Three Things: Top Line Buzzing, Self-Inflicted Mistakes, And The Penalty Kill Concedes in The Blue Jackets 3-2 Loss To the Arizona Coyotes

By Coby Maeir on November 16, 2023 at 10:06 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a save with Arizona Coyotes center Logan Cooley (92) looking for a rebound during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The losing streak is now seven.

After opening the scoring in the second period, the Blue Jackets conceded three straight goals before scoring late to make things interesting. However, they couldn't find the equalizer and lost 3-2 to the Coyotes. They are now 4-9-4. 

Top Line Buzzing

The Dmitri Voronkov-Adam Fantilli-Kirill Marchenko line produced plenty of offense tonight for the Blue Jackets. At five-on-five, they were on the ice for 12 shots on goal, 14 scoring chances, and six high-danger chances, producing 1.08 on-ice expected goals, according to

At all strengths, Fantilli recorded 10 shots on goal, Marchenko recorded six, and Voronkov registered four. 

More Self-Inflicted Goals Allowed

The Blue Jackets' inability to clear their defensive zone reared its ugly head on Thursday, as that's what led to Arizona's first goal of the game. 

These mistakes continue to cost the Jackets game after game. If they persist throughout the season, the Blue Jackets will certainly have one of the league's worst records.

Penalty Kill Finally Surrenders

For the first time since Oct. 26, the Blue Jackets conceded a power-play goal. The club entered tonight's game with the league's third-best penalty kill at 89.4% but allowed the game-winner to Logan Cooley. 

The Blue Jackets killed one of two penalties tonight, and their short-handed unit continues to be a positive. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will try and snap their losing streak on Saturday in Washington, D.C. when they take on the Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio. 

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