In an abridged opening to the season, where the training camp was shortened and there were no preseason games, it makes sense if the hockey isn't the most appealing. The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen better days after losing to the Predators by a score of 3-1.
It wasn't all bad as the Blue Jackets did start the game with a little more vim and vigor. They opened the scoring thanks to a breakaway goal from Boone Jenner, which was unassisted. For the most part, in the first the Blue Jackets were the better team controlling pieces of play for long periods of time.
The second period saw the Nashville Predators tie the game up with a goal from Luke Kunin but even then, the game didn't feel out of reach. The Blue Jackets were still putting pucks on the net and were getting great goaltending from Joonas Korpisalo.
The true downfall came in the third period where the team came out flat and would only put up one shot through the first ten-plus minutes of the period. A goal from Filip Forsberg would give them the lead and later on in the frame with goaltender Joonas Korpisalo pulled, the Predators would score again putting the game out of reach.
The performance was flat for the Blue Jackets which could be expected given the circumstances around the beginning of the season. You do worry about the paltry offensive output and whether or not it will be a continued issue all throughout the season.
The only player missing from the lineup was Mikko Koivu who was unable to play due to Covid-19 protocols.
The Blue Jackets will take on the Nashville Predators again at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, January 16th at 8 PM EST.
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