” Boone Jenner said after practice. “Today we were looking forward to getting back on the ice, getting back to work, trying to put it behind us and get ready for tomorrow.”
The Blue Jackets begin a five-game home stand on Tuesday against a familiar foe, the Detroit Red Wings.
In preparation for that match-up (their second of three meetings with Detroit), the Blue Jackets held a typical fast-paced John Tortorella practice on the main ice at Nationwide Arena. There was plenty of skating, drills and conversation between the bench boss and his team.
“This time of year, it’s just about getting tempo,” Tortorella said. “Not keeping them on there that long and just getting them ready to play the games.”
Goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo manned the nets at each respective end of the rink. While the team practiced in front of Bobrovsky’s net, Korpisalo saw some individual attention from goaltending coach Ian Clark.
“Bob has been practicing really well. He’s still day-to-day,” Tortorella said, when asked for an update on the goaltender.
A few other player updates: Brandon Saad was absent from practice and is still listed as day-to-day according to Tortorella. Ryan Murray also missed practice, but Tortorella said he was sent home due to illness and is expected to play tomorrow.
Tortorella hopes his team responds the proper way tomorrow after a disappointing result Saturday: “I hope we get a response. You get spanked 6-0, and listen, we haven’t had many of those games. We have played good hockey the past couple of months here. As I said after the game, we just need to push right by that and get back to playing the way we were, because we have been a pretty consistent hockey club here of late, so we want to try to get right back to that.”
A few other soundbites following today’s practice:
“It was pretty tough. Definitely felt like you were alive out there," center William Karlsson said of today's practice. "It’s a new day, you know? Just forget that game. It was not good, and we're just gonna try to bounce back tomorrow."
“It was a good game last game against (Detroit). Unluckily we didn’t win, but hopefully we get the ‘W’ this time. It’s fun to play at home, so it’s going to be a good five games here and just try to enjoy it and win some games.”