On Wednesday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets started their three game road trip out west in Los Angeles against a Kings team that was unbeaten at home. LA had racked up six straight wins inside of the Staples Center and not many people thought Columbus would be the team to stop them.
However, the Blue Jackets came in focused and were able to pull off the victory and hand one of the Western Conference's best teams their first home defeat.
The game was back and forth, with the Blue Jackets watching two one goal leads disappear in the first two periods. L.A. would finally take their first lead in the third period, but it didn't last long as Jared Boll tallied his second goal of the year to tie the game at three. Rick Nash would record his 7th goal to give the Jackets the lead and would later bury a empty net goal to seal the deal for Columbus. This is the seventh straight season where the young captain has led the team in scoring.
The Blue Jackets win comes after another blowout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, who have outscored Columbus 10-2 in their two games against each other.
Throughout the year, the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled with consistency. They have yet to establish a winning streak more than three games and have had back and forth play from goaltender Steve Mason. Backup goaltender Mathieu Garon has played exceptionally well winning four of the five games he has played in, posting a .951 save percentage.
In able for the Blue Jackets to have any hopes of making it to the postseason, they are going to have to start playing consistent hockey, game in and game out. In a division where every team has a shot at making it to the postseason, there is little room for error.
So after a huge victory to start off the road trip, here are some things to watch for in tonight's match-up with the Anaheim Ducks.