When the Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t talking about injuries heading into this season, they were talking about getting off to a strong start.
Things haven’t exactly gone to plan so far.
Jack Eichel‘s nifty goal was the highlight of Buffalo’s 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets, but it’s been almost all low-lights for Columbus. They’re off to just their second 0-3-0 start in franchise history.
That 2011-12 Blue Jackets team missed the playoffs by a wide margin, managing only 65 standings points.
Of course, the difference this season is that they came into the year with high expectations, ranking as a dark horse candidate in plenty of minds.
Between two losses to the New York Rangers and today’s defeat to Buffalo, the Blue Jackets have been outscored 13-6. Four of their six goals have come on the power play, a disturbing sign for a team that aims to be rat-level pesky.
Yes, it’s only three games. There’s plenty of time for Columbus to turn things around.
Still, this is a disturbing pattern for the Blue Jackets, as NHL.com noted how they’ve been stumbling out of the gate.
In the previous three seasons, the Blue Jackets started 2-12-1, 5-12-4 and 5-10-0.
Things could get really ugly if Columbus doesn’t work things out soon.
They’ll play three of their next four games at home, but after that, they approach a harrowing stretch of seven out of eight games on the road starting on Oct. 22.
Could their season fall apart thanks to a sluggish start once again?