Blue Jackets – Blues Preview
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Saturday when they host divisional rival St. Louis. The Blue Jackets garnered wins at Anaheim and at home over Atlanta, following a five game losing streak. Columbus will play two more home games following the Blues trip to town.
The Blue Jackets are six points behind St. Louis for fourth place in the Central Division of the Western Conference. Within the entire Western Conference, St. Louis comes in at 10th place, six points behind eighth seeded Nashville and Calgary. The Blue Jackets continue to sit at 14th; three points behind both Minnesota and Anaheim.
St. Louis has won six of their last ten overall. The Blues have had more success on the road than they have at home this season. St. Louis is 19-10-4 in road games, while just 12-16-5 at home. On the season, the Blues have allowed 183 goals, while scoring 179. St. Louis is coming off a 2-1 win Thursday night on the road against the Islanders. This game for the Blues is their fifth of a six game road trip. Andy McDonald leads the team in scoring, with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 total points. Goaltender Chris Mason has compiled a record of 23-18-8 on the season, with a 2.52 goals against average.
The first time these two teams met up, the Blue Jackets topped the Blues 5-2 at Nationwide Arena. The two teams met up again, in Columbus on January 18th, where the Blue Jackets again beat the Blues 4-2. The first time the Blue Jackets visited St. Louis, the Blue Jackets won again, this time in overtime, 3-2. The teams will play their final time this season, at the Scotts trade Center in St. Louis on April 5th.