Plethora Of Scorers, Team-Wide Contributions Elevating Blue Jackets Offense

By Will Chase on November 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are scoring goals in bunches.

Just on the surface, they're putting up over three goals per game (3.29 per NHL.com) and that's good for ninth overall in the league.

Diving deeper under the hood, they are 15th in the league during 5v5 scoring with 30 goals on the season (32 goals against, per Natural Stat Trick). The club's power play is 10th in the league (22.5%).

They've already had two games this season in which they didn't even have a power-play opportunity, but started the year with power-play goals in the first four games with which they had the man-advantage. 

Then there are games like Monday against the Detroit Red Wings in which they whiffed on four opportunities, but generated quality chances and were buzzing as a result, spilling over into the rest of their game and eventual 5-3 win.

Just think how this team's offense takes shape once a healthy Max Domi and Patrik Laine are back in the lineup. 

Domi has looked impressive with four points (one goal, three assists) but has only been able to play in four of the Blue Jackets' 13 games due to his fractured rib injury and then bout with Covid-19. He's since cleared protocols and could be back on the ice for the team soon.

Laine has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and is currently on IR for 4-6 weeks recovering from his oblique injury. 

With the absences of Domi and Laine, this has opened opportunities for guys like Yegor Chinakhov, who delivered his first-career goal against the Red Wings and then won the game, 5-4, Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes in a seven-round shootout.

“He gets on the (shootout) list for me.”

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