Statistics are a major part of sports and help us determine how a team or player is progressing through a season. It may still be early in the NHL season, but I don’t believe it is too early to take a look at some important stats. The Columbus Blue Jackets currently sit with three wins and five losses and are situated in the middle of the pack in the Metropolitan Division.
After a 4 game losing streak, the Blue Jackets battled to a win against the Vancouver Canucks. Curtis McElhinney got his first start for the team and showed that he is a reliable back up. A great showing by R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen added to point totals for both. With three games in the coming week, let’s hope the Jackets can keep the momentum.
- The team has a total of 18 goals
- 3 – Marian Gaborik
- 2 – Jack Johnson, Nick Foligno, Artem Anisimov, Cam Atkinson, Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner
- 8 – Marian Gaborik
- 5 – Ryan Johansen
- 4 – Artem Anisimov, Cam Atkinson, RJ Umberger, James Wisniewski
- With players missing throughout the past week,
- +3 – Brandon Dubinsky, David Savard
- -3 – Blake Comeau
- Again with the best +/- is David Savard; he is truly NHL worthy. The worst +/- is Jack Johnson, which surprises me and doesn’t surprise me at the same time. He is often on the ice for the penalty kill and in tough moments, which is when the other teams score the most.
Sergei Bobrovsky‘s current stats
- GAA – 2.70
- Shots Against – 228
- Goals Against – 19
- Save Percentage – .917
Curtis McElhinney’s current stats
- GAA – 1.00
- Shots Against – 38
- Goals Against – 1
- Save Percentage – .974
- McElhinney put up a great game on Sunday and made some pretty tough saves. Todd Richards has said that Bobrovsky is still the starter, but McBackup is worthy of the NHL.