Let the California trip begin. First for the Columbus Blue Jackets is the San Jose Sharks in the Shark Tank (SAP Center). This is the first meeting between these teams this season, and what better way for each team to get a couple points by playing each other as they have not been hot as of late. The Sharks have only won 2 of their last 7 games where the Jackets have only 2 all year.
The Sharks made several major roster changes since missing the playoffs last season. Todd McLellan left the Sharks to coach the Edmonton Oilers, and brought in former New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer. The Sharks dealt Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars for a conditional draft pick. The Sharks also dealt a 2016 1st round pick and a prospect to the Boston Bruins for goalie Martin Jones. The Sharks let Matt Irwin (BOS) and John Scott (ARZ) walk, but added veterans Joel Ward and Paul Martin.
As for the Jackets, the lineups are changing again as Alex Wennberg is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. As a result, Torts will be getting a look at Jared Boll.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad- Brandon Dubinsky- Boone Jenner
Matt Calvert- Ryan Johansen- Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell- William Karlsson- Nick Foligno
Jared Boll - Gregory Campbell - David Clarkson
Jack Johnson - David Savard
Ryan Murray - Cody Goloubef
Kevin Connauton - Fedor Tyutin
Scratched: Rene Bourque, Dalton Prout
Injuries: Alex Wennberg (lower-body
San Jose Sharks
Joonas Donskoi - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Tomas Hertl - Joel Ward
Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow - Bryan Lerg - Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson
Injured: Logan Couture (broken leg), Ben Smith (head)
Scratched: Karl Stollery
Things to Watch
1. Nick Foligno- with the captain struggling over the past bit, expect him to break out tonight.
2. Paul Martin- he was a guy the Jackets pursued this summer, and with him winding up joining Peter DeBoer in San Jose, let's see how he performs tonight.
3. Fast Start- both teams are looking for a spark to turn their slumps around, and expect them to come out fast.
Enjoy the games tonight. More to come...