With 8 games under their belts, the CBJ have 10 points and are sitting in 8th place in the Western Conference standings. That's right, if the playoffs started today, the Blue Jackets would be dancing. Not that you care, but the first round matchup if the playoffs started today would be against the first-place Nashville Predators. Imagine that: CBJ-Preds in best 4 of 7. Talk about epic. (And just watch heads explode across the entire National Hockey League.)
Anyway, the game. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I finally was able to watch an entire game with relatively minimal intrusion from the Dark Blue Toddler, but I think I actually saw the Blue Jackets playing a distinct system of offense and defense last night:
- The forwards were hell-bent on fast breaks off of defensive rebounds.
- The blue liners were swatting pucks off to the sides if they couldn't find a forward for the breakaway.
- The penalty kill stayed reasonably disciplined (and it helped that the CBJ only had three penalties all game long).
- The power play started to once again look like what we saw in the preseason. And I defy you to show me a prettier power play goal than Derick Brassard's: