(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have played just four times through the first two weeks of the NHL season, the fewest games of any team so far. The well-rested club will soon be quite active, however, as the Jackets play three games in four days starting with Friday's home showdown with Toronto.
After playing the Maple Leafs, Columbus will quickly head over to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins before returning home for a Monday night matchup against San Jose.
This will be the second time during the young season that the Jackets will play three times over a four-day span. Columbus started out the season with such a stretch and handled the workload well, recording victories over Chicago (5-4) and Phoenix (5-1) following a season-opening overtime loss to Vancouver.
The Blue Jackets then didn't play over the next five days and struggled as a result of the layoff. Columbus was outskated badly by the undefeated Minnesota Wild in a 5-0 defeat last Saturday at the XCel Energy Center.