Game 3, 0-3. The New York nightmare continued Monday afternoon as the Columbus Blue Jackets continued their trek up to Western New York to face the Buffalo Sabres during a Columbus Day matinee.
Upon getting pummeled in the home-and-home by the New York Rangers over the weekend, the Blue Jackets, eager to avoid another slow start to a season, might have appeared to have an easy time coming up against the 0-2 Sabres. Think again.
The plan, of course, for the team talking playoffs, was to start the season off hot; something the Jackets rarely have been able to do in recent years. Now 0-3 for the second time in their history, the Jackets look to break the streak against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at Nationwide.
Columbus was up against it from the start Monday afternoon, forced with the task of killing two straight penalties, which they did. They got back to a simple game plan, moving the puck and grinding. Then, in the last 40 minutes, that all disappeared as it went back to what much the last two games displayed – bad defense, not moving the puck or dictating the play.
The Jackets have been outscored 13-6, and four of those six have been scored on the power play. If only the other units on the ice could start clicking.
Amidst talks of possible lineup changes before Monday’s game, Todd Richards opted for the status-quo, keeping line combinations much the same as through the first two games.
Expect some more notable differences come Wednesday night. The players, namely Foligno talked about the effort needing to be better. While the team is assuredly frustrated and saying all the right things, it has to be backed up and proven on the ice. Now.