Blue Jackets at The Quarter-Mark: Improved, But More Work Needs Done

November 22nd, 2009 by Aaron Tom Leave a reply »
Taking a look at some of the stats for the Columbus Blue Jackets through the twenty-game mark, they seem to indicate the Jackets are vastly improved, even from last season, in which they made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history:  They're on par for 48 wins, seven more than last year's playoff team, Rick Nash is on an early-season roll, and they're scoring goals with consistency.

But while numbers may not lie, they can greatly exaggerate the truth. And the truth is that Columbus, despite some good stats and some genuine improvements in the off-season, still have lots of work to be done.

On paper, their notable improvement on offense from last year is pretty darn good.  Through the quarter-mark, Columbus is tied for eighth in the league in that regard, averaging exactly three goals per game. This is up even from last season, in which they were in the bottom ten in the league, averaging 2.67 goals per game.

The problem is that their burst in offensive output is pretty much negated with the fact that they're allowing an average of 3.30 goals per game, which is 27th in the league (or next-to-next-to-next-to-last). 

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