The Boston Bruins will travel to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night for their first away game of the season.
The Bruins fell to the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Thursday night, making it their first loss of the 2013-14 season. The scoreless shutout on Thursday was the first time in 100 games that the Bruins failed to score a goal. The last time they went two straight games without scoring a goal was Nov. 1 and 3, 2009.
The B’s had 39 shots on Av’s goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere but couldn’t get one by the 36-year-old goaltender. After the game, Boston expressed that they needed to get more bodies in front of the net to create traffic in front of the net. Boston will have to do that if they want to beat the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Blue Jackets will be without former Bruin standout Nathan Horton as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. Horton injured his shoulder in the playoffs last season during a fight with current Bruin, Jarome Iginla. Marian Gaborik has led the way thus far for Columbus scoring two goals and recording three assists through the first three games.
When the Bruins played the Avalanche on Thursday, they went up against the No.1 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Nathan MacKinnon. On Saturday night, they will be going up against the No. 2 pick in the 2012 Draft, Ryan Murray. Murray played for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League last season before making the roster in Columbus this year. Murray has one point through three games this season.
The last time the Bruins and Blue Jackets faced each other was in the 2011-12 season. The Bruins won both meetings, outscoring the Blue Jackets seven to four.
Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.