Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hitting The Break... Still Broken

Disappointment would be an understatement. A detailed, forensic recap would be overkill. It would be downright cruel, actually.

These last few games going into the All-Star break have been maddening. I know the team is depleted at home, but it is still bad. The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled it together enough to at least get a point against Detroit, but still could not manage more than a goal against Nashville on Monday, nor more than two against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Sure, the offense that was generated was pretty impressive... or at least the goals by Brett Lebda and Ryan Johansen looked good, anyway. However… well, suffice to say that defense is a bit of a glaring issue.

And so the Blue Jackets faceplant into the All-Star break going 0-2-1 in the first three games of a six game stint away from home. About a week from now, they will be in California, to begin the second West Coast Road Trip.

Jackets will go into that road trip essentially on the brink of mathematical elimination (you can "duh" me all you want… I'll take any miracle I can get) from Playoff contention (based on a 95-point line). After that, speculation over the CBJ's activity at the trade deadline can pretty much commence full swing.

Ah, who are we kidding... it has been in full swing for a few weeks now.

So, CBJ players will look for ways to occupy themselves for the next few days, while RyJo heads to Ottawa for the Skills Competition during All Star Weekend.

Will the rest do them good? Maybe help them focus? Figure out how to get back on track? Or at least get some bodies back on the ice?

Guess we'll find out in a week.

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