Saturday, October 25, 2014

No Worries

No Worries Mate! quoth Mick Dundee, the effervescent Australian in the Crocodile Dundee movies.  The CBJ have played 2 of the 3 games on this west coast bruiser of a road trip, and miraculously have emerged with 2 points in 2 games.  The 2 points earned in the 'last 20 seconds' winning goal in the come-back against the Sharks served to keep the Jackets floating near the top of the Eastern Conference behind a streaking New York Islanders team.

  I thought the Isles improved themselves over the summer, but not that much. I suspect they will come back to earth later in the season.  On the other hand it's the last year in their old barn, and they are going to be a tough game on Long Island in the 2014-15 season.

I didn't get a chance to watch the Sharks game.  I watched the first period, and with the Sharks leading 2-0 I packed it in, but that had more to do with my schedule the next day than how the Jackets were playing.  And sure enough they turn in a really great road game, with the come-from-behind win.  I must be frank, that was lovely news in the morning, and groggily watching the highlights on my iPad the next morning was really enjoyable.

The 2 points assured in that regulation win mean this trip won't be a white-wash, and help to keep the CBJ near the top of the Eastern Conference, a much different picture than I painted in my last post.  The game with Anaheim, that I did stay up and watch, was in many ways similar to the Sharks game, except that in this case the opponent was even more powerful.  The CBJ just couldn't handle the Ducks, which is no shame since they had come into the game winning 6 straight games, and left with their streak intact.  With a CBJ team handicapped by injuries, I thought they played hard and pretty well, but the Ducks...Wow! <gets down on his knees and thanks the creator for the day the CBJ moved to the Eastern Conference>

So it's all good in CBJ land.  Not a great start, but it appears we will have no problem keeping pace in the East.  A huge win the other night, a good effort in the loss the next night, and the Stanley Cup champs tomorrow.  That ought to be fun.  Gabby is injured.  LOL.

GO JACKETS!!!

2 comments:

  1. Will I ever fill confident when the CBJ plays these California teams?

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    1. I think it is important to remember that these are 3 very good teams. They are all playoff teams, and the Kings could be considered an elite team now that they have won that second cup. The only reason the Sharks haven't won something big is that they keep beating themselves to death on the Kings and Ducks. When Wennberg is in his third year, and Joey in the last year of this contract, we will be a load for these teams to handle. Right now, the growing process continues apace.

      So my answer to your question is, not this year, probably not next year, but the year after has a real chance.

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