One. Odd man rushes. Wide open nets. You name it, the Blue Jackets probably had the chance to capitalize on it–multiple times. The Jackets could not hit the back of the net no matter how many opportunities they received, and it came back to bite them in the final result–a 2-1 shootout loss. The Blue Jackets will wish they would have picked up that extra point in the second game of a tough back-to-back series against the Boston Bruins last night and Red Wings tonight after all the chances they had, but a point is still a point for a team looking to make an end-of-season statement.
Two. Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney started tonight’s game for the first time since a Jan. 2 loss to the Washington Capitals. He finished the night with 27 saves, including a few big stops late in the game and in overtime. Though it was his first night back, McElhinney is going to have to make a case for himself as rookie Joonas Korpisalo, who started the previous 12 games in a row, has been outstanding in McElhinney’s absence.
Three. The Blue Jackets were outstanding in the faceoff circle tonight as they won 59 percent (30-of-51) of their draws. Forward Brandon Dubinsky finished the night at 70 percent (14-of-20) and Gregory Campbell (3-for-3), Boone Jenner (2-for-2) and Kerby Rychel (1-for-1) won all of their draws. Winning faceoffs paid off in several opportunities on offense, which again, the Blue Jackets could not capitalize on, but it was a step in the right direction for puck possession.