Blue Jackets looking for spark from long home stand


12:39 p.m. ET Feb. 8, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets commanded the NHL spotlight earlier this season with a surprise 16-game winning streak, but lately they’ve struggled to play crisp hockey in consecutive periods, let alone in consecutive games.

The inconsistent play since the streak ended has the Blue Jackets searching for the right formula again as they embark on a seven-game home stand and begin the push toward the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“This is a huge part of our schedule, because we need to establish our rink as a tough place to play,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said.

Columbus is 7-8-1 since the 16-game streak — the second-longest in NHL history — was…

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