The Blue Jackets are bound for Boston, where they'll play the Stanley Cup champion Bruins on Thursday.

They'll do so in front of many of their fathers. For the third consecutive season, players' dads will join them on the road, this time in Boston and on Saturday at Nashville.

Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said the timing is good.

"I'm sure they'll get to spend some time together in the hotel rooms," Arniel said. "No better time to have them here. If they can say something or even just be there as support, our guys could certainly use it right now."

The 3-13-1 Blue Jackets followed a home loss to Minnesota with a tightly-run practice this morning.