Columbus Blue Jackets Must Enjoy Playing Over 60 Minutes
There has been a very odd and interesting trend going on for the resurgent Columbus Blue Jackets over their last ten games. Columbus has gone into overtime in nine of those ten games, and even had a five-game winning streak during this group of games. There has to be a point where the Blue Jackets suffer some fatigue though, with all the extra minutes they have had to play.
The last four games have all went to shootouts for the Blue Jackets as the team went 2-2, including a 1-0 win on Saturday night. Sergei Bobrovsky has been nearly impossible to score on during this string of games, but I have to figure that he is getting tired himself after all these long nights.
Columbus had two days off coming into Tuesday night’s game at home, and has had the luxury of being in a stretch where nine of ten games were at home. I left the Blue Jackets for dead a month ago because of just how bad they were playing, but the team has now crawled back to a point where they are only two points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Bobrovsky can be pointed at as a major reason for that, but the impressive string of overtime and shootout games have assured the Blue Jackets of getting at least one point every time out. There is obviously a lot of parity this season around the NHL, and Columbus is taking full advantage of that.
I’m not sure that the Blue Jackets can find a way to sneak into the playoffs, but if they can keep playing the way they have in March, anything is possible.