Whether it was due to the ice conditions or opening night jitters, turnovers in the neutral and defensive zone cost the Blue Jackets last night against Calgary. They need to secure the puck and then make a move. The Islanders are a fast team and John Tavares will once again make the Jackets pay if they cough up the puck.
Less is More:
The CBJ wanted a win last night. I don’t doubt for one second that they give it their all last night. However, I felt a few of the veterans were trying too hard and were compensating for some of the younger players in the lineup. James Wisniewski appeared to be tying to cover for Ryan Murray and in the offensive zone the Jackets were trying to make big plays, rather than simply putting the puck on net. Everyone loves highlight real, tape to tape passes like the Gaborik to Johnson PP goal, but a goal off a rebound is worth just as much.
Coach Todd Richards shuffled the lines up last night, looking for the best pairings. I hope tonight the lines could settle in a little and build some consistency with the pairings.
Better Play on Defense / Shut Down Tavares:
Bobrovsky can’t do it all. That was the lesson learned last night. If they Jackets leave a player wide open in front of the net, there is a good chance he will score. Lapses in the defensive zone proved costly to the Jackets last night. With the high octane Islanders offense tonight, the defense will have to step it up if they want to keep John Tavares off the board.
The Jackets looked like a team with a lot of pressure on them last night. Opening night in front of a full house will do that to a young team. Now that they have the big game out of the way, the Jackets need to relax and play like the team they can be. While they showed moments of skill and hung with the Flames the entire night, the big difference in last night’s game was that the Flames were playing their 2nd game in two nights.
Take a look at the Union and Blue’s CBJ vs NYI Pre-Game Report for more details on tonight’s game between the Blue Jackets and the Islanders!