The Blue Jackets are, shall we say, unpredictable.
Mixed in with clunkers (see, Friday’s 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers) are impressive outings like their 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
They’ve been a far better home team in the early going, with a 4-1-0 record at Nationwide Arena to pair with a 1-2-0 record on the road. Some nights, they look like the team they’ve envisioned themselves to be: a young, energetic and hard-skating group that can make opponents uncomfortable with their speed.
Other nights, they’re almost unwatchable.
Sunday night at Prudential Center, though, was something we haven’t yet seen from Brad Larsen’s team: they were on the ropes in the second period and found a way to get the job done.
Watching the second period, you’d have thought the Blue Jackets were cruising to a second straight loss as they quickly lost their grip on the game.
After Andreas Johnsson’s opening goal, Columbus was the better team for the bulk of the first period – but the middle frame showed some bad habits rearing their head.
Dougie Hamilton smashin pumpkins and pucks. pic.twitter.com/nLaSflTIcz
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 31, 2021
This Dougie Hamilton goal in particular felt like a turning point. The Blue Jackets probably need a save from Joonas Korpisalo here, but the trouble was mounting well beforehand. They turned pucks over, couldn’t exit their zone cleanly, and lost puck battles to get out of…