Entries with the tag: columbus blue jackets
You may have heard that the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season ended with Johan Franzen scoring a power play goal. What you may not have heard is that it was a Too Many Men call. What you also probably didn’t hear, unless you were watching the game live on the Columbus feed, was poor color man Danny Gare grasping at straws to point out the big evil refs out to screw the Columbus faithful.
Look, I understand that emotions were running high in Nationwide Arena. I think anyone in Columbus who’s new to hockey will be forever hooked by that game, and I think Rick Nash and co. finally understand the compete level necessary to win in the playoffs (the second and third period were pretty ferocious). It came a few games too late, but it’s a valuable lesson. All of those emotions somehow got into Danny Gare’s head, and right after the Too Many Men call, he sounded like a textbook case of denial.
I don’t know about you, but I look at the top of the standings and I vulnerabilities. Obviously, the Sharks, Red Wings, and Bruins are good teams—their records speak for themselves. But the great thing about an 82-game season is it gives teams time to understand and exploit the inherent flaws in each team. No team is perfect, and sometimes it just takes a little time to discover this.
That’s why I’m guessing that at least one of these three gets knocked out in the first round. Their inconsistent play in the second half of the season shows that they’re all vulnerable in their own ways. In fact, scanning down to the second tier of teams (Chicago, Calgary, Washington) and the New Jersey Devils, who are floating somewhere in between of the first and second tier, I wouldn’t put my money on anyone right now. Out of all of the “have” teams, I’d say that the most consistent going into the playoffs might just be the Devils—but the “have not” playoff teams really aren’t that far away.
Out west, if I was a top seed, the one team I’d try to avoid like the plague would be the Columbus Blue Jackets. In past seasons, I’ve had little reason to watch Columbus but since the All-Star break I’ve tuned into more and more of their games and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be loads of problems for whichever top seed they face.