Three Things: The Failing Power Play Dooms the Blue Jackets to a Fifth Consecutive Loss

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 5, 2019 at 9:49 pm
Nov 5, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) reaches to steal the puck from Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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It was more of the same tonight in Columbus.

The Blue Jackets couldn't find a way to score more than one goal (courtesy of Boone Jenner) and fell 2-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The power play was an issue once again, and the Blue Jackets gave up their fourth shorthanded goal of the year that ended up being the game-winner for the Golden Knights. Shots were 30-25, Blue Jackets, but they just couldn't finish.

Let's get into tonight's three things.

Power Play Woes

The Blue Jackets' power play looks, quite frankly, like a mess right now. The zone entries are rough, and once they enter, the passing is sloppy. There aren't any good opportunities being created.

The unit went 0-4 tonight and gave up a shorthanded goal. John Tortorella has tried just about every combination of forwards and defensemen on the unit, so it's fair to ask whether this is a tactical issue at this point.

Where Are the Goals?

They have to come from somewhere, right? The Blue Jackets are having scoring difficulties this season, and you can't say it wasn't coming after the departure of offensive talent this summer.

Fingers can be pointed at almost every player on the roster. 2.33 goals per game aren't going to cut it, even when the Blue Jackets get stellar goaltending like they did tonight from Joonas Korpisalo.

Boone Scores a Snipe

Let's focus on a positive from tonight. Boone Jenner's fourth of the year was a pretty one, as he sent by Fleury to knot the score at 1-1.

It was quite the rip from Boone, who is now the Blue Jackets second-leading scorer.

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