Three Things: Inconsistency Continues To Be The Storyline For The Columbus Blue Jackets

By Chris Pennington on November 5, 2018 at 12:30 am
Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Cam Atkinson gets tripped up fighting for a puck on Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
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We're all running out of ways to react to inconsistent Columbus Blue Jacket performances.

After a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, it seemed like the Jackets were ready to begin to separate themselves from their inconsistency. 

Any hope of that was flushed away in a 4-1 loss to the last place Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. And tonight, a yawner of a game proved the Jackets are still not in a position to establish themselves as an elite club in the league.

Walking away from the annual California road trip with three points isn't the worst outcome, but finding a rhythm will surely continue to be stressed for the team in the near future. 

Power Play Slump

If every panic button hasn't been hit by now, they need to be.

In the last five games, the Jackets have failed to score a power play goal, and have let up three short-handed goals during that time.

The Blue Jackets were 0-6 on the power play tonight, bumping their third-worst-in-the-league power play percentage to now the worst in the league, at 10.7%. 

6 for 56.

Joonas Korpisalo As The Silver Lining

After solid performances to start the season that didn't look great on paper (3.99 GAA), Joonas Korpisalo finally had a game where the state sheet reflected his work. 

Two goals allowed in regulation on 29 shots was the story for Korpisalo, allowing his team to stay in the game until the end. Being left out to try on a back door pass in overtime shouldn't taint his performance.

The so-called drama of the goalie situation between Korpisalo and Sergei Bobrovsky has been relatively quiet since the California trip began. Both had solid performances over the weekend, with Bob struggling a little bit on Saturday against the Kings.

As tradition for Torts, we likely won't know the starter for Tuesday against the Dallas Stars until that morning.

Jackets Steal A Point

If you stayed awake to watch the game, you know the Jackets didn't give an effort to deserve a full two points in this game, let alone one. 

Players seemed to be fired up after an alarming loss to the Kings the night before, but not much passion was translated to tonight against the Ducks. The Jackets were *only* outshot 30 to 26, but the scoring chances seemed to be lopsided. 

If a team manages just three shots in the first period, and has six opportunities on the power play and whiffs on them all, you wouldn't expect them to have a real shot to win a game. The Jackets had some luck tonight.