The Blue Jackets drop to a 1-2-0 record following a shutout loss to the Red Wings.
The Blue Jackets had an uninspiring night on Monday, losing 4-0 to the Detroit Red Wings after their 5-3 win against New York.
At 8:51 into the game, the Red Wings' Shane Gostisbehere broke the scoring open with a one-timer off a feed from Joe Veleno.
Both teams had one power play opportunity in the first period, but neither team was able to capitalize. Puck possession through one was near even, 50.1% to 49.9% in favor of the Jackets.
The second period turned really ugly, really fast. Red Wings Michael Rasmussen scored 7:45 in. Damon Severson turned the puck over trying to find Adam Fantilli on the breakout.
A few minutes later, Dylan Larkin scored a beautiful goal, walking through the Jackets defense and putting the puck in between the legs of Spencer Martin.
Just over a minute later, Andrew Copp cleaned up a rebound on the Red Wings power play to make it a 4-0 game.
The third period saw the first Blue Jackets fight of the year. Erik Gudbranson dropped the gloves with Klim Kostin after Kostin laid a hit on Cole Sillinger.
When it was all said and done, James Reimer got his first shutout since March 28th, and the Red Wings walked away with a 4-0 win.
- The first period seemed solid. While the Red Wings scored the only goal, the Jackets looked strong.
- If the Blue Jackets want to win, they have to take less penalties. That was the biggest issue tonight.
- Cole Sillinger and Alexandre Texier were the only players for the Jackets who I consistently noticed tonight.
- It's nice to have Texier back in the lineup. He will make a difference wherever he is, and he can also play special teams.
- Goaltending was below average, with Spencer Martin saving 24/28, good for a .857 save percentage. Elvis cannot come back soon enough.
- David Jiricek still has time to settle into NHL hockey. My vote is to keep him in Columbus this year and find a way to get him in the lineup when Zach Werenski (quad) returns.
- Damon Severson did not play a single shift in the third period.
The lineup was significantly different than Thursday's home opener. Kent Johnson and Adam Boqvist both drew in for the second time this season, while Andrew Peeke and Matthew Olivier looked on from the press box as healthy scratches.
Elvis was not in the building tonight, as he is still battling an illness. No word yet on whether he will be good to go Friday.
Daniil Tarasov is still hurt, and there is also no word yet on his return.
The Jackets have a dilemma with their crowded defense, especially when Zach Werenski returns from injury. They've been discussing a trade with the Vancouver Canucks to bring in Connor Garland, but there's no official word on it yet. There are some big decisions looming. The two names that have come up the most in the rumors have been Andrew Peeke and Jack Roslovic.
The Blue Jackets host Calgary on Friday. You can catch the game on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 the Fan.
Ian Phillips (@ianphillips9) for Yamo Media