Coming off a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night, the Jackets visited the New York Islanders on Monday evening and failed to find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss.
With all the firepower the Blue Jackets added at the trade deadline, the struggles the team is going through is downright puzzling. Regardless of whether you chalk it up to bad luck, the shuffled lines, or an experiment gone wrong, the results on the ice don’t jive with the quality of the players in the lineup.
In their last six games, the CBJ have scored fewer than two goals five times, including three shutouts.
Although with just 13 games left there’s no time for silver linings, the Jackets have been playing better in their last few contests.
After the game, Pierre-Luc Dubois tried to remain optimistic following the loss, saying:
There’s not a lot of games left, but I know for a fact if we play like that with 13 games left we’re going to get a lot of wins.
Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock beat Sergei Bobrovsky 6:11 into the first period, then an empty netter with 90 seconds left in the game from Anders Lee sealed the 2-0 final.
Thomas Greiss, who shut out the CBJ on Valentine’s Day, making 31 saves on as many shots in a 3-0 Islanders win, blanked the Jackets again on Monday, equaling his save total of 31 in this latest matchup.
Blue Jackets Team Captain Nick Foligno, visibly frustrated, had this to say about the attitude the CBJ need to have going forward:
We’ve got to find a way to get the puck in the back of the net. We’ve got to stop ‘we did this well, that well.’ We’ve got to get serious about putting some goals in here. We’ve been shut out a couple times now this week. We’ve got to get some run support for our goalies so we can get some wins…That’s the only way you’re going to win: scoring goals.
Matt Duchene, also frustrated by the outcome, kept a positive outlook after the game, saying:
I think that’s three really strong games in a row and it’s unfortunate that we’re only 1-2. But at the same time, we’re still right there. We’re now even in terms of the team behind in games played and we’re ahead of them because of the tie breaker, so it’s not a bad spot to be in, especially if we take care of business tomorrow.
With no time to dwell on the loss, the Blue Jackets will head back home to Columbus to take on the Bruins Tuesday night, who will be playing their first game following an impressive 19-game point streak was snapped on Sunday when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins.