The Blue Jackets played decent hockey for the entire game against Nashville, except for a ten second span near the end of the second period. During that span, Jakub Voracek skated his butt off to negate an icing call against the Jackets. But he was the only one hustling on that play, because the defense of the Jackets was not ready to play. Jason Arnott scored the Preds’ third goal with just twenty-seven seconds left in the period. Instead of a safe tie at the end of the period and momentum building, the Jackets had to start all over again and work hard just to obtain a tie.
Rick Nash finally cashed in on another scoring chance for the Jackets’ third goal, but that one should have been the winner. Oh well. Maybe next time.
The game did have a lot of positives and I was content to get the loser point. The team showed that it may be turning the corner and played strong hockey throughout the contest. Nothing funny from either team in this game, an unusual observation to make when these two play in Nashville. Jordan Tootoo was quiet but effective in 10:55 minutes of ice time, with one point and no penalties. The usual suspects got the goals for Nashville; Erat, Arnott, with Arnott and Sullivan also getting shootout goals. Some of the usual suspects scored for Columbus, too. Rick Nash had a nice breakaway, Raffi Torres had another power play goal, and the newly emerging Kris Russell had a goal and assist. It would be nice to see Umberger and Vermette score some goals, but they seem to have gone cold lately. Kristian Huselius had two assists and nearly had a goal himself, but Samuel Pahlson had the best opportunity, a short, clear breakaway in OT.
The Jackets need to have more players scoring. If they are to improve upon last season, Voracek and Derek Brassard should both hit the twenty goal mark. Umberger should be near thirty and Kris Russell needs to have forty to fifty points. Same from Tyutin. And then you have Chimera, Stralman, and Dorsett. Shouldn’t those three be good for 150 points? The team has shown that keeping the puck out of their own net is going to be tougher this season. So how about working on some offense?