Blue Jackets-Avalanche: Pregame Analysis

December 19th, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
As mentioned in my last article, there's nothing tougher than to write about a team who's playing absolutely terrible; however, as a favor to a friend, who does this for his site (something about his wife having a baby—excuses, excuses), I've decided to analyze tonight's game.

So, here's the backdrop for the game.

During the 2008-2009 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ) owned the Colorado Avalanche (Avs), sweeping them in all four scheduled games between the two teams.  Well, that was last year, when the CBJ were marching towards the playoffs, and also fully-buying into Hitch's system.  Conversely, the Avs were experiencing their first awful season in many years.  At that time, they were still buried in their retro movement, thinking they were still locked into 1996—bad plan. 

Fast forward to this season, and to their first meeting two weeks ago in Columbus.  The CBJ were in the early stages of their current 2-8-4 meltdown.  The Avs were coming off of a bit of a swoon as well, and were in the later stages of a long road trip, one that was not going that well.  Add to that the back story of Adam Foote's return to Blue Jackets for t ...

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