The Blue Jackets wrapped up their five game road trip in Madison Square Garden tonight. After the first period, I doubt you could have found many who would have believed the game would end in a shootout, but the boys in union blue managed to find a way to crawl back, get one point, and challenge for the winner point as well. The team won a total of 5 of 10 possible points on the trip. Let’s take a look at the three stars of the game as defined by NHL.com:
That was an interesting game. First in a storied barn such as the Bell Center, the Jackets seemed a bit overwhelmed at first but put up a strong showing – they just came up short on the scoreboard – which is of course, where it matters most. We got to see Carey Price be Carey Price. I had thought the Habs would have gone farther last season if Kreider hadn’t
taken him out slid into the net during the post season causing an unforeseen injury.
Anyway, the Jackets are still doing well on this 5 game roadtrip – 2-2 so far, with the Rangers looming. Let’s take a look at the three stars from tonight’s match as stated by NHL.com:
This is the kind of game that reminds you exactly why we love the sport so much. While this game lacked some of the snarl of last year’s Philly-Columbus matchups, it had a few storylines with both teams trying to see if they can claw back up the rankings at all for the playoffs as well as the celebration of former Flyer Scott Hartnell’s 1,000th game. It had drama – as there were some interesting non-calls and the culmination of the Jackets storming back from a 3-1 deficit to ultimately win 4-3 in overtime.
It was a fun night and a great way to send off the home team before they hit the road for their next 5 games. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:
In the fourth of five meetings this year between the Jackets and the Capitals the Jackets found a way to come off the All-Star break confident and persistent. They beat the Caps 4-3 at Nationwide Arena and Curtis McElhinney stood tall in net. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com:
The Blue Jackets are now on a four game losing streak. The first three seemed to show uninspired hockey, but last night was different. After a significant line jumbling by Todd Richards, and the addition of rookie Josh Anderson, the Jackets showed tenacious, physical, offense-minded hockey. They outshot the Rangers, they out possessed the Rangers, but Lundvist out-saved the Jackets. And that’s the tale of the tape.
Let’s take a look at the three stars for the game as named by NHL.com:
Merry New Year! Well that was fun. After an unsteady start marred by three penalties and lackluster offensive production, the Jackets came back to win in a defining way by controlling the third period and bringing home a 3-1 win on New Year’s Eve. The victory brings the Jackets record for the month to an unbelievable 10-1-1 which marks the winningest month in Blue Jacket history. A hearty crowd of just over 18,000 people showed up for fireworks both during and after the game. Let’s get on to the three stars as named by NHL.com
Well it had to happen some time. The Jackets suffered their first regulation defeat and only second loss overall in the last ten games last night to the Nashville Predators. It was a weird game – for those who follow possession-based stats, last night marked the best Corsi showing of the Jackets in quite some time. One can argue that score effects – a trailing team works harder to score when there is a goal differential of 2 or more, and a leading team takes their foot off the gas a bit in the same scenario – were in play, but the Jackets still put up a respectable CF% of 45.71% at even strength in the first period which ended zero-zero. It really seemed to come down to the disallowed goal (by Foligno) that took the focus out of the Jackets’ game and led to a loss. This team needs to play better because bob is going to be average from time to time and last night was one of those nights. Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com
Oh hey there, CBJ! Four wins in a row, undefeated in December and a rallying first team goal for a waiver pickup that just turns out to be a game winner (nice work Kevin Connauton). The team still isn’t where they want – or need – to be, and unfortunately this win came at the cost of giving an in-division opponent a point as well (preventing what Jackets faithful would at least be a tie in the standings after tonight). But here we are, winning feels better than losing and a nice little rivalry continues to brew. Let’s take a look at the three stars as decided by NHL.com:
Well hey, that was fun! The Jackets broke the recent losing skid by beating the
return of Derek MacKenzie’s team Florida Panthers 2-1. After the game last night, some were saying that the game wasn’t “exciting” or “good hockey” but I, for one, was very encouraged to see some spirited play from the team and a rather consistent effort, even if it didn’t always show statistically. As they say, points are points no matter how you get them. The two newest players back in the room, Kerby Rychel and Michael Chaput, showed up and did exactly what called up players are supposed to do – give the team a jump and help propel the team to a win. Possession wise, it was a weird game. At even strength the Panthers had the Corsi advantage of 57% for the game, but the Jackets won the final frame, at 53.85% Corsi for which was enough to keep the Panthers from sneaking in a tying (or heaven forbid) game winning goal. (An interesting note, is that the Jackets HANDILY won the first period Fenwick battle at 62.50% – 20 blocked shots for the CBJ on the night) Let’s take a look at the three stars as named by NHL.com.
Well. The Jackets fell 5-0 at home on Black Friday to the Vancouver Canucks. It was a weird game. If you’re a possession stat person, the Jackets played well and competitively on paper. Take a look at this shot chart:
If you compare this to recent Jacket games, it’s the best the CBJ have done in hanging with an opponent and staying equal or better in offensive output – especially through the first two periods. But as Nick Foligno said in post-game interviews, the team doesn’t seem to have the confidence to survive getting scored against, and the goals against rained down in the third.
Let’s take a look at the three stars courtesy of NHL.com: