Another blowout loss.
The Blue Jackets post the NHL's third-worst goal differential at minus-52. 17 of their 24 regulation losses have come by three goals or more including their last two games, where they've been outscored 10-2.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 809th career NHL goal as the Capitals beat the Blue Jackets 6-2, handing Columbus its ninth loss in 10 games. #CBJ https://t.co/oEffgEOt07— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 6, 2023
Even though losses are to be expected during a rebuild, you'd like to see some competitive ones. While the Jackets have had some of those this season, they've been far outweighed by the blowout where it just feels like they don't have a chance.
The concern comes in when you look at the young players on the team like Kent Johnson and Cole Sillinger. You do not want them to get used to getting crushed game after game after game. That can stunt growth and development as much as anything on the ice can.
Another concerning aspect of this is that there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, at least for this season. Has there been any sign that this is going to change?
With the roster as it's currently constructed coupled with the number of injuries to this roster, there will continue to be more blowout losses. I guess the important thing after that is how the team responds. We will see.