3 Things: Western Canada Woes Continue, Chances Created But Not Finished, and Zach Werenski is a Bright Spot

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 19, 2019 at 11:56 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) reacts to a Calgary Flames empty net goal in the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames won 4-2.
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The Blue Jackets hit the post 4 times, and only put two in the back of the net.

The puck just wouldn't find the twine tonight, and the Blue Jackets fell 4-2 to the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Despite generating 33 shots on goal and 7 high-danger chances, Columbus struggled to finish plays and had to play from behind from most of the night. Despite a big push in the third period, they weren't able to catch up.

Here are three things from tonight. 

Western Canada Continues to Dominate

Teams from Western Canada (Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver) are now 4-0 against the Blue Jackets this year. All three have defeated the Blue Jackets at home, and now the Flames also have a home win against Columbus. 

The Blue Jackets have now given up 13 goals to Calgary in only two games this year. It's true that Calgary's a very good team, but that's 120 minutes of hockey that a team has owned Columbus offensively. 

Chances, But No Goals

The Blue Jackets generated several good looks at the net throughout the game, but were unable to capitalize on the ones that they needed to control the game. They hit four posts, which is an incredibly frustrating way to lose a game, but at the end of the day those looks need to go in the net. 

They registered a 53.06% CF and 52 shot attempts, but couldn't solve David Rittich for more than two goals. Scoring chances were 37-27 in favor of Blue Jackets, and 5v5 chances were 28-26, Columbus. It sure doesn't seem to add up to a 4-2 defeat, does it?

Zach is Back

A bright spot tonight was Zach Werenski's good play and increased confidence with the puck. In the first period, he gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead with a wrister on the rush, beating Flames goaltender David Rittich. 

It was Werenski's 11th goal of the season, and the lone helper came from Artemi Panarin. The Blue Jackets defenseman hasn't looked up to it at times this year, so an increased contribution from him down the stretch would be quite beneficial to the Blue Jackets' playoff aspirations.

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