Saturday was gross. That's all I'm going to say.
The only other thing I'll say is that my man Mark Erickson noted last night after our rec league game that, in 2011, the Jackets faint playoff hopes were dashed by a disastrous March road trip that went through Nashville, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
So, anyway, the season series with Vancouver is tied at 1-0-1 for both teams, with the rubber match coming tonight. Vancouver has been getting slightly healthier, and their play has matched that. Since last we saw them, they've pushed their way back up to fourth in the conference, right behind division-mates Minnesota. We all know what the Jackets have been doing.
So, climb back up into that saddle. Pretend you're at home. Whatever it takes.
Columbus Blue Jackets
(13-13-6, 32 Points; 5th division, 11th conference)
|R.J. Umberger||Ryan Johansen||Nick Foligno|
|Matt Calvert||Artem Anisimov||Cam Atkinson|
|Vinny Prospal||Derick Brassard||Mark Letestu|
|Colton Gillies||Derek MacKenzie||Jared Boll|
|Fedor Tyutin||Jack Johnson|
|Tim Erixon||Adrian Aucoin|
|Nikita Nikitin||Dalton Prout|
(17-9-6, 40 Points; 2nd Division, 4th Conference)
|Daniel Sedin||Henrik Sedin||Alexandre Burrows|
|Mason Raymond||Jordan Schroeder||Jannik Hansen|
|Chris Higgins||Andrew Ebbett||Keith Ballard|
|Andrew Gordon||Maxim Lapierre||Tom Sestito|
|Dan Hamhuis||Jason Garrison|
|Kevin Bieksa||Alexander Edler|
|Chris Tanev||Andrew Alberts|
Head to Head
Vancouver Columbus 2.62 (17) GPG 2.22 (30) 2.50 (9) GAPG 2.56 (15) 13.4% (29) PP% 13.9% (27) 81.2% (16) PK% 85.2% (6) Daniel Sedin / Mason Raymond, 9 G leader Vinny Prospal, 9 Henrik Sedin, 21 A leader Fedor Tyutin, 14 Henrik Sedin, 29 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 18 Dale Weise, 41 PIM leader Jared Boll, 79 8-5-3 Home/Road 3-9-1 3/24 @ Colorado, W 3-2 Last Game 3/23 @ Nashville, L 5-2 6-3-1 Last 10 7-1-2
- Road Mentality - Whether you think this team is just a bad road team, or whether it was just a function of early-season struggles, you're probably right. The only road games they seem to have really played well in have been few and far between. These Western Canada trips in the past have been a death march. Let's see if they can change the culture.
- Special Teams - Look at that! A team with all around worse special teams than us! I don't even have additional comments here.
Here's hoping Saturday was an aberration.