After giving up nine goals to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, the Jackets came back to Nationwide Arena on Saturday night and were shut out against the Washington Capitals.
Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up 3 goals on 16 shots in the first period against the Washington Capitals. Head Coach John Tortorella said his starting goaltender wasn’t pulled due to his play, but the effort from the rest of the club.
The 4-0 loss in Columbus on Saturday night was a difficult pill to swallow, as the Jackets were vividly reminded of their struggles struggles at home against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, who won three times at Nationwide Arena last postseason en route to a championship.
The CBJ are 0-2-0 at home in the month of December after going 4-0-1 at NWA in the month of November. The Capitals not only defeated the Jackets 4-0 on Saturday–they also extended their winning streak in Columbus to four games if you include the first-round playoff series.
Torts didn’t have much to say after the game, due to not wanting to dwell on the negatives with his club.
There were plenty of negatives last week for the CBJ who were 1-2-0 in three games. Where do we start? How about Bobrovsky. Bob had a dreadful week, allowing 14 goals on 65 shots. That adds up to a lousy save percentage of .785. To put that into perspective, if you shoot the puck five times, one of those shots are going in.
While the optics of Bob’s week are terrible, there were other factors worth noting. The defense in front of him continues to give up too many odd-man rushes and has had too many poor clearing attempts. The puck seemed to be bouncing in favor of the opposition and there were several deflections in front of the net. All that being said, it still looks bad for Bob.
Let’s not forget the dreadful offensive performance against the Caps. Columbus was shut out for the first time this season on Saturday and the power play over its last two games is 0-9. Cam Atkinson’s 12-game point streak also came to an end.
Team Captain Nick Foligno wasn’t happy with the overall effort on Saturday night and mentioned that the club needs more “grit”.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be on home ice in their next five games. This coming after being shut out at home on Saturday and giving up nine goals in their building last Tuesday. We’ll see if the team can put aside some lackluster performances and step up their play at Nationwide Arena.