...but the season has 82 games.
|What an incredible Blue Jackets victory looks like from|
the camera of a two-and-a-half year old
But it was just one game.
Therein lies the challenge - both for fans and for team management.
Do you look at that one game and say, "Finally, they've gelled? This is the team we've been waiting to see since September?"
Is one game worth the kool-aid?
Or do you look at the game and say, "I've never seen the Sharks play so poorly. The CBJ played great, sure, but why couldn't they perform when there was any pressure to win?"
It's a tough one, and I'm glad that the CBJ have a couple games before what should be a nailbiter of a trade deadline. But does the team's management care at this point?
It's clear that the Blue Jackets are performing better. They're 5-4-1 in their last ten games...that's five out of the team's 18 combined wins for the entire season. Twenty-seven percent of their wins in seventeen percent of their games thus far...nothing to sneeze at.
But the pressure to salvage the season IS gone, and the Blue Jackets historically have done OK once they've put themselves in a position where the playoffs are a virtual impossibility. The only recent exception to that is last year's Scott Arniel-coached squad. But that squad was coached by Scott Arniel. Which offers a more than plausible excuse.
Nope, the season has 82 games, 60 of which are in the books. And the Blue Jackets have had 18 wins, the last one of which was downright impressive. But then there are the other 42 games where they didn't get it done.
|The Dark Blue Toddler also grabbed this photo of game action on Tuesday|
Personally, I would take the recent run of reasonably good fortune as a hint to watch the next couple of games closely to better pinpoint who could help the Howson 4.0 Blue Jackets going forward. Perhaps that means keeping Nash, perhaps that means keeping Carter...or Umberger, Brassard or any other other supporting cast members. Or perhaps that pushes the sale prices up that much on a player or players who appear to be coming around under new coaching.
It sounds like the die has been cast, though, and I'm OK with that. (I'm leaving open the question of whether this particular management team should be shepherding in a new era of Blue Jackets hockey, though.) This team has been on an increasingly steep downward trajectory, and I don't think anyone can blame them for giving up on the team that gave up on them.
(But it was a great game.)