Written by: Matthew Ruskan (@MRuskun)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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It was an eventful week for the Columbus Blue Jackets, with a mix of positive and not so positive developments.
Game wise, the Jackets defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 to make it two wins in a row, only to be shutout by the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. The worst part of the loss, however, was not being shut out, but losing net-minder Sergei Bobrovsky for 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. This is a devastating loss for the Jackets, but with Goalie Bob out, it is time to play some strategy.
The Jackets are unlikely to make the playoffs at this point in the season, being 14 points behind the wild card slot. It is in the best interest of the Jackets to not play Bobrovsky for the remainder of the season, secure a better draft pick and insure that Goalie Bob makes a full recovery and is 100% for next season.
Now, if any of you Jackets fans didn’t know, this past weekend in Columbus was the NHL All-Star Game and all the festivities that it included. The results of the weekend, I think, show that NHL hockey is here to stay in Ohio and I could not be more excited about the support Columbus showed.
To add to it, Ryan Johansen made quite the splash over the weekend. Not only was he voted game MVP with four points, two of which were goals, he also won the breakaway challenge in dramatic fashion, removing his CBJ jersey to reveal an Ohio State football jersey underneath.
To make a point on this, Johansen was wearing Braxton Miller’s #5 jersey at a time when it is widely expected that Miller will transfer away from OSU. Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this looks suspiciously like an Illuminati plot to win Braxton the starting job. But that is just a theory.
Overall, the All-Star weekend was a huge success and, I believe, showed the NHL what a great hockey town Columbus is. Well done!
Coming up this week, it is back to business for the Jackets as they host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night before making a swing to the Sunshine State to play the Florida Panthers on Thursday and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. All three teams are either in the playoffs if the season ended today or right on the bubble, so they should be tough games for the Jackets. With that being said, this stretch gives the Jackets a chance to show us some grit and who is willing to keep fighting.