Blue Jackets Drop Season Opener 4-1 to Carolina and Lose Patrik Laine to an Upper-body Injury

By Coby Maeir on October 12, 2022 at 9:42 pm
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A tough start to the Blue Jackets' season.

The Jackets weathered the storm to start the game and traded chances with Carolina. The most notable chances Columbus had were both when the third line of Gus Nyquist-Cole Sillinger-Justin Danforth was on the ice. The first of which was a Jake Bean shot in front of the net off a nice back pass from Nyquist and the second one was a backhand pass by Danforth that went off the skate of a Hurricanes defenseman. Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen was able to stop both shots. 

Both teams were scoreless after the first period, with each team posting 10 shots on goal. However, the Jackets had a 0.71-0.28 xG advantage, per

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The Jackets scored their first goal of the season just 11 seconds into the second period on a Patrik Laine wrist shot. It's his first of the year and Zach Werenski picked up his first helper of the season.

Columbus nearly doubled its lead nearly five minutes later on two high-danger chances, one on a right-circle shot by Laine, and another on a deflection from Boone Jenner.

Carolina evened the score just 18 seconds later after Jack Roslovic's backhand pass from behind the net was taken away by Seth Jarvis who fired a backhand shot by Daniil Tarasov. 

Near the end of the Jackets' first power play of the night, Cole Sillinger spun around Brent Burns and fired a shot past Andersen's short side that temporarily gave Columbus a 2-1 lead with 7:27 to go. However, the goal was called back for offsides.

With just 90 seconds left in the second frame, Brady Skjei's left point shot went through traffic and found the back of the Columbus net to give Carolina a 2-1 lead.

That would be the score at the end of the second period. The Jackets had a 14-13 edge in shots on goal and a 1.06-1.46 xG disadvantage.

Carolina's momentum continued in the third period after a Voracek turnover led to a Martin Necas goal that gave the Canes a 3-1 lead with 13:31 to play in regulation.

With 11:42 to play, the Canes added to their lead on a goal by Andrei Svechnikov that came from a tough angle and a goal that Tarasov would probably want to have back.

Carolina would hold on to win 4-1 and hand the Jackets (0-1-0) their first loss of the season.


  • SOG: CBJ 32-43 CAR
  • 5v5 SOG: CBJ 31-37 CAR
  • 5v5 xG: CBJ 2.58-3.16
  • All situations xG: CBJ 2.75-3.77 CAR
  • Power play: CBJ 0/2, CAR 0/2
  • Faceoff%: CBJ 39%, CAR 61%
  • Hits: CBJ 26-22 CAR
  • Giveaways: CBJ 11-16 CAR

Injury Update

Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins missed tonight's game with an illness. 

Patrik Laine left tonight's game in the second period with an upper-body injury.

Next Up

The Jackets return to play on Friday night as they'll host the Tampa Bay Lightning in their home opener. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.

Columbus will have their first back-to-back of the season as they'll head to St. Louis to play the Blues on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The game will be on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.