An interesting schedule to say the least, in large part because it is an Olympic year. Every team will find some reason to moan and complain. The Blue Jackets get no favors because they are an eastern time zone team playing in the west, so what else is new, it has been that way since we have been in the league.
I like the part of the schedule where we have many Saturday dates at home, these are prime games and it is about time Columbus gets its fair share. These weekend games should be great for attendence.
While we can complain about the schedule, it is nice to have so many home games down the stretch.
The bottom line, no matter the schedule, is for the team to win more games. No excuses, the schedule is what it is.
Maybe the NHL figured we would be battling for 1st place in the Central Division at this time.
Our division is being talked about as one of the most improved in the league for the coming season yet Detriot has lost a couple of talented players. It's been a decade of Detroit domination in the central, perhaps a change is coming.. Not us per se' but Chicago with us mopping up.
In any event we will be in the mix as long as we win. The October schedule is not easy, it will be a true test of the changes Howson has made and the Hitchcock system. Winning on the road is the most difficult thing to do in the NHL and an indicator of playoff potential.
Good news! The schedule's somewhat incomplete; that six-game road trip in late November/early December is broken up, for example.
Bad news? It's by ANOTHER back-to-back. I went through the Yahoo Sports feed on my Google Calendar and I count twelve:
Oct 24-25 (@Anaheim, @LA)
Nov 4-5 (San Jose, @Atlanta)
Nov 23-24 (@Rangers, @Montreal)
Nov 30-Dec 1 (St. Louis, @Chicago)
Dec 9-10 (Florida, @Nashville)
Dec 14-15 (Nashville, @Minnesota)
Dec 28-29 (Detroit, @Islanders)
Jan 7-8 (@Edmonton, @Calgary)
Jan 18-19 (St. Louis, @Philadelphia)
Mar 8-9 (@LA, @Anaheim)
Mar 19-20 (Minnesota, @Nashville)
Mar 27-28 (Islanders, @Chicago)
Lovely. I wonder how that compares to the rest of the league.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
"Viqsi, you are our sweet humanist..." --mt-svk on the CBJ boards
Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The preseason game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins, originally scheduled to be played at Mellon Arena on Friday, September 25, has been moved to Tuesday, September 15. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. The change was made because of a conflict with the G-20 Summit, which is scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh September 24-25.