The Columbus Blue Jackets may only have a one game losing streak, but the last four games have all been rough.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled as of late, starting mainly with the tough loss against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Vancouver Canucks come to Columbus tonight in a game the Blue Jackets simply cannot afford to lose.
Confidence seems lower than it has all season and as a result, the team can’t hold on to leads or keep the puck out of their net.
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The game against Washington seemed like the worst effort as a whole in a few seasons, not even just this season. The team didn’t seem to care that they were losing and that could cause issues going forward.
If the Blue Jackets lose tonight, it’ll be four of the last five but the fifth easily could’ve been a loss as well. A loss tonight would almost have to guarantee some sort of changes whether it be through player personnel or the coaching staff.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are too good of a team to be struggling the ways that they are. Zach Werenski needs to step up defensively, while Joonas Korpisalo and Sergei Bobrovsky need to make more saves.
Beating Vancouver won’t be an easy feat either, with likely Calder Trophy winning forward Elias Pettersson as well as future stars in Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat. They also recently added Josh Leivo from the Toronto Maple Leafs who’s been playing very well since joining Vancouver.
Defense and goaltending are the biggest weaknesses for Vancouver, as most of their defensemen are either getting up there in age or still young and developing while goaltending has been nearly as bad as the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It’ll be a hard game to win for the Blue Jackets, but it’s one they certainly can’t afford to lose.