The Columbus Blue Jackets are currently on a five-game point streak (4-0-1). Young stars are jelling with established veterans and, most importantly, the team is stringing wins together.
The Jackets’ top scorers have continued playing well, which has been complemented by the hot glove of rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, who is now 6-1-2 in his last nine starts.
And, after a tough start, the Jackets are getting things done at home and taking advantage of the five-game home stand, which will wrap up this week with a light slate of two games.
The Jackets will play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Feb. 19 before hitting the road. They will play the Bruins again in Boston on Feb. 22, and play the Red Wings in Detroit the following night on Feb. 23.
However, before that road trip, the Jackets will kick off this week against Boston as they try to even the season series after the Bruins took the first game in a shootout on Jan. 23. The Bruins built up a 4-1-1 record before losing a tough one at Detroit against the Red Wings on Sunday.
The Bruins and Red Wings are battling back-and-forth for second place in the Atlantic Division standings behind the Florida Panthers. Tuukka Rask is the Bruins’ leading goaltender, but is coming off a tough week, having given up five goals in two of his last three starts.
On the offensive end, the big story has been the play of Brad Marchand, who has 13 goals in his last 13 games and at least one goal in his last seven straight games. The Bruins are also getting good goal production from Loui Eriksson this year, who has tallied four goals and an assist in his last five games.
The Jackets end the week at home on Friday against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Sabres broke out of a four-game slump over the weekend, with impressive wins over the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. Friday's game will mark the first opportunity for Jackets' fans to see Buffalo's No.2 overall pick during the 2015 NHL Draft Jack Eichel in action at Nationwide Arena.
The Jackets have been able to establish their identity at home, going 3-0-1 in the last four dating back to their win over Montreal before the All-Star Break. Given that 14 of the last 25 games of the campaign will be in the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena, fans will have plenty of opportunity to watch their team play in town.
See you on Tuesday at Nationwide, 5th Line.