The Columbus Blue Jackets have been a roller coaster offensively. Many nights with one goal on the score sheet and not much more.
They saw another example of it against the Montreal Canadiens where they lost 3-1 at the Bell Centre. It was a disappointing loss considering the number of shots taken. Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner was at the top of the score sheet in multiple categories including hits (11) and shots on goal (7)
"We can't start like that it hurts us," said Jenner post-game. "Obviously and then you go down two. You know, in the second and third we did a lot better but it comes back to the start."
Jenner is one of a few Blue Jackets that can't be faulted by his effort, on top of his output in both hits and shots on goal, he contributed two blocks and almost six minutes of ice time on the power play.
He is getting the most ice time of his career at and is playing in the defensive zone more than he ever has. It is affecting his shot differential numbers, he is near the bottom of the team in even strength metrics.
Despite it all, there were opportunities on the power play and Jenner knows that the team had a real chance if they could've converted.
"Yeah, we had quite a few opportunities," said Jenner. "But it's huge, I mean in games like these they (Montreal Canadiens) got one and we didn't and we had opportunities like you said. It's just about finding a way to get it done. You know, in these games it's crucial, it's the special teams. When you have a chance, you've got to bury it."
Jenner is getting opportunities as evidenced by his scoring chance and high-danger chance numbers that illustrate that despite getting shots taken against him while on the ice, they're mostly kept to the outside. It also goes without saying that Jenner has a nose for the net when seeing the stark difference between those numbers.
Intangible qualities end up finding the box score and Jenner is a player that consistently fills up the sheet.