| 25–9–4 (54 points)
ROSTER / SCHEDULE
| 5:00 P.M. – SUNDAY, APRIL 4
| BALLY SPORTS OHIO
The Blue Jackets are playing better, but now is the time when results are of paramount importance.
They played three decent-to-strong periods last night at BB&T Center. Elvis Merzlikins wasn’t as sharp as he was Thursday against Tampa Bay, but aside from one shot (the 3-0 goal), he gave his team a chance. It’s also a tough spot when you’re scoring 1-2 goals per game and forced to be essentially perfect.
On the night he was honored for his 500th NHL game, Sergei Bobrovsky was strong. The Blue Jackets didn’t do enough to generate offense, despite out-shooting and out-playing the Panthers for long stretches, which is something they’ll have to rectify if they have sights on winning the series finale this afternoon.
It’s a broken record, but it’s true: time is running out on the Blue Jackets. They took steps in the right direction last week in Tampa Bay, but those are just steps. It’s past time to bank points and put a run together with the trade deadline looming in a week, and difficult decision with the roster on the horizon. The schedule doesn’t get any easier and the games don’t get any less important from here on in, and the Blue Jackets need a results-based performance to hang around.
Otherwise, the lights will start to get…