The Columbus Blue Jackets know what they need to do. Now they have to let their play do the talking.
It’s not often that a team’s fifth game of the season is a virtual must-win. But tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs is just that for the Blue Jackets; a virtual must-win.
Very little has gone right for the Blue Jackets to this point. At 0-4, they are off to the worst start in franchise history. For a team in the midst of a bad start, their locker room today was upbeat.
They know the task at hand, and it begins with tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I got the chance to talk with captain Nick Foligno, Gregory Campbell and David Savard about how important tonight’s game is, how close they think they are to a breakthrough, and whether there is some chemistry issues that still need to work themselves out.
There is a confidence in the room. They know that the season has a long way to go. They know what they need to do. It starts by simplifying the game and taking care of their end of the ice. The team spent most of their practice by working on drills in their own end. The rest will work itself out.
You can hear my conversations below.
I am a fully credentialed writer who covers the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Monsters and Erie Otters as well as the Ontario Hockey League and NHL Draft. The 2022-23 season will mark nine seasons with the Hockey Writers. I am also the site’s Credentials Manager.