Bob and Blue Jackets hang tough, heat up in November

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Big tests are a real pain … but they can be a blessing in disguise when you pass them with flying colors.

Let’s set the stage for Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Early in the game, they generate a 2-0 and then 3-0 lead.
  • The universe can’t have Columbus getting too comfortable, however, so the Blue Jackets suffer two jarring injuries to their defense.
  • With that, the Blue Jackets were down to four defensemen, with a healthy lead, against a Nashville Predators team that can score in buckets.

Sounds like a scary challenge for Bob in particular, right?

It was, at times, but he was game to the task. Remarkably, he didn’t allow a single goal as the Blue Jackets won 4-0.

As you can see from this chart from Natural Stat Trick, the Predators really poured it on as the game went on.

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All of a sudden, the Blue Jackets aren’t just spoiler material. They’re now a beast that’s starting to sniff possible playoff hopes.

Just look at their work in November alone.

They’ve won six of nine games, including four of their last five. Bobrovsky’s on a four-game winning streak himself.

Yes, Columbus dug itself a big hole, but isn’t this team scarier when it’s facing longer odds?