Columbus Blue Jackets take on the San Jose Sharks
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to win their third straight game at home Wednesday night when they host the San Jose Sharks. The Blue Jackets under new interim coach Claude Noel won at home over Dallas and Buffalo, and will see Vancouver and Chicago after the Sharks leave town.
San Jose is led in scoring by Joe Thornton, with 73 points. The center has played in 58 games, scoring 15 goals and dishing out 58 assists. Next on the points list for the Sharks is Dany Heatley with 65 and Patrick Marleau with 64. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has won 32 games, while losing just 8 on the season.
The Sharks are second in the entire NHL with 85 points, tops in the Western Conference. San Jose has won two straight games and are 8-1-1 in their last ten. Overall, the Sharks are 19-6-2 on the road. San Jose has out scored their opponents by a total of 54 goals on the season, which ranks second only to the Washington Capitals.
The Blue Jackets are in 14th place in the Western Conference, but just two behind St. Louis. Columbus trails 8th place Nashville by nine points.
Noel is clearly pushing the team, and wants to secure the position of head coach. We have seen a new team the past two games, the team we remember from last season. We have also seen Mason step-up, and start to perform back on his level. Let’s hope that the Jackets can keep this home streak going with a win over the Sharks.