Blue Jackets bounce back
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to even their four-game home stand at two games apiece on Friday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at the Nationwide Arena.
This after crushing the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday to snap a two-game skid that had seen the Blue Jackets loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, Seth Jones, Nick Foligno, Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson were all on target for the hosts, with Seth Griffith claiming a consolation for the Sabres late in the third.
Now tied for second in the Metropolitan Division with the New Jersey Devils, and a point adrift of the leaders the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus is in St. Louis to face the Blues on Saturday, before closing out the month of October by hosting the Boston Bruins on Monday.
The Blues were also in action on Wednesday as they got the better of the Calgary Flames 5-2 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Five different skaters were on target for the hosts with two late goals, one into an empty net, slightly padding the final scoreline.
The Blues lead the Central Division by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks in the early going, with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators all a couple of points further back.
St. Louis are 5000.00 to win the Central Division title, with the Blackhawks 5000.00 and the Predators 1.033.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Madison Garden in New York as the Rangers host the woeful Arizona Coyotes.
Stuck in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers can ill afford a loss to a team with just a single point after nine games played so far this season.
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