One. Tonight, it looked like the Columbus Blue Jackets’ travel finally caught up to them as they fell 3-1 to the San Jose Sharks for their first regulation loss since Oct. 15 — the last time they played the Sharks. They looked a step or two behind most of the game and could not generate many offensive plays. The seven-minute goal review in the third period seemed to invigorate some energy into the team, but they could not keep their legs going to generate more offense in the final few minutes of the game. The Blue Jackets will need to find energy when they play the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of their back-to-back in a few hours.
Two. The Blue Jackets’ special teams also slowed down tonight, as they failed to score a power play goal on their three opportunities and allowed two power play goals on two opportunities. The power play still looked solid, but after five games with really good statistics, the NHL’s No. 1 power play and No. 2 penalty kill units will likely not be at the top of the league anymore after tonight’s performance. There will be nights like these this season, so it is not anything for Blue Jackets fans to be super concerned about.
Three. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky played well for the sixth straight game, stopping 26 of 28 shots he faced. He kept his team in the game, but did not receive the offensive support he needed to get the win. Again, it is a great sign that Bobrovsky is playing some of his best hockey lately, but the Blue Jackets need a full team effort to stay in the win column.