Sunday, March 23, 2014
Not Ready for Prime Time
How long has it been since a defenseman scored? I think Prout has the last goal by a defenseman. Part of the power play problem is that it is predicated on good shots by the defensemen, and teams are just clogging the front of the net and blocking shots. Our forwards are not dangerous enough on their own to create space, and they end up working the puck around the edges out of the danger zone for the penalty killers. This is a period where Gaborik could have really helped us, merely by being a threat. It looks now like Anisimov's burst of scoring after the Olympics WAS related to Gaborik's return, and the extra space he created for Anisimov. But he's not here anymore.
Nathan Horton has been a non-factor of late. I don't know if there are lingering issues, or he is struggling fitting his game into how we play (realistically, that shouldn't be a problem), or if he just doesn't have that extra gear this year.
Not a really good afternoon in Blue Jackets land.
Win to get in, tie to get by.
Get shut out while playing a listless game, and watch your playoff chances dwindle rapidly. This is not a good time to have a rough patch. Not good at all. Next game is in Nationwide, a monstrously huge game against Detroit. Please note the 7:30 start time for our only nationally televised game.