Monday, October 10, 2011

Vancouver vs. CBJ: Opportunity Knocks... Nobody's Home

Okay, seriously... who does Scott Arniel have to swat with a stick to get a power play goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets?

0-for-5 Monday. 0-for-16 through three games. The Jackets are not helping themselves, and you can't blame all this on James Wisniewski's absence. I keep saying it... missing players are not an excuse. It's called gut check... you step up. The Jackets have the talent.

So what do you do? Start shuffling the lines a little on the power play? In 5-on-5? Maybe send Carter to the second line and bring Vermette up with Nash and Prospal? I'm not a coach (obviously)... just a thought.

Something has to happen, though. We have yet to see the Jackets play 60 minutes of hockey on a given night. That's not to say there weren't high points tonight. That first period was crazy good... even with the Vancouver Canucks' tying goal, they weren't getting a lot of chances on the attack.

Cam Atkinson's wrister past Cory Schneider was a nice way to get a first career NHL goal. Vinny Prospal's wraparound was a beauty, as well.

But Vancouver got a bounce here and a deflection there -- actually, a few deflections -- and seemed to outwork the Jackets, especially late, to get the win. So, the Jackets will have to wait until Wednesday to get another shot at win number one -- and hopefully, a power play goal at some point -- against Colorado.

Hopefully with a larger crowd in the stands, too... 9,100-something? I know it's a school night, but... yikes.

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