This is a statement game. For both teams. For the Blue Jackets, it’s about desperation. They’re in a battle to secure a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ideally, the one that doesn’t face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
For the Flames, it’s an opportunity to show they’re not happy just making the playoffs — which they did Sunday without breaking a sweat when the Minnesota Wild lost. They’re looking to prove they’re motivated by more.