Once again the crickets have fallen on CTF. I would apologize, but I cannot tell you folks how many times I have begun a semi rant on the team for packing it in, but I know the Jackets get enough bad press as is. My goal is to try and stay constructive, and I can certainly agree that ranting about them is not all that constructive.
Since I last discussed the Jackets, they have been blown out at home three times, with a goals for of 1, and a goals against of 9. Their ten game record is 2-5-3, and their current ‘stretch’ of bad games looks like this:
Now, off to the more relevant topic at hand, and that’s what the rest of the season will bring. Here is the current league wide chart at least that is relevant to the CBJ and their finish;Like I said, I am not looking to be a giant downer. These stretches of games do happen to even the best of teams, but it has to be as emotionally draining for the team as much as it has been for myself as a fan. Hard to believe that prior to this specific stretch of games, we watched the trade for Lepisto and Upshall go down thinking we would see the Jackets get into better position to fight for a playoff spot not long out. Follow that with 13 losses out of 15 games, and a fanbase left demanding and wanting more, and myself generally speechless about what really can be done in the last handful of games this year, short of wait and see where the Jackets will be drafting..
As you can see, it is pretty tight around 20-24. Obviously looking at the standings and considering how many games the Jackets should lose before gaining a great pick is awfully negative, but I think it is worth watching. Three wins from the Islanders and the Jackets could be looking at a top five pick, in a draft that most would argue is really quite shallow. Then again, it would be interesting to see whether Howson will take advantage of the draft and try to deal for a quality defender before draft day.
Personally, my dedication towards watching the games has wavered. While they are on, I have not been following the game with great focus. I intentionally opted to not make the trip last Sunday after watching them get shutout by Detroit the previous Thursday (a very thankful decision) and was half expecting their third straight time being shutout at home against Vancouver. Thankfully for the generally strong attendance, RJ popped one in over Schneider’s shoulder, breaking one of the lowest of lowpoints of the season.
But cheer up Jackets fans. The season will end soon, and with it, comes quality playoff hockey and and more change for the team moving forward. Feel free to offer your suggestions for upcoming changes, as I intend to provide my suggested defensive changes within the week.
Carry the Flag!