Three Takeaways from the Blue Jackets Win over New Jersey
One: Columbus stayed within their system of play and were rewarded with a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. This led to what some might call a boring game, but was not. They were patient with a Devils team that had the ability to bite back. By sticking to their game-plan, being patient and playing their system, they saw the fruits of their labor.
Two: Head coach Todd Richards was vocal about the veteran players not playing up to their ability over the last few games. Asked tonight if he was happy with the vets, he said "I am. Certain players have stepped up and picked up their game." Case in point was James Wisniewski. A game-time decision (possible illness), Wiz stepped up with a goal and two assists for a 3 point night. They need to continue to do this every game, as the young guns are pushing them for ice time.
Three: I have harped on their passing over the last few games. Tonight, the passing of the puck was much crisper and tape-to-tape. The no-look, drop passes are still being made and those will eventually connect. They are "thisclose" to connecting that way on a more consistent basis. When that happens, they're off to the races.
They stayed within their system, stepped up their game and did much better with their passing. These are the hallmarks of good, consistently successful teams.