The Columbus Blue Jackets spent their Monday night getting shutout by the New York Islander’s hot goaltender Thomas Greiss in a 2-0 loss. The Jackets will spend the night lingering onto the final playoff spot.
Thomas Greiss has the Columbus Blue Jackets number. Plain and simple.
Going into tonight, the Jackets knew this New York Islanders team was dangerous. Predicted to miss the postseason and finish last after the departure of John Tavares this offseason, the Islanders currently sit in FIRST PLACE in the Metropolitan division.
This is the Jackets THIRD loss to the New York Islanders this season, previously being SHUTOUT the last time out by Thomas Greiss once again 3-0, and back on December 1st, where the Jackets lost 3-2. Whether it was the Nassau Coliseum atmosphere, or just the team, the Jackets track record in New York is less than stellar.
The Jackets have struggled to string together wins all season, much less recently they’ve struggled to even score multiple goals a game, much less any in tonight’s case. But there were a decent amount of positives in my opinion to take away from this game.
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Josh Anderson was unbelievable tonight. He has been the past few games, but he stepped it up the past few weeks as a physical leader, and has made quiet the impression on the ice. Along with his new linemates this game, every time they were on the ice they were dangerous.
Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, who both played with Anderson tonight, looked phenomenal with their chemistry, and all around had amazing chances all night long, despite not putting one in. This is a line I would like to see continuing towards crunch time.
Sergei Bobrovsky also had a stellar outing this evening, but unfortunately when the team can’t score, only letting one goal in will count as a loss. While discouraging, and once again feeding into the remove Bobrovsky rumours due too record, by no means should this loss be blamed on Bob.
Will the team bounce back tomorrow night against a young Boston Bruins team (who are coming off a 4-2 loss against Pittsburgh by the way)? We’ll find out soon enough, but the Jackets need to solve their lack of scoring problem and fast.