Facing the Columbus Blue Jackets for any team can fix any ship, right? The Boston Bruins don’t see a cause for concern after consecutive losses.
The lowly Columbus Blue Jackets, surprisingly, are also seeing positives after a devastating defeat.
These teams meet for the second time this season Saturday night when the visiting Bruins try to avoid their first three game slide in over a month.
Boston (17-9-1) lost 2-1 at Winnipeg on Tuesday and 2-0 at home to Florida two days later. Those setbacks came after a 14-0-1 stretch since the Bruins’ last three game skid Oct. 22-29.
The Bruins aren’t worried because they had 40 shots in each loss and felt they were unlucky Thursday.
Columbus (8-16-4), meanwhile, remains the worst team in the league and fell 4-3 in overtime at home to rival Nashville on Thursday, blowing a two goal lead in the final 1:36 of the third period.
While the loss was disappointing, the theme for the Blue Jackets during Friday’s practice was strictly about moving on.
Columbus has gone 5-3-3 in its last 11 with Curtis Sanford posting a 2.29 goals against average while starting all of those games since replacing an ineffective Steve Mason. Sanford’s first start was a 2-1 shootout loss at Boston on Nov. 17 in which the Blue Jackets held a 31-27 advantage in shots on goal.
Top scorer Tyler Seguin returned to Boston’s lineup Thursday after missing the Winnipeg game for missing a team breakfast.
Left wing Daniel Paille did not make the trip to Columbus due to a concussion suffered against the Jets.
Tuukka Rask started the first meeting versus the Blue Jackets, improving to 2-1-0 with a 1.90 GAA against them with two shootout victories. Two time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas is 0-1-1 with a 2.95 GAA against Columbus.
Boston Bruins – Tim Thomas
Columbus Blue Jackets – Curtis Sanford
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