COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two teams that were knocked back on their heels in their last game will be looking to get their skates under them Thursday night.
The New York Islanders fell behind 5-0 and lost the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Wednesday. One night earlier, the Columbus Blue Jackets also dug themselves a 5-0 hole after two periods and were rocked by the Edmonton Oilers 7-2.
The Blue Jackets (19-11-1) are tied at the top of the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals, but it doesn't seem like they're a first-place team.
Despite having the worst power play in the NHL and struggling to score goals, the Blue Jackets had been winning with strong defense, penalty killing and the goaltending of Sergei Bobrovsky. But everything and everyone broke down against the Oilers.
"I think that's what bothers me the most, is that we still have put some wins in the bank and I still don't think we've seen our team be the team that I think we can be," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "That's a very dangerous situation, a team that we can be ... we need to be.
"We always talk about potential. That's a killer. So we're going to keep on working at it, find some solutions to it and see if we can get some good things to happen for us." << Read more