A new season meant a new conference and division for the Columbus Blue Jackets (5-6-0) this year, and a new division meant new rivalries. For the first time in organization history, the Blue Jackets are in the same conference as the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-4-0).
Any Ohio citizen knows the history of rivalries that seem to come from every Ohio team and their Pittsburgh opponent, so it only makes sense that the Blue Jackets follow suit.
This Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd will be the first two of five total meetings this season between the two organizations. The first of the games will be at 7pm in Pittsburgh at CONSOL Energy Center and the following night the two teams will face off at 7pm at Nationwide Arena. Many fans from both cities are expected to make the trip on both nights to cheer on their teams.
While this is the first time the two teams are in the same division, they still have an exciting history from their past matchups. Both organizations are hoping that the history between the teams will lead to exciting games this upcoming weekend.
While we still have a few days of practices before the games, the Blue Jackets are appearing strong and should have the majority of their players ready by Friday, with the exception of Matt Calvert, Nathan Horton, and Cody Bass.
That being said, the Blue Jackets are coming off a tough loss from last Sunday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks (9-3-0). It was an exciting game full of emotions, especially when Brandon Dubinsky was ejected from the game for game interference and misconduct for hitting Saku Koviu in the face during the second period. The Ducks fought hard and with just 2:25 left in the game they pulled ahead on a goal scored by Corey Perry.
The Penguins have had a successful season so far, but Wednesday night they have to face off against the Boston Bruins (7-3-0). This game will be exciting to watch because it is the first time the teams have met since the Bruins swept the Penguins in four straight games during last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. It will be an emotional and hard game and the results could impact how well the Penguins are able to play on Friday and Saturday.
It will be an exciting weekend for Blue Jackets fans everywhere with these two rivalry games. Win or lose, the fans will proudly rep their team with pride.
The first puck drops at 7m Friday, until then we can just wait in anticipation.
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