November 8, 2014 - 7:00 PM EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio Carolina
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Raw Charge
Ugh. There's just not much to like about this game. The Jackets are tired. The Lightning had a day off. The Jackets have lost seven in a row. The Lightning have won four in a row. The Jackets can't score. The Lightning score all too often.
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed some negativity from me after last night's OT loss in Raleigh. I feel I should clarify. I still think this team--once it's healthy, if ever--is as good as almost any in the Eastern Conference. The problem that I see--and thus, the frustration--is that they're just not capable of beating anyone right now, and that by the time they get everyone back healthy and perhaps get into a groove, they may be so far behind in their division and playoff races that it may not matter.
I know it's early, and that the Jackets could win just one of these next two games and STILL be in better position than last year's club.
I also know, however, that we're currently just one point ahead of Buffalo for last in the Conference, and unlike last season, game #16 isn't going to ice a full roster that can start to climb like last year's club. They may be more than a quarter of the way through the season before everyone is healthy. Can we honestly just brush it off and say, "Oh, they'll be fine?"
They need to start winning games, or at least getting more points in losses.
Suffice it to say, I'm not optimistic tonight. The Lightning are loaded offensively, and though their defense is middle of the pack, the Jackets' offense is putting the fear of God into ANYone right now. It will be a battle of backup goalies, but the Jackets are going to have to play their most complete 60-minute game from top to bottom tonight to get a win, in my estimation. Having a stretch in a period where a team out-shoots you 14-1 (like last night's third period) is a good way to get embarrassed by this Lightning squad.
The Jackets made a roster move today in recalling Dana Tyrell from Springfield and sending Marko Dano back down. I think it's the right move. As the games have ramped up in intensity, it was clear that Dano just wasn't strong enough to compete at this level, and he needs "everyday minutes" in the AHL to develop. He'll be back someday, though, I'm fairly confident.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(4-8-1, 9 Points; 8th division, 15th conference)
|Scott Hartnell||Boone Jenner||Cam Atkinson|
|Brian Gibbons||Ryan Johansen||Nick Foligno|
|Matt Calvert||Alexander Wennberg||Jack Skille|
|Corey Tropp||Michael Chaput||Jared Boll|
|Fedor Tyutin||David Savard|
|Tim Erixon||James Wisniewski|
|Frederic St. Denis||Dalton Prout|
Tampa Bay Lightning
(9-3-1, 19 Points; 1st Division, 2nd Conference)
|Valtteri Filppula||Steven Stamkos||Ryan Callahan|
|Ondrej Palat||Tyler Johnson||Nikita Kucherov|
|Jonathan Drouin||Vladislav Namestnikov||Cedric Paquette|
|Brenden Morrow||Brian Boyle||J.T. Brown|
|Anton Stralman||Matthew Carle|
|Jason Garrison||Radko Gudas|
|Eric Brewer||Andrej Sustr|
11/08/14 - Tampa Bay at Columbus
12/06/14 - Columbus at Tampa Bay
01/31/15 - Columbus at Tampa Bay
Head to Head Stats
|3.62 (2)||GPG||2.46 (22)|
|2.54 (14)||GAPG||3.38 (27)|
|24.4% (5)||PP%||18.9% (16)|
|83.8% (11)||PK%||79.6% (18)|
|Steven Stamkos, 8||G leader||Nick Foligno, 6|
|Tyler Johnson, 13||A leader||Scott Hartnell / Ryan Johansen, 9|
|Tyler Johnson, 15||Pts leader||Ryan Johansen, 14|
|Radko Gudas, 18||PIM leader||Jared Boll, 28|
|11/06 vs. Calgary, W 5-2||Last Game||11/07 @ Carolina, L 3-2 (OT)|