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Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio Attendance: 18,656
Blue Jackets look to avenge Monday loss to Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs at Columbus Blue Jackets
- Toronto lost in Carolina, 5-2, just its second road loss this season. The Maple Leafs are looking to become the sixth team ever to win 10 of their first 12 road starts and the first since the 2015-16 Dallas Stars.
- The Blue Jackets were idle since losing, 4-2, in Toronto on Monday and snapping their seven-game points streak. Columbus has scored six power-play goals in its last seven games after tallying two in the previous 10; it is 5-1-1 in those seven games (was 4-5-1 in the previous 10).
- Toronto has won back-to-back meetings with Columbus after losing seven of the previous nine dating back to April 2015. The Maple Leafs have not beaten the Blue Jackets in three straight games since doing so from February 2004 to February 2008.
- John Tavares lit the lamp in the loss, his 14th goal of the season and seventh in his last nine games. Tavares has 26 points (14g, 12a) on the season, tied with Montreal's Max Domi for the most by any player who switched teams this offseason.
- Cam Atkinson has scored in five straight games and tallied 11 points (7g, 4a) in that span, second-most in a five-game span in franchise history (Artemi Panarin, 13 in March 27-April 5, 2018). Atkinson looks to become the third Blue Jacket ever to score in six straight, joining Rick Nash (December 2005/January 2006) and Geoff Sanderson (seven straight in November 2002).
- Pierre-Luc Dubois tallied a goal and an assist on Monday for his third consecutive multi-point game and fourth in five games. He looks to become the fourth Columbus player to log multiple points in four straight games, joining Rick Nash (twice), Artemi Panarin (March/April 2018), and Cam Atkinson's active streak.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets left Toronto on Monday night disappointed with the outcome of what they felt was a winnable road game.
The Blue Jackets led 2-0 after one period, but several defensive mistakes cost them, and the Maple Leafs rallied for a 4-2 victory that ended Columbus' three-game winning streak and a seven-game point streak.
Four days later, the Blue Jackets (12-7-2) will have an opportunity to right their wrongs when the two teams face off in a rematch on Friday night at Nationwide Arena.
Toronto comes in one point behind first-place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division and the Blue Jackets are tied atop the Metropolitan Division with the New York Rangers.
Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was clearly perturbed with the manner in which his team lost in Toronto. A defensive mistake on a faceoff left Toronto's Morgan Rielly open on the left point and he buried the winning goal.
"We played well enough to win," Tortorella said, "and not to get a point out of it off just a simple coverage off a faceoff, it just (ticks) you off.
"It's pee-wee coverage and we didn't handle it. It's frustrating."
The Maple Leafs (15-7-0) played a game between the two against the Blue Jackets, falling 5-2 on Wednesday night to the Carolina Hurricanes. Toronto had won four straight and nine of its last 10 on the road.
John Tavares scored one of Toronto's two goals and Frederik Andersen (12-6-0), whose 12 wins leads the NHL, made 40 saves but lost for the first time in his last seven starts.
Tavares leads the Maple Leafs with 14 goals in his first season with the team and Mitch Marner has team bests of 22 assists and 28 points.
As the Maple Leafs did against the Blue Jackets, they fell behind the Hurricanes in the first period, but this time they weren't able to catch up.
"Bottom line is we didn't get what we wanted here," Toronto coach Mike Babcock told reporters "Ideally, it's a good lesson for all of us. If we're not prepared, we have no chance at success, and we'll move on."
The Blue Jackets' recent success has revolved around its top line, led by winger Cam Atkinson, and improved play from goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (7-7-0).
Atkinson contributed a goal and an assist in the loss to the Maple Leafs, extending his goal and point streaks to a career-best five games with the first score of the game.
In the past five games, Atkinson has racked up seven goals three assists for 10 points. Named the NHL's First Star of the Week, Atkinson is now tied with Artemi Panarin for the team points lead with 22.
"I'm putting myself in good positions," Atkinson told The Columbus Dispatch. "I think that's plain and simple. My linemates are making good passes and I'm just burying them."
Linemate Pierre-Luc Dubois has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, and Panarin has four assists in the past two games.
"We're just playing confident," Atkinson said. "We know where each other is going to be on the ice, in the offensive zone especially, and we're working off each other. We're close to each other, supporting each other, and I think that makes a really big difference for us."
Updated November 22, 2018