Columbus Blue Jackets Falter Again, Lose 4-1 in Edmonton

By Kyle Morrison on March 21, 2019 at 11:38 pm
Tonight was not good for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

USA Today – Perry Nelson

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There are no gimmes in the NHL's 82-game schedule, but to call tonight's Columbus Blue Jackets loss in Edmonton anything other than a nightmare scenario would be underselling it. 

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 0 1 0 1
OILERS 0 1 3 4

The first period was a bit of a snoozer for both teams, as the two teams combined for just six shots. David Savard got Columbus on the board in the second period, but a late goal for Kyle Brodziak tied it up.

Zack Kassian scored in the second to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead, and the Blue Jackets couldn't put together a response. Connor McDavid added an insurance goal late, then Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put the Blue Jackets to bed quickly thereafter. 

The Oilers – who have been one of the league's worst teams this year – have now made the Blue Jackets look hapless twice in the last three weeks. 

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Montreal both won their games tonight, and the Blue Jackets now (temporarily, at least) find themselves in ninth place, and with more urgency than ever to right the ship.

What They Said

The Jackets struggled to find the back of the net again tonight and have now been held to one goal or fewer in six games this month.

“Finishing and creating offense is a problem for us right now so we have to figure out what’s going on here and I wish I had answers for you guys, I don’t really know what to say.”– Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene

Injury Update

Ryan Murray's return is still anybody's guess, but he did start some light skating earlier this week. 

Next Up

Columbus will finish up the road trip in Vancouver on Sunday before a Metropolitan matchup with the New York Islanders on Tuesday. 

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