Three Takeaways From the Blue Jackets 5-3 Preseason Win Over St. Louis

By Coby Maeir on October 2, 2023 at 10:12 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues left wing Sammy Blais (79) in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets improved to 2-2-1 in the preseason following Monday night's 5-3 win over the Blues.

Here are three takeaways from the contest:

Dmitri Voronkov Is A Specimen

Anybody can see that Voronkov is huge. His 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame is hard to miss on the ice. However, the way he uses his body, specifically in this play that leads to Justin Danforth's goal, is impressive and a good sign for the Blue Jackets. It's going to take time for him to adjust to the North American game, but he continues to show flashes of being an effective NHLer.

Jet Greaves Impressed

Greaves, who has been the Blue Jackets' top goaltender in training camp, stopped 36 of 39 shots (.923 SV%) and posted 1.46 goals saved above expected, per If he continues to play like this, it'll be hard to keep him off the roster. 

Penalty Kill Struggles Continue

After going 3/6 on the penalty kill on Saturday, the Blue Jackets short-handed unit went 2/4 on Monday. The Blue Jackets penalty kill ranked 8th-worst in the league in 2022-23 at 75.1%, and while it's only the preseason, the last two games have to raise some concerns. 

What isn't concerning is the fact that the Blue Jackets didn't blow another three-plus goal lead again. They stayed composed after the Blues cut the lead to one. 

The team is back in action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET when they host the Buffalo Sabres.

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