St. Louis (24-25-7) at Columbus (28-23-6), 7:00 p.m. EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ shoddy
power play is costing them games. Considering how tight the
Western Conference is, it could spell their fate at the end of
the regular season.
Looking to bounce back from a deflating loss to a conference
foe, the Blue Jackets look to improve their special teams when
hosting the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Columbus, which possesses the worst power play in the NHL
(30-for-242, 12.4 percent), was 1-for-6 on the man advantage in
its 3-2 shootout setback to the Dallas Stars on Monday.
The Blue Jackets are tied with Edmonton for the eighth and final
spot in the West with 62 points.
Prior to that loss, Columbus posted a four-game winning streak,
which was highlighted by the return of rookie goaltender Steve
Mason, who missed three games while suffering from
Strong defensive play has certainly negated Columbus’ struggles
with the man advantage as it has surrendered seven tallies
combined over the past five contests.
Meanwhile, St. Louis is aiming to notch its third straight
victory and will likely count on netminder Chris Mason to shine
in his 13th consecutive start.
The Blues, who are coming off a 2-1 win over the New York
Rangers, have yielded one goal in their last 120 minutes, 3
seconds of play.