I think a look at our offensive number would indicate that it IS
I think it's more likely that the Coyotes force Columbus to play their defensive game. Our offensive numbers are fine anyway, the total is not important, it's the difference between GF and GA that is critical. The Yotes score more than they give up and Columbus doesn't. And thinking about it more, when I say the Coyotes will force the defensive game on Columbus as likely, with all the due respect to CBJ, they don't HAVE a game right now. Columbus's game right now is losing, a lot.
I'm not saying staying out of the box isn't important, but with the Coyotes defense Columbus could easily get 1 PP goal on 5 chances, 1 even strength goal. The Coyotes would pot two of their own and the third goal would probably go to the Yotes simply because the Jackets have been terrible. And like I said, #8 PK is nothing to sneeze at.
EDIT: Also as a minor note, I'm listening to the CBJ radio feed, and I like them playing the anthem. Can't go wrong with Patrick on the radio.