The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
- Updated: December 23, 2009
The Columbus Blue Jackets are reeling, having lost 15 of their last 17, and seeing themselves slide closer to last place in the Western Conference than the last seed of the playoffs.
Here is a look at what the team is doing well, what needs work, and what is just downright awful.
The man advantage – The Blue Jackets continue to excel on the power play. The team is second in the NHL, producing a goal 23.2 percent of the time.
Overall, the team is 33 for 142. Only the Anaheim Ducks convert on the pp at a better rate than Columbus.
Faceoffs – Columbus ranks 10th in the NHL in faceoff wining percentage at 50.9 percent.
Antoine Vermette’s 401 faceoff wins ranks third in the NHL.
The penalty kill – Columbus got of to a great start on the kill, but never seemed to get back on track after Jan Hejda was injured, even after Hejda returned.
The Blue Jackets penalty killing unit ranks 17th in the NHL at 79.9 percent.
Penalties – The Jackets 14 minutes of penalties a game ranks 20th in the NHL.
OT/Shootout – Columbus is only 3-7 in games that go into overtime or a shootout.
Even strength offense – Columbus ranks third to last in the NHL when it comes to even strength goal ratio. Through nearly the first half of the season, the Blue Jackets score an even strength goal 0.72 times for every one they allow.
+/ – Ratings – Columbus ranks 29th in the league in +/- at -23. Only four Blue Jackets, Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett, Michael Blunden, and Mathieu Roy have a positive rating.
Goals against – The Jackets are 28th in the league in goals against average with 3.35 goals allowed a game.