The Vancouver Canucks (6-4-5) continue their road trip through the East Coast with a matchup against their former Head Coach John Tortorella and the Columbus Blue Jackets (4-11-0).

The Canucks are hoping to turn the corner and secure their first win of the 7 game road trip. They’re entering tonight having dropped three consecutive games and a loss tonight would equal a season high winless streak of four straight games.

Jacob Markstrom will start in his first game of the season after suffering an injury late in the pre-season. During that time he turned a few heads with his high level of play between the pipes. Last year critics suggested Markstrom may never form into an NHL caliber goaltender. He understands that there may be doubt around his game and given his firm approach to the year, he’s ready to prove those doubters wrong.

Jake Virtanen is out of the lineup. He might have suffered an injury in his first NHL fight against Devils’ forward Bobby Farnham on Sunday but that has not been confirmed. Keep in mind Head Coach Willie Desjardins had planned to give rookies a few nights off throughout the course of the season. Tonight could be that first night.

The Blue Jackets were booed on home ice earlier this year. Their poor start to the season was a surprise to many as the club was penciled in as a playoff contender in the East before the season started. They have not won a home game and are 0-5 on home ice.

After starting the year 0-7-0 the Jackets decided to replace Todd Richards with none other than John Tortorella. His return behind the bench sent shockwaves through the league as it was expected he might never secure another Head Coaching gig. Clearly the Jackets needed a spark and Torts provides that. His tenure in Vancouver was entertaining off the ice but the product on the ice was tough to watch. The Canucks failed to make the playoffs and played inconsistently with a 4-9-2 January, a 1-4-1 February and a 6-7-1 March.

From storming the Calgary Flames locker room to benching Roberto Luongo in the Winter Classic, the Tortorella era was never the right fit in Vancouver. He knows hockey and provided an honest and direct approach to fans and the media, but his decisions ultimately sent him packing. It was a short chapter but one that fans will hesitate to review as a lot has changed and the club for the most part, is heading in the right direction.