Blue Jackets Postseason Outlook

  • 4/19/2017 9:13:54 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- It may have taken 18 years, but Columbus finally scored a regulation playoff victory on Tuesday night when the Blue Jackets staved off elimination with a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh in Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The win on home ice extends the series to Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena, but how much of a chance does Columbus really have to win the next three games against the defending champion Penguins? WMFD's Travis Berardi explains with three key points that favor both sides of the series.

On the positive side, Berardi notes that the Jackets have beat the Pens three times already this season and that Pittsburgh has a few key defensive players missing from the lineup due to injury. The biggest plus he see's for Columbus, though, is the poor play of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who has allowed nine goals in the last two contests.

 The bad news for Jacket backers is that their team is down 3-1 to a team that has a ton of playoff experience. Pittsburgh also boasts arguably the best trio in hockey with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, which could be the biggest challenge Columbus faces in their fight to stay alive.

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