The Columbus Blue Jackets are back home in Nationwide Arena tonight for Game Six of their first round series with the Washington Capitals. The Jackets are coming off of a devastating loss Saturday afternoon in Washington, falling 4-3 in overtime. Sergei Bobrovsky played an amazing game in net, but Nicklas Backstrom deflected a shot into the net in overtime, giving the Capitals their third straight victory.
The Blue Jackets are now faced with a Game Six match-up that they have to win, or else the Capitals will advance to the next round. After winning the first two games of the series in overtime, the Jackets have now lost three straight, and are clawing for some momentum in the series.
Game Five was a very hard-fought game, and both teams did enough to win the game. Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was so confident in his team, that he said they’d be back in Washington for a Game Seven while speaking in the Game Five post-game press conference.
Alexander Wennberg made his return from injury on Saturday, and everyone is healthy and ready to go tonight. Getting Wennberg back in the lineup is huge, as everyone moves back to their normal position with their normal lines at Forward.
The Blue Jackets have to come out with their hair on fire, and set the tone from the get-go. Sergei Bobrovsky is going to need to have another big game, but his team needs to help him out. The Jackets need to get more shots on net, and make quick, efficient line changes. There were more than a few times in Game Five where some Jackets took their time getting off the ice, and Washington would advance the puck up the ice and get a look scoring opportunity.
It’s do or die for the Jackets, win tonight and force a Game Seven, or stay home for the rest of the season. The puck will drop just after 7:30pm in Nationwide Arena, and the game will air on Fox Sports Ohio.