St. Louis Blues  v Columbus Blue Jackets

“Game of the Night” is a feature that takes a daily look at the best game on the NHL schedule, and sets it up for you. So y’know, you should probably watch the game below. This is brought to you by the Werner Ladder Company (check out their hockey vid here), because how else do you think the bulbs in the red goal light get changed?

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Who:

Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues. SO MUCH BLUE.

Records:

Columbus Blue Jackets: 16-14-7 (last 10: 6-2-2), T-9th in West, 39 points

St. Louis Blues: 19-14-2 (last 10: 6-4-0), 8th in West, 40 points

Justification:

The Blues and Blue Jackets are battling it out for the final seed in the Western Conference, and don’t look now, but CBJ actually kinda looks legit.

Head-to-head:

The Blues too all four available points from the previous two meetings.

Puck drop: 8:00 p.m. EST

Need to know:

* Both teams are coming off tough road wins (St. Louis in Chicago, Columbus in Nashville, where they hadn’t won in six years)

* Both teams are kinda rollin’ – the Blues have back-to-back wins, and the Jackets – who, by the way, I want to start referring to as ‘Lumbus, because the Kings social media guy does – have won three in a row.

* Lumbus just added Marian Gaborik and Blake Comeau up front, and also got Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno back from injury. So, y’know, like I said: kinda legit right now.

* Gaborik had two points including the game winner in his debut with the team, and forward Matt Calvert has five points in his last four games.

* The Blues have a couple new additions on the blueline to watch: Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold.

Player stats: 

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Injuries (via NHL.com):

Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll (lower body) and defenseman Tim Erixon (upper body) are out. … Blues forward Scott Nichol (soreness) is out. T.J. Oshie (bruised left foot) and Halak (groin) are on injured reserve.

Goaltenders:

Columbus Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky (confirmed)

St. Louis Blues: Jake Allen (unconfirmed)

What I’m looking forward to:

The New Look Columbus Blue Jackets!

In all honesty, if you give their roster a once-over, the group of forwards isn’t that bad, especially when you add an eye-popping name like Marian Gaborik. It immediately takes them from “hey, here’s a bunch of players you can talk yourself into” to “they might not be so easy to defend.” He’s a game-breaker, and that allows other players to get less attention which gives them a better chance to have success.

I’m also excited to see if Jay-Bo can make a difference for St. Louis, and take them from a team that could disappoint and miss playoffs to a team that could do damage in the post-season.

Prediction:

As much as I’m rooting for Lumbus to have a good year and maybe make playoffs, the Blues are simply the superior team, and playing at home tonight. Blues will win a good game.

Game of the Night prediction record:

9-8-0