|Pittsburgh 4 - Columbus 2|
18-37-7, 5th in Central Division, 11 points out of 29th in NHL
1. WELCOME TO LIMBO - While the game itself was reasonably competitive for 50 minutes or so, you can't look past the elephant in the room, the trade deadline. The Blue Jackets are already in
So what to make of this particular game's roster? "Ummm...it wasn't all bad, what for the one game they played together?"
|James Wisniewski and his blue line compadres largely held the Penguins|
in check for 50 minutes of game time.
3. WHY SO ANGRY? YOUR TEAM IS GOOD - I was stunned at the level of vitriol directed at the Blue Jackets on the Interwebs by Pens fans after their team went up 3-1 and then 4-1. It's not like the Pens got slapped with a penalty or anything - they had zero penalty minutes in the third - and not like the game was still competitive when the scoring took place. The Pens had it, yet the fans were seething with stuff like, "Take THAT, Columbus."
Ummm...we've been taking that all season. We're 11 points out of 29th place. Try anger management classes or something.
4. JACK JOHNSON IS NOT BAD - Seriously, when the CBJ attention-meter hits Jack Johnson levels, one begins to worry. Johnson logged over 23 minutes of ice time with action both on the power play and penalty kill, put a shot on goal and got a -1 rating on the afternoon. He also had a couple nice hits and a 1-on-2 defensive save that cleaned up after a bewildering Rick Nash turnover. Not bad for never having practiced with the team.
So here's the one sentence assessment of Johnson: He's not Jesus Christ, but he's definitely a trade up from Grant Clitsome.
|So many Rick Nash Movember 'stache photos, so little time left?|
Postgame, Nash made all the right statements about Columbus and the fans, refusing to comment on anything related to the trade deadline. He is incapable of saying anything that could be interpreted as a negative. Nothing but teflon.
Bonus number 6: In the irony of ironies, no members of the media posted the scouts in attendance for the game anywhere I could find it. So my last post on the matter stands as my most definitive. Thus, my month-long project of tracking scouts at CBJ games comes to an unsatisfactory conclusion. I'd really love to learn who was scouting, if only to try to correlate scouting activity to actual trades that come down.
NEXT UP: The NHL trade deadline hits at 3PM tomorrow (Monday), and then the 'new' Blue Jackets will be home against the Detroit Red Wings at 7PM on Tuesday.