WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets took their split-squad show on the road on Tuesday night and fell 5-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets before a crowd of 8,855 at Nationwide Arena.
In what was the first NHL pre-season game for the Jets since 1995, the Jets were simply unable to produce much offensively, although they out-shot their opponent 26-23.
Third-year winger Evander Kane produced the lone goal for the Jets, with Blake Wheeler drawing the assist at 6:21 of the second period.
Jets goalie Chris Mason surrendered all five goals against. Peter Mannino came on for the third period and turned aside all four shots he faced.
For the Blue Jackets, Nick Holden, Maksim Mayorov, Boone Jenner, Antoine Vermette and Samuel Pahlsson scored the goals, while off-season free agent signee James Wisniewski picked up a pair of assists in the contest.
Mark Dekanich made eight saves for the Blue Jackets, while Paul Dainton stopped 17 of 18 in relief.
Special teams were a factor in the contest as the Blue Jackets scored twice on the power play (2-for-4), while the Jets were 0-for-4.
The Blue Jackets also out-hit the Jets 32-24.