Blue Jackets Host Capitals in Pivotal Game Four

Blue Jackets Host Capitals up 2-1 in Series

Artemi Panarin and Zach Werenski celebrating with Pierre-Luc Dubois. Photo by Paul Vernon/AP Photo.

Your Columbus Blue Jackets are back home in Nationwide Arena again tonight for Game Four of the First Round series with the Washington Capitals. The Jackets hold a 2-1 series lead, but neither team has come away victorious at home yet. The Blue Jackets are looking to put an end to that pattern tonight, and take a 3-1 series lead heading back to Washington on Saturday.

The Capitals came away with a 3-2 win in double-overtime in Game Three Tuesday night. Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin scored goals for the Blue Jackets, but a bouncing puck went off of Lars Eller’s skate in double-overtime and slipped past Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winner. Here are the highlights from Game Three.

It’s been a roller coaster ride throughout this series, and it would be a surprise if tonight’s game was any different. The Capitals have scored the opening goal in all three games in the series, the Jackets would love to get an early goal and keep the crowd rocking.

The game almost feels like a must-win for the Blue Jackets. The Jackets took the first two games in Washington, and would be demoralized if they dropped two games in Columbus. Some fans are feeling worried about the Jackets’ 2-1 position right now, but that’s only because the Capitals won Game Three. If the Jackets split the opening two in Washington, and won Game Three to be sitting with a 2-1 series lead, everyone would be ecstatic.

Sergei Bobrovsky and Braden Holtby are expected to be in net this evening. Washington’s Andre Burakovsky and Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg will be out due to injuries. Everyone else is a little banged up, but should be able to go tonight for Game Four.

The Puck drops in Nationwide Arena just after 7:30pm tonight. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Ohio. Get out to Nationwide if you can this evening, support your Jackets and help them take home a big win. If you get there early enough, you could be lucky enough to witness another on-ice projection before the game.