Giving the team a grade after two games in the season may seem a little early, but, first impressions mean a lot. With the Columbus Blue Jackets record at one win and one loss, I think it is a perfect time to share some first impressions.
I took the time to grade the Blue Jackets after their opening night game against the Calgary Flames (Grading The Columbus Blue Jackets Opening Night Play), and the overall grade given was a C+. The defense really brought the team down on Friday night, because in my opinion, the forwards, goaltending, and special teams played decent.
If I had to grade last nights game, it would probably end up around a C+ or B-. Yes they won the game, but it wasn’t pretty. Winning games in the third period in that fashion can really take a toll on a team. It is a good thing the Blue Jackets don’t play another game until October 10th, because they will need a good breather. This short break also gives them an opportunity to look back at the previous two games to find their issues, and correct them in practice.
High points in last nights game against the Islanders were separated by a horrible second period. The first period was played well, they matched the tempo set by the Islanders early, and they even controlled play for quite some time during the first twenty minutes.
The third period wasn’t better than the first period until Letestu scored on the power play. Once that occurred, the momentum shifted drastically back towards the Blue Jackets. Umberger and Foligno showed the energy that was gained and scored what some may call a lucky goal, but it was a goal nonetheless. You know the rest of the story, if you don’t, check out our post game recap and reactions here.
When grading the Blue Jackets performance please take these aspects of the game into account: the overall play of the forwards, defenseman, and goalie. Also take into account how the power play and penalty kill has performed. Please leave the coaching staff out for now, that will be coming at a later time.