Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-2 loss to the Panthers
One: As has been said in this space before, when they don’t play a complete 60 minute game, they cannot give themselves a chance to win the game. After a good first period, they played the game at the pace dictated by the Panthers.
Two: The faceoff circle has been a rollercoaster ride for the team all season, unlike last year when they seemed to dominate in the circles. Against Florida, rookie Alex Wennberg was the only Blue Jackets player better than even, winning 60 percent of his draws. Add that to his goal (his 2nd of the season), two shots on goal in 14:57 of ice-time, and he had a pretty good night.
Three: The return of Artem Anisimov to the lineup after rehabilitating a torn triceps, was a welcome sight for the team. It was the first time, in a long time, that the team had all four of their starting centers in the same game. He didn’t take any faceoffs, but did get the assist on Wennberg’s goal in the second period. Welcome back, Arty.