The Columbus Blue Jackets have not played a home game since November 15th – a 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens. That all changes tonight though, as the Blue Jackets take on rivals of old – the Nashville Predators. Two days after, Columbus gets a shot at redemption – facing the Oilers again, but this time at Nationwide Arena.
Since the 15th, the Blue Jackets have played 5 road games in 9 days, all against Canadian opponents – they ended the trip with a winning record of 3-2, but were outscored by a score of 14-15. It shouldn’t come as a shock that CBJ were outscored on the road trip – 4 out of 5 of the games had 5 or more total goals. Which brings me to the point of this article – comparing the stats of two blowouts, one in which CBJ was on the wrong end of, and the other coming against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS EDMONTON OILERS
Goals Scored: CBJ 0 – EDM 7
Shots On Goal: CBJ 14 – EDM 32
Penalties Taken: CBJ 6 – EDM 3
Total Penalty Minutes: CBJ 15 – EDM 9
Power Play Goals: CBJ 0 – EDM 3
Corsi For: CBJ 41 – EDM 54
Corsi For Percentage: CBJ 43.2% – EDM 56.8%
Fenwick For: CBJ 26 – EDM 43
Fenwick Percentage: CBJ 37.7% – EDM 62.3%
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Goals Scored: CBJ 6 – TOR 0
Shots On Goal: CBJ 22 – TOR 18
Penalties Taken: CBJ 3 – TOR 6
Total Penalty Minutes: CBJ 12 – TOR 18
Power Play Goals: CBJ 2 – TOR 0
Corsi For: CBJ 52 – TOR 54
Corsi For Percentage: CBJ 49.1% – TOR 50.9%
Fenwick For: CBJ 37 – TOR 34
Fenwick Percentage: CBJ 52.1% – TOR 47.9%
The goals scored may have been almost equal, but the two blowouts are quite different – the stats easily tell that story. Edmonton severely outshot Columbus in their 7-0 win, which you can see by the Fenwick numbers, and Corsi stats. On the other hand, when Columbus crushed Toronto, the Fenwick and Corsi stats are much similar - basically saying Toronto played better against Columbus than Columbus did in their loss to Edmonton (statistically).
A win is a win though, and I will take a 6-0 win every night! Comment below and share your impressions about the two blowouts and the stats!