By Chris Johnston The Columbus Blue Jackets have been struggling with goaltending woes for some time now, and it appears their troubles may have a lot to do with the puck, as they sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division and sit at .500 in their last five games.
The team’s woes are largely because of their lack of a consistent presence on the ice, and the team is currently sitting just one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
While the Blue Jackets may not be in playoff contention, they are certainly in the midst of a very tough stretch, and their goaltending has been a major factor.
It would be easy to focus on the lack of offense from Columbus’ current goaltenders, but that would be unfair to the team’s core of young, talented goaltenders.
The Jackets have struggled to score on the power play this season, and a good portion of the team has been left behind in the attempt to score.
Even with Jake Allen and Seth Jones both struggling with injuries, the Blue Jays have been one of the teams that has done the most to make up for that.
They are tied for third in the NHL in goals against per game (2.37), and have also allowed just 12 goals in 16 games.
Their defense has been solid, but it has been particularly bad this season.
They have allowed just six goals in their past seven games, and have allowed two of their goals in the last four games.
They need to do a better job of controlling the puck and preventing it from moving around the ice.
Their biggest weakness has been their inability to play through the neutral zone.
The Blue Jays currently sit at 13th in the league in shots on goal, and are currently shooting the puck at a rate of just 22.7 percent.
They’ve also struggled to create shots off the rush, which is tied for fifth in the entire NHL.
They rank 23rd in the League in shots against per 60 minutes (2,859), and are tied with the Devils in the neutral-zone goals against average (2.,927).
Their goaltending, in particular, has been struggling.
They sit just one win away from finishing the season with a losing record.
They’re tied for 29th in goals-against per game, and sit just four points out of a playoff spot.
The issue is not necessarily their goaltenders though.
The issues in net have been a lot more concerning than anything the team itself has been able to do in the playoffs.
They currently sit in the middle of the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 4-10-1, and only one point behind the Devils.
If the Blue Jackes fail to win the Atlantic this season and they are unable to turn the tide of this season’s struggles, it’s a situation that could make the Blue Jay fans very upset.
The Blue Jays need to make the playoffs if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They’ll need to finish with at least a point in each of their remaining five games to be in the hunt for a playoff berth.
If they don’t, it would seem that the Blue Jays season is over, and they’re now looking to make a play for a postseason berth.
Columbus has had a rough start to the season, as well.
Their 5-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres was the first time they’ve been shut out in a game, but they’re looking to start their campaign off right with a victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
The Wild are currently sitting at 5-11-1 and are still in last in the division.
The Jets are looking to avoid their third consecutive loss, as Winnipeg hosts the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.