Feb 7, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets Need To Make The Playoffs

Before the season started, I wrote an article asking if not making the playoffs would still be considered a successful season for this Columbus Blue Jackets team. I was hesitant to say, so I left the idea open to argument. I’m writing today to close the argument. If the Columbus Blue Jackets don’t make the playoffs, this season will be a failure.

Of course there are plenty of arguments as to why my proclamation rings false. Let’s get those out of the way.

1. We are in a new conference and division. In case you haven’t noticed: bad. As in, the new conference and metropolitan division isn’t very good. I’m not saying it’s a parody conference and division, but just look at the Metro standings. Sure, we’re almost in 2nd place in the division, but so are most of the teams. A week’s worth of games can change the entire division. Columbus was in a tough spot the last 13 years, but now they can make headway. If they don’t, the season is a failure.

2. Injuries have-Okay, stop right there. I’m not going to let you go any further. Tell me ONE team that hasn’t dealt with injuries. Go on, I’ll wait.

Jan 10, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (17) celebrates a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

 

Oh, are you back? Couldn’t think of one? Exactly. I have said it a million times, and I’ll say it a million more: injuries are nothing more than an excuses. Sure, Marion Gaborik has been out a lot. But you know who’s been playing? Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov, and the rest of the studs. And sure, Sergei Bobrovsky‘s been down, but it wasn’t that long but he’s back playing Vezina worthy hockey.

3.If you really need another excuses, then maybe you should live in the real world. Stop looking for reasons as to why this team possibly won’t make it. I know I write a lot about accountability, but there’s a reason. Because it’s important. If you, the fan, don’t hold this team accountable, then what’s the point?

This is a playoff team. I don’t know if it’s a Stanley Cup winning team. I believe we have Stanley Cup type players, most notably BOBROVSKY!!!! but I’m not sure if we can put the pieces of the puzzle together just yet. But as far as making it to the post season? We better, or the season, and all of our progress, has been a failure.

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