Jackets know there will be ‘consequences’ if they don’t start winning


They’re not making a change in goal, but the Columbus Blue Jackets will have a couple of new faces in the lineup tonight at home versus Toronto.

Per Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus DispatchCody Goloubef will replace Kevin Connauton on defense and winger David Clarkson will get a chance to play his old team while coming in for Jared Boll.

The Jackets (0-4-0) and Leafs (0-2-1) will each be trying for their first win of the season.

The good news? One of them is guaranteed to get it.

Theoretically, Columbus should be the more desperate side, as “off the rails” and winless in their first four was not how things were supposed to go for this team.

“I think everybody realizes the consequences,” center Brandon Dubinsky told reporters. “Players, coaches, management, we all get it. But you can control what you can control. Until they make a change, whatever it might be, we have to go out and execute. We have to do our jobs.”

On the other hand, this is exactly what was expected for the Leafs, so there’s a bit less pressure on them. Heck, the biggest “hockey” news yesterday in Toronto was that Nick Spaling and Nazem Kadri nearly caught Jose Bautista’s home-run ball.

As mentioned, Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Columbus. For Toronto, it’ll be James Reimer.

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