Blue Jackets host Avalanche, aim for 3rd straight wn COLUMBUS, Ohio
Postano: 02 srp 2018, 10:02
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance Thursday night to win three straight games for the first time since November.An extended streak couldnt come at a better time for the Blue Jackets as they fight for their playoff lives during the final month of the regular season. They enter Thursday night game against the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena just two points ahead of the Florida Panthers for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.The game is just as important for the Avalanche Gage Ausmus Jersey, who are trying to keep pace in the Western Conference race. Theyre just outside the final wild-card spot behind the Los Angeles Kings with 16 games remaining.Article continues below ...The Blue Jackets, coming off a three-game West Coast swing, made it two consecutive wins on Tuesday night with a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. They survived after having played and won Sunday night at San Jose.We find a way to win a game, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. Ill be honest with you. As a coach, you get your schedule in July and you look at it and I call them were screwed here, those type of games. That one of them I have circled because it is a tough turnaround coming off a West Coast trip and coming right back and play. Im thrilled for the guys to find a way.That a were screwed game that we won. That really good to get two points out of that.The Blue Jackets understandably looked sluggish at times after the long trip home, but they persevered against one of the top teams in the league. Artemi Panarin scored 16 seconds into the game, Zach Werenski set a franchise record for defensemen with his 13th goal of the season and veteran defenseman Ian Cole, a trade deadline acquisition, added his first goal for the team.I think right now, when were not scoring that many goals, it nice when defensemen can contribute and try to help the team win https://www.avalanchefansapparel.com/La ... ald_Jersey, Werenski said. Were in a tight playoff race. Every game matters, every point matters, and if I can contribute offensively, Im going to try to do that.Even more impressive is the Blue Jackets managed to come through without No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was ill and didnt play. Backup Joonas Korpisalo didnt learn until Tuesday morning that he was starting but was strong in net with 37 saves for his first win since January.It not yet known whether Bobrovsky will be available against the Avalanche. The Blue Jackets didnt practice Wednesday.It been a tough last four weeks for me, said Korpisalo, who was 1-4-0 in his previous five starts. Every win, every solid game and every time I feel like I help the team helps me a lot.The Avalanche stymied the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Jan. 4 in Denver in the only meeting between the teams this season. Theyre coming off a 2-1 overtime loss on the road to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.We just need to learn how to put two points together on the road, Avalanche forward Tyson Jost said. We have to regroup in Columbus.Semyon Varlamov started in goal in Chicago, but Jonathan Bernier could return Thursday night. He was responsible for the shutout against the Blue Jackets in January Colorado Avalanche Jersey.Colorado forward Sven Andrighetto is also close to returning after missing two months with a lower-body injury.Nathan MacKinnon produced his 12th power-play goal of the season in the second period against the Blackhawks to extend his points streak to six games . The Avalanche have scored a power-play goal in five consecutive games for the first time since 2015.On the ice you can see he so dominant, Jost said of MacKinnon. He is a man among boys out there, and he is always someone we can rely on.Avalanche coach Jared Bednar was happy to pick up a point in Chicago but disappointed with several lapses in concentration that ended up costing his team in its second straight overtime loss. He knows the Blue Jackets will come out firing.That a hard-working hockey team. Theyre a desperate hockey team, Bednar said of the Blue Jackets. Theyre in the exact same position as we are. Theyre fighting for their playoff lives.Were going to have to match their competitiveness, number one, and that a big key for tomorrow.