Game Preview #38 - This Has Become Almost Comical

If it wasn't so damn depressing...

Blue Jackets at Panthers - 6:00 PM
Game Faceoff

This week for me personally was almost a metaphor for my feelings about the Jackets. I worked through Thursday the 18th, and had all these plans for Tuesday and Wednesday before Christmas. Days off, kid at daycare, a list of projects and things to get done before Christmas. I was excited for the vacation time and the chance to recharge and get things done I'd been putting off.

So, naturally, at 1:45 AM on Tuesday, I woke up feeling entirely and completely sick to my stomach. I then spent the next five hours on my couch trying not to throw up. Tuesday? The entire day in bed. Wednesday? Half the day in bed, and then rest breaks after each task on my list.

In short, I suffered through a complete and total kick to the guts after having such grand plans.

Welcome to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2015-16 edition. On the eve of greatness, you spend the entire night trying not to throw up.

I had family committments yesterday, so I missed the game. Though I wouldn't say I "missed" it. Three minor penalties in three seconds. How do you even do that? WHY do you even do that? Two of the dumbest things you can do on ANY PK are to cover the puck on a faceoff and then fire the puck over the glass. But, to do those two things on the first and second faceoffs of a PK? To give a team two minutes of 5-on-3, followed by MORE 5-on-3 when they inevitably score?

I mean, if it wasn't so damned sad, it would be almost hilarious.


No idea on the lineup tonight, and frankly, what difference does it make? The boys from the Cannon and I spent all morning exchanging "who can/should we trade?" e-mails. We've passed that point of no return.

It's not pretty.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(13-21-3, 29 Points; 8th division, 16th conference)

Boone Jenner Ryan Johansen Rene Bourque
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Brandon Saad
Gregory Campbell William Karlsson David Clarkson
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Fedor Tyutin Dalton Prout
Andrew Bodnarchuk Justin Falk
Joonas Korpisalo
Curtis McElhinney

Florida Panthers
(19-12-4, 42 Points; 4th Division, 7th Conference)

Jonathan Huberdeau Aleksander Barkov Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen Vincent Trocheck Reilly Smith
Brandon Pirri Derek MacKenzie Logan Shaw
Connor Brickley Corban Knight Shawn Thornton
Brian Campbell Willie Mitchell
Dmitry Kulikov Aaron Ekblad
Erik Gudbranson Alex Petrovic
Roberto Luongo
Al Montoya

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