After the first month of NHL action, the Columbus Blue Jackets have come out of camp starting the season showing fans that they are the same bunch of scrappy never give up team that they were a year ago. After the game on Tuesday October 28 they are currently 4-5 8 points and sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference only 2 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot though early in the season.
Ryan Johansen who held out of all of training camp along with the entire preseason hasnt missed a beat at all. He currently has a point in every game this season with 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points. The line of Johansen, Hartnell, and Foligno has developed chemistry from the drop of the puck in the first game. Foligno also has a point in every game that he has played in this season before getting hurt. Johansen has a new record for the Blue Jackets by having a point in 9 straight games and 15 dating back to last season.
The top 5 leading point scorers for the Blue Jackets are Johansen with 5 goals 6 assists for 11 points. Hartnell 1 goal 9 assists for 10 points. Foligno 3 goals 6 assists for 9 points. Cam Atkinson 4 goals 2 assists for 6 points. Mark Letestu 3 goals 2 assists for 5 points. Sergei Bobrovsky is 4-4 with a 2.81 Goals Against Average and a .908 Save Percentage while making 207 saves out of 228 shot attempts.
Guys are going to have to step up with the rash of injuries and this is the time for younger players or players who don't get much ice time to provide a spark this team needs. Still early in the season and a lot of people would rather have the injuries happen now rather than later in the year closer to the playoff push but they still have to find a way to win games against both good teams and teams lower than them. They can't play down to the other teams level or they will find themselves losing games that they should win and can put a damper on everyone from fans, players, and everyone throughout the originization. As always Carry The Flag and Battle On!