Blue Jackets At Blues Morning Thread: This One Actually Matters

Dilip Vishwanat

Normally games against the Columbus Blue Jackets are ho hum affairs, but the trade deadline this year totally changed that.

You may have noticed that Marian Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist in his debut for the Blue Jackets. They defeated the Nashville Predators last night 3-1, their third win in a row. They're just a point behind the Blues in the standings, and would love to make their new President and GM proud with a playoff push.

The Blue Jackets are a team reborn, and it's not just because they acquired Gaborik for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsset, and John Moore. Sure, that was a smart unloading of weight on the Jackets' part, but they've been playing great guns since John Davidson was hired as team president. After firing Scott Howson as GM and hiring old friend Jarmo Kekalainen, the team has confidence. It's amazing what knowing that the front office cares can do for a team.

They're going great guns this year, and tonight would not be the night to stand around with your thumb up your ass. Unfortunately, the Blues did that most of the night in Chicago, impressively managing to walk away from the United Center with two points. They have to play with some more pep at home tonight, or else it'll be a home loss that hurts more than most.

I'll be back later on with a Lighting the Lamp, a preview, and the GDT, so stay tuned. Head on over to The Cannon if you'd like to say hi - they've finally got a reason to be excited. Good for them. They can continue that tomorrow, but tonight? I'd be ok if the Blues rained on their parade.

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