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Can the Columbus Blue Jackets Recover Their Season? Here Are Four Things They Must Improve


November 2, 2015 – Will the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are 2-10-0 in 12 games this season, be able to recover under newly hired head coach John Tortorella?

Well, they’re at the bottom or near the bottom of the league’s totem pole in nearly every essential category to winning hockey games.

First: they have 25 goals scored and 46 goals against as a team – so Tortorella’s system of gritty defense [special emphasis on shot blocking and hard-hitting], might be the right approach to stabilizing that adverse ratio. It’s imperative they start becoming a more physical team that’s willing to block shots and sacrifice their bodies to prevent goals.

Second: penalty kill and power play. Their penalty kill is ranked dead last amongst all 30 teams in the National Hockey league at 71%, having given up 11 goals (more than any other team) on total 38 penalties they’ve taken – reflective of not being able to keep pucks out of their own net.

Third: they’ve had 48 power plays so far this year and have only scored 8 times. Let that sink in.  That stat is dead last in league standings and MUST be improved if they have any intention of getting somewhere this season.

Fourth: face offs. They’ve won 42% and rank 26th in the league!  Centers have to win draws in order to win games because otherwise you have limited puck possession time, and you cannot win if you’re not in possession of the puck. It’s a very underrated statistic, but so important.

So, again, can the CBJ get back to being a competitive team this season? – talent is there, but the work needs to be done.

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