Columbus Blue Jackets: 3rd Quarter Team Assessment

February 26th, 2011 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
During the past two seasons, I assessed how the Columbus Blue Jackets performed as a team at the first quarter of the season.  Sadly, as the Blue Jackets’ performance plummeted during the remaining three quarters of last season, and as they nearly repeated that ignominious feat during the second quarter of this season, I honestly didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to assess their performance for the third quarter of this season.  But, boy was I wrong!

The Blue Jackets have salvaged their season and have positioned themselves right into the thick of the playoff race, the result of an impressive 11-3-3 run that seemingly came out of nowhere, particularly considering they’d lost five consecutive games prior to the run, the majority of which were of the blowout variety.

During the second quarter of this season, the Blue Jackets were mired in a 6-14-3 collapse which rendered their 14-6-0 start for naught.  It appeared they were destined for their usual role as sellers at the National Hockey League’s trade deadline, as well as awaiting the days until the next NHL Entry Draft.

It also created unrest and di ...

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