Three Takeaways from the Blue Jackets 5-2 loss to Buffalo

One: The first period started well, with sound passing and a good, aggressive fore-check. The fore-check would stay throughout the majority of the game, but the crisp, clean passing went by the wayside. They need to tighten things up if they want to keep advancing in the standings.

Two: Although they put 38 shots on goal, their attempts were almost triple that. Unfortunately, they weren’t getting the majority of them on frame. That, coupled with the fact that the Sabres blocked 30 shots, spelled trouble for Columbus.

Three: The fourth line guys were, once again, contributing in a major way. Tonight, the only two goals for the Blue Jackets came from Derek MacKenzie (1-1-2, +1) and Mark Letestu (1-1-2, -1). The third member of that line, Corey Tropp, finished the night 0-1-1, +1. This line adds something every time they take the ice.