|Chicago 4 - Columbus 1|
9-22-4, 5th in Central Division, 15th in Western Conference
1. With 22 points in 35 games, the Blue Jackets are trending toward 52 points over 82 games. That will be the lowest in the NHL since the 2000-2001 season, when the New York Islanders posted a 52-point season. That's right, the worst team in 11 years. By comparison, the Blackhawks have 50 points already this season.
2. The first period looked like two teams coming back from Christmas break. The second period looked like Chicago found their legs. The Jackets, however, didn't find theirs until the third. Chicago capitalized on Columbus' struggles with three goals in the second. Game, set, match.
3. Steve Mason's play wasn't terrible, but his compatriots allowed too many second- and third-chance shots in my estimation. The second goal was a great example. Nash and Tyutin were square to the shooter on the first shot, but they both turned their backs for the second (scoring) shot: