|Buffalo 4 - Columbus 2|
1-8-1, 5th in the Central Division, 15th in the Western Conference
1. With the exception of the second period Vinny Prospal goal and a period of time immediately following, there just didn't seem to be any spring in the CBJ's step once again tonight. Chemistry looked off, the team looked a step slow once again. How long will it take for this team to get its groove?
2. The James Wisniewski "return from exile" honeymoon lasted one whole game. At the same time, he probably was still the best defenseman out there. Yet why the coaching staff did not plant his skates out at the point on the power play is beyond me. The only explanation I can muster is that the team needs his puck handling on the wall more than his shot - a suggestion I would quickly dispute.
3. Ryan Johansen had 10:23 of ice time, stapled to the bench after blowing a play on one of the Buffalo goals. Considering the many blown plays up and down the roster, this seems inconsistent at best.
4. The CBJ put 43 shots on net. However many of them were target practice with the logo on the goalie's chest...I lost count. Sadly for the Jackets, the Sabres (backup) goalie didn't allow much in the way of rebounds.
5. I appreciate that there are different styles of playing goaltending, and that Steve Mason plays the "butterfly" technique, but Mase sure drops to the ice quickly on his saves and then takes a while to pick himself back up. It seems to me (an amateur observer) that Mase, by going low so fast, exposes the top of the net. I presume that there's some logic behind that approach that a coach could explain, but I can't see it.
NEXT UP: Saturday night at 8:30PM in Chicago, home of the most annoying goal song in the NHL.