After getting off to the best start in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets have lost eight of their last nine, and have been outscored 37 to 27 over the same span.
The Jackets blew a chance at getting well against lowly Toronto when the Maple Leafs came to Nationwide Arena last Thursday.
The leafs scored twice in the first and three times in the second to jump out to a 5-1 lead.
Columbus’ Jason Chimera recorded his first point in 13 games with a third period goal that brought the score to 6-1.
The Jackets outshot Toronto 36-25 but were unable to capitalize when given the opportunity.
After allowing four goals on 14 shots, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason was pulled in favor of Mathieu Garon, who made nine of 11 saves.
This game marked the return of former Blue Jackets’ captain Adam Foote, who two seasons ago demanded a trade back to his former team.
Foote was booed by the Columbus faithful every time he stepped on the ice or touched the puck.
After a scoreless first period of play, Colorado took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission courtesy of Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk’s 11th and 12th goals, respectively.
Jason Chimera and Jakub Voracek both scored in the third for Columbus, but it was too little too late after Chris Stewart’s fourth goal of the season sealed the 3-2 Colorado victory.
Again, Columbus outshot their opponent, this time 31-19.
Yesterday, Columbus General Manager Scott Howson announced that the club has traded forward Pascal Pelletier to St. Louis in exchange for defenseman Brendan Bell and forward Tomas Kana.
According to Howson, both players have been assigned to AHL Syracuse.
Bell, 26, has seven goals and 21 assists in 101 career NHL games with Toronto, Phoenix and Ottawa.
This season, Bell has totaled four goals and 13 assists in 22 games with the Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis’ AHL affiliate.
Kana, 22, a third round pick in the 2006 entry draft, has tallied six assists in 11 games with the ECHL Alaska Aces.
Power Play Watch:
The Jackets were 2-5 with the man advantage against Toronto and 0-5 against Colorado. This brings the season total to 27-144, or 23.7 percent.
Columbus is second in the NHL on the power play, behind only Washington who converts on the pp at a rate of 24.4 percent.
Columbus killed off all three power plays opportunities against both Toronto and Colorado. That brings the new season total to 100-127, or 78.7 percent.
The Blue Jackets currently rank 19th in the NHL in this category, up one percent from a week ago.
With the recent losses, the Blue Jackets have managed to fall all the way to fourth place in the central with 31 points.
Chicago leads the pack with 39 total points in 28 games played.
Columbus leads the division in average goals-per-game with 3.17. However, Columbus is tied with Carolina for most goals given up in the entire NHL at 105.
The Blue Jackets have announced that they have activated forward Derek Dorsett off of injured reserve. Dorsett missed nine games after taking an ugly hit from Dallas’ James Neal.
Forward Fredrik Modin practiced with the team for the first time all season Monday, and could play as early as Saturday against Anaheim, or sometime early next week.
The Blue Jackets will try to gat back on track against the Florida Panthers tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The Panthers are 1-4-4 in their last nine games, and rank 27th in the NHL in goals allowed per game at 3.31.
Columbus will face Central Division foe Nashville on Thursday, followed by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.
After three straight days without a game, Columbus will not have another three-day stretch without a game until Feb. 7-9.