Part of the battle of improvement is knowing where your weaknesses lie and where your strengths can save you. The Blue Jackets aren't starting from scratch but they know they have some work to do to get to the point they want.
Did the Blue Jackets play a better game tonight than they did Tuesday? You could say that. For stretches of this one, they controlled play and created a volume of scoring chances they could only dream of a few weeks ago.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ series against the Nashville Predators told two different stories. One game was a dominant 3-0 shutout performance, and the other was an abysmal effort in a 4-2 loss that could have been much worse.
The Columbus Blue Jackets got absolutely boat raced by the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Considering the struggles the Predators have had this season, that is a huge red flag from a Blue Jackets’ perspective.
Elvis Merzlikins of Riga, Latvia may not have had the start in the 2020-21 National Hockey League regular season as he had in 2019-20, but on Thursday night against Nashville, he recorded his first shutout of the season.
It’s time to move on. That’s what both John Tortorella and Patrik Laine said yesterday in the wake of his benching. “We’ve moved on, we’ve talked about it and it’s going to stay in the room,” Laine said.