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Morning Thoughts: Blue Jackets can’t find the accelerator against Coyotes


Presented with a chance to return to the .500 mark in the young season, the Blue Jackets never got a start while soaking up a 6-3 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena. The Coyotes (2-4-0) led 2-0 after one period, 4-0 after 40 minutes and 5-0 early in the third before heading home in a game that dropped Columbus to 3-5 -0. Johnny Gaudreau, Kent Johnson and Andrew Peek scored for the Blue Jackets, while Shayne Gostisbehere’s two goals led Arizona.

Game in five minutes

Video: CBJ recap: Gaudreau, Johnson score in loss to Coyotes

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1. It was an odd game in that Arizona never really had a territorial advantage – at 5-5, the Blue Jackets had 63.8% of shot attempts and 71.9% of expected goals – but felt like the Coyotes were in control for most of the night.

But Arizona did what it took to claim the victory, scoring first on the power play and then adding a second run-of-play goal later in the first quarter. Columbus could have stabilized after holding a 25-9 lead on shot attempts in the first period, but the Jackets instead fell a bit in the second and the Coyotes added two more goals, including a power-play scorer.

By the time it was 4-0, it was pretty clear that it wasn’t going to be the Jackets’ night.

“We’re falling behind,” head coach Brad Larsen said. “Third base is a killer. We lost three and then it was a fun game in that we never had traction. We froze the puck at the wrong time. You couldn’t get your lines rolling .a bad atmosphere throughout the game.We couldn’t find our game tonight.

In many ways, it felt like the polar opposite of Sunday night’s game, in which the Jackets entered Madison Square Garden and picked up a 5-1 victory over the high-flying Rangers. In this one, Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first, extended it to 3-0 in the second and secured the advantage from there by playing good defense and never letting the Rangers embark on the transition. It was an equally effective game plan for the Coyotes.

“It was just a team playing with a lead tonight,” Zach Werensky said. “They weren’t doing anything crazy. They were getting pucks. We had our chances, but we really didn’t have too many A grades. It’s just a tough game.”

2. Coming in, you could rationalize that the Blue Jackets were the only team left in the NHL without a power-play score. The Blue Jackets had only had the power play 15 times in seven games and had the lowest power-play time per game in the league. They also worked without Patrick Lainewhose shot from the left side adds danger to any power play he is on.

But that night, Columbus had five power-play scoring opportunities and still went scoreless, pushing the team to 0 for 20 on the year. Laine got back on the ice and fired three at least 90 mph shots on Arizona goaltender Connor Ingram, but there were times when the power play couldn’t even get into the area to prepare, let alone threaten.

“Our power play has to be something that helps our team, and that’s not the case this year yet,” Werenski said. “It’s easy to go back and say we had good chances and good performances, but at some point we have to put the puck in the net. If we do that tonight, maybe it will change the outcome of the game.

Laine’s return will surely help in the long run, and Larsen pointed out that the Finnish sniper didn’t even practice with the team before returning to the roster, so the chemistry will take time to build. to build. Against the Coyotes, special teams played a huge role in this game.

“The power play sucked the life out of us,” Larsen said. “I’m not surprised how chemistry is ending right now. We need to get together and start getting chemistry fast because we’re going to need it.”

3. You can point to any reason why the Blue Jackets lost the game, but it all comes down to one simple fact: They just weren’t the best team that night, from start to finish.

“It came out of nowhere,” Larsen said. “Who did you like tonight? I’m looking at my lineup. I don’t know if we’ve been gassed. I don’t know if it’s the five games in eight days. I have no idea. Maybe ‘they all have the flu I don’t know, but we didn’t have enough gas tonight.”

It’s kind of weird to say that in a game where Natural Stat Tip had 12 of 18 CBJ skaters above 60% in xGF% at 5-on-5, but it was also a game where Arizona didn’t have to score for most of the contest. The Coyotes took an early lead, won the special teams battle and frustrated the Blue Jackets from there, and Columbus couldn’t find the necessary answer once behind.

“It’s difficult,” said Gaudreau. “Good game, bad game. I can’t do this all year. We came out flat. They got ahead of us and we never got back into it.”

game quote

Larsen, when asked if he understood the fans who booed the team – and in particular the power play – at times during the game: “Oh yes, of course I understand. You’re kidding me Yeah, we don’t want to play like that. Yeah, 100%, I understand that.”

nerd stuff
  • Returning from injured reserve after missing six games, Laine went 24:31 and had 12 shot attempts (five on net).
  • Johnson’s goal extended his goal streak to three straight games and his point streak to four games (3-1-4).
  • Peeke’s goal was the seventh of the year for CBJ defensemen, tying the Islanders the most in the NHL. Peeke also tied his tally for all of last season and scored back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • Gaudreau now has points in all five home games this season (5-2-7) and goals in four of five games.
  • With an assist on Johnson’s goal, Nyquist is now one point shy of 100 (35-64-99) in his CBJ career.
  • Boone Jenner played his 597th game with the Blue Jackets, tying David Savard for fourth all-time in franchise history.
  • One game after earning his first NHL victory, Daniil Tarasov wasn’t as sharp, allowing four goals on 12 shots against before being lifted for Elvis Merzlikins (five stops).
  • Adam Boqvist did not play the final 16:24 after blocking a Gostisbehere shot.
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Not much to say after that one, but we dig Matt’s designs.

Tweet from @zekebud: Game 8, doodle #CBJ. Listen: I understand the game is in Columbus. I know they don’t play in Tempe until February. I know I know. I always wanted to try this. Coyote logo rules, and I wanted to see if Stinger could follow. Probably not? Anyway, I liked thinking about it. pic.twitter.com/igx9L1BVYg

Thanks also to CBJ digital media intern Athena Markowski, whose reaction to Laine’s pregame form helped her gain social media fame during the game.

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: Cool 😎@Nationwide | #CBJ https://t.co/ksBcmjMqDj pic.twitter.com/Rb6goNqdCO