Battery Mates: Game 75 (vs. Buffalo)

By Rob Mixer on March 28, 2017 at 10:11 pm
Seth Jones

You just watched the game. Odds are you thought a certain player had a great night, and you're wondering if the numbers back up what your eyes told you. Even if that's completely false, "Battery Mates" is here to help.

We'll pick our own three stars based on Game Score, a comprehensive individual performance metric developed in the hockey analytics community. For more on how Game Score works, read this.

These are 1st Ohio Battery's three stars from Tuesday's 3-1 win over Buffalo:


The Blue Jackets again struggled on the power play and weren't particularly dominant at even strength, but their goaltender is certainly earning his hefty paycheck. Bobrovsky has not lost in regulation since the club's bye week (10-0-2) and has four shutouts in the month of March alone. John Tortorella referenced his top guys "struggling to make a play" following tonight's game, but thankfully, Bobrovsky is in prime form as the club drives toward the postseason. He made 41 saves tonight to pick up his league-leading 41st win of the season.


While Tortorella was shuffling his forward lines throughout the game, one of the constants was the top defense pairing of Jones and Zach Werenski. Jones logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 win, and was one of their better players in terms of driving offense at even strength. Jones was +5 in 5-on-5 Corsi tonight (60.8%) and was elevated to the No. 1 power play unit, but the power play is a different story altogether.


This was one of Saad's most noticeable games of late, and he looked like a threat regardless of which line mates he was skating with. He finished with four shots on goal, put the game on ice with an empty-netter (giving him 50 points for the third consecutive season) and finished the game with a 5-on-5 Corsi of 55.6% in just over 15 minutes of ice time.


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