BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) vs. ISLANDERS (1-2-0)
Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, Nationwide Arena
(Subject to change)
Vladislav Gavrikov – Adam Boqvist
Elvis Merzlikins (confirmed starter)
*Head coach Brad Larsen says:
Carlsson isn’t expected to play
Werenski will play after missing practice Wednesday
Merzlikins will return to the net
MOST NOTABLE NEWS
The Blue Jackets’ 42.9-percent success rate (3 for 7) on the power play ranks tied for third in the NHL. … Nine different Blue Jackets have a goal in the first three games.
Columbus had the youngest opening roster in the NHL at an average of 25.71 years old
Tonight’s game starts a three-game homestand for the Jackets, with games to follow Saturday (Carolina) and Monday (Dallas)
The teams did not play last year as they were in separate divisions. Columbus went 1-1-1 against the Islanders in 2019-20, with the last game a 3-2 victory on Dec. 23, 2019, in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Columbus is 5-1-1 in the last seven vs. New York in Nationwide Arena.
The Jackets will try to go to 3-0-0 in Nationwide Arena to start a season for the third time ever.
This is the first game against a Metro team this year
While the new UBS Arena at Belmont Park is being completed, the Islanders are on a 13-game road trip to start the year
Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin is expected to play against the CBJ for the first time in his career.
This Day in CBJ History
Oct. 21, 2015: John Tortorella was named head coach of the team after Todd Richards was relieved of his duties. The seventh full-time coach in CBJ history, he would go on to lead the club to a 34-33-8 record the rest of the season, then four consecutive playoff bids from 2017-20.
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