Hit the Ground Running

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Much like the Jackets, I’m doing my best to get back in the swing of things. I was reviewing old blog posts and seeing repetitive things, good and bad, that bothered me. You might wonder what this has to do with tonight’s 4-3 CBJ win over the Washington Capitals. 2 times the Caps scored immediately after the Jackets, and by immediately I mean that Greg Murray hadn’t even finished announcing the goal scoring summary and Barry Trotz’s team was trying to kill our buzz. Many, many, many previous CBJ teams would have folded in similar scenarios and it seemed to be the story of the game. That is if you ignore the puck-hogging Ryan Johansen (in a good way), Corey Tropp flying all over the ice, and Curtis McElhinney gaining scads of confidence throughout the entirety of the game.

This may have been one of the most complete games of the year, I can say with certainty it was one of the most exciting. The effort put forth, the hitting, the back-checking, puck battles, turnovers, etc., it was probably a bit more enjoyable considering the last game in Nationwide Arena had none of that.

A couple additional thoughts:

  • Kevin Connauton again was good, full of skill and potential, but there are moments his inexperience shows, much more in the defensive zone than offensive zone.
  • The crowd tonight was surprisingly big (16,514) from what I have grown used to seeing in previous seasons on a Tuesday night in January.
  • SportsClubStats says the CBJ now have a 0.8% chance of making the playoffs. The interesting aspect is that the “get in” points are projected at 99 (!!!). I would be shocked if the total points needed doesn’t come down a bit.

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