Get a handle on defensive zone turnovers:
Turnovers in the defensive zone have been a major issue for the Jackets in the first three games. This allowed the Sabres to keep the game close during the first period of play on Thursday and provided several scoring chances for Buffalo. Boston plays a gritty, fast paced style of hockey, and they will make the Jackets pay if the turnovers continue.
Better communication Between Offense and Defense:
Thomas Vanek was left wide open in front of the net during the first period against Buffalo, and he easily scored the equalizing goal. The main reason…the defense and the offense were not communicating. The Jackets had the point covered perfectly, but they allowed Vanek to slip through unnoticed and he tied the game up. Both the defense and the offense need to be more aware in the defensive zone and communicate.
Avoid Getting Worn Down:
With two great goal tenders in net, and strong defensive play by both sides, this game has the makings of a hard fought defensive match up. Boston will be hitting hard and playing fast, so the Jackets needs to avoid getting worn down early. They need to stand their ground on defense and avoid getting drawn into bad penalties.
The Jackets goal scoring woke up on Thursday night, but they need to continue today at Nationwide. The best way to make this game easier on the defense and Bobrovsky is to get a nice lead early. The Jackets offense showed up right at puck drop on Thursday and scored a goal in the first two minutes. While Boston may prove to be a bit of a tougher match up than Buffalo, the CBJ need to capitalize early.
Tyutin is finally back in the lineup today, and he will bring some familiarity back to this young defensive core. Tyutin’s presence can further solidify the defense, as well as provide some much needed contribution from the D on the offensive side of the puck.
Take a look at the Union and Blue’s CBJ vs BOSΒ Pre-Game ReportΒ for more details on today’s game between the Blue Jackets and the Bruins!