The inconsistent play of the Blue Jackets this season, seven months removed from a 19-5-5 run to close out the 2013 NHL season, is perplexing to many. With largely the same group of players, there seems to be a "disconnect" in trying to string together multiple games playing "Blue Jacket hockey". Five days ago, they played arguably their best game this season in a 4-1 win in Ottawa. Forty-eight hours later, they were shellacked by Edmonton to the tune of 7 goals against. Wednesday, they got back to playing "their" game and beat Calgary 2-1 OT. The only people who have the answer are the guys in the room. Nick Foligno called the loss to the Oilers "disgusting", and said "This 'Jekyll and Hyde' thing that we're doing has got to stop." It's been an emotional rollercoaster for the team and fans, alike. In Robert Louis Stevenson's iconic novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, he wrote "The less I understand of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance." In comparing the teams play to that of the characters in this story, Foligno hit the proverbial nail on the head. The question is, why can't they string together good, 60 minute games? The players that need to step up, for the most part, have not done so to this point. Injuries have hurt the team, but not decimated it. Boone Jenner made his return last Sunday against Ottawa. Matt Calvert, out since October 10 with an abdominal injury, is slated to return tonight versus Vancouver. Marian Gaborik is out for the next 3-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Off-season free agent acquisition Nathan Horton is on schedule to return around the first of the year, after having surgery this past summer. Nathan Horton skated in his gear for the first time two weeks ago. He's getting closer to his return to the lineup. He also knows about inconsistent play, having been a member of the Florida Panthers. "I'm not playing, but I feel like I'm a part of it", he said. "We're obviously going through a tough stretch right now. I think it's going to make us stronger. We've just got to be a little more desperate. We've got the players to do it."
Inconsistency from Blue Jackets is perplexing
Fox Sports Ohio | Nov 22