Three Things: Blue Jackets Offense Sputters For Second Night In A Row

By Chris Pennington on January 20, 2019 at 12:12 am
Nick Foligno's Columbus Blue Jackets struggled offensively against the Minnesota Wild, though Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall with 29 saves.

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Two goals in two nights is a recipe for back-to-back losses in today's NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets let up two goals early and let the pace be dictated by the Minnesota Wild for a majority of the night in their 2-1 loss.

Looking just at the scoreboard, it seems like it would've been a nice goaltender battle, but Devan Dubnyk of the Wild only had to stop 19 shots, including just 11 in the final two periods.

Here's tonight's edition of Three Things:


One-Way Goaltender Battle

Sergei Bobrovsky was under fire tonight from the Wild almost as much as he has been from Blue Jackets fans the past week since "the incident".

He has not played well since the holiday break, but bounced back tonight with 29 saves tonight, with no goals allowed after the first period.

It will be interesting how John Tortorella plans on moving forward with the goaltender situation laid in front of him - with the trade deadline approaching, is it possible we just witnessed the last game Sergei Bobrovsky will ever play in a Blue Jackets uniform?

Scoring Dry-Spell 

After only recording one goal against the Montreal Canadiens the night prior at home, the Blue Jackets repeated themselves offensively and only had one tonight. The biggest difference is that they barely tested Dubnyk, who is 17-16-3 on the season with a 2.64 GAA. Yikes.

Artemi Panarin had the lone goal of the game on a Blue Jackets power play, which was 1-for-4 tonight.

The Blue Jackets held only 38.89% of the scoring chances tonight between the two teams, and only had four high danger chances compared to the Wild's nine.

Penalties-R-Us

The Blue Jackets are known to be one of the more disciplined teams in the league (ranked 30th in just 6.6 penalty minutes per game). And though they only had eight total penalty minutes tonight, the flow of the game was consistently broken up by Jackets penalties.

And for some reason, the stars of the club were the ones getting handcuffed tonight.

Seth Jones has the most average minutes for the Jackets per night, and is just barely in the top-ten in the club in penalty minutes, but had four minutes of his own tonight. Cam Atkinson also took a face-palming slashing penalty while the Jackets were on the power play.

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