Columbus Blue Jackets: 3 Things We Want to See vs Detroit

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 3: Pierre-Luc Dubois
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Score a Power Play Goal

Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 17: Anthony Duclair (91) of the Columbus Blue Jackets looks on in the third period of a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres on September 17, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. The Sabres won 4-1. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before. The Columbus Blue Jackets power play is, yet again, in the bottom tier of the NHL. The Jackets have scored one power play goal in their last six games. They are only scoring on 15% of their power play opportunities this season, good for 22nd in the entire NHL.

It’s a great sign for the Jackets 5v5 that they are scoring 3.6 goals per game, the 3rd highest in the league, but are getting absolutely nothing from their special teams. Sooner or later though the terrible power play will cost them games.

Against the elite teams in this league, scoring on the man advantage is necessary. Those prime opportunities can’t be passed up. As the Jackets head out to play three good teams in California, getting the power play rolling against Detroit would be nice to see. Building the momentum as the Jackets get ready for their road trip would not only help them win tonight, but turn a three game winning streak into a four or five game winning streak.

The Jackets scored a power play goal against the Red Wings on opening night. That was their first goal of the entire season. Getting another tuck on the man advantage is a big key to tonight’s game for the CBJ.