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When will Columbus’ winless nightmare end?

Oct 21, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

Mikael Samuelsson, Aaron Rome AP

Last season, the Detroit Red Wings put a streaking Columbus Blue Jackets team in their place by spanking them in a home-and-home series. This time around, they just kicked a little more dirt in their faces with a 5-2 win.

The game shined a harsh spotlight on the two teams. While the Red Wings remain undefeated, the Blue Jackets are the only remaining NHL team without a single victory. (At least Vinny Prospal won’t be conflicted about Friday’s game – both the results and the effort were pitiful.) It’s not like the Blue Jackets are scrapping out charity points here and there, either. They’ve earned one lonely point in seven games thanks to a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

So is there any hope?

Kind of. The Blue Jackets have a golden opportunity to earn their first “W” on Saturday, as they play the Ottawa Senators.

They better break the curse tomorrow, though, because things could get really ugly once James Wisniewski is eligible to throw questionable checks and cash questionable checks once again. Here’s a quick glance at their next few games in case you want to put together an office pool on when the Blue Jackets will earn their first win.

Oct. 22: at Ottawa
Oct. 25: home vs. Detroit
Oct. 27: at Buffalo
Oct. 29: at Chicago
Oct. 30: home vs. Anaheim
(Click here for their November schedule)

If the Blue Jackets fail against the Senators, they might not earn their first win until November. That’s plenty of time to turn a “vote of confidence” into an awkward firing press conference.

So when do you think they’ll earn that first win?

  1. Matt - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    I honestly think this team will be very competitive (if not very good) as the season progresses. Add Wiz and Carter and other teams won’t want to face the Jackets. But they’ve dug such a hole that it’s tough to believe there is any chance for playoffs at this point. I can’t help but compare this to the Devils from last year.

    But the right now is really quite bad. So bad that even a “should-win” against Ottawa looks almost impossible. The kind of start that makes some in a fanbase even think (even if only slightly) about that Yakupov guy. And that 0-6-1 record is a real PR disaster for a Columbus team that actually gathered a fair amount of buzz from their summer moves. Now casual followers are convinced that these acquisitions are more of the same mediocrity. It’s a shame, and it’s not hard to see why Jackets fans are so gloomy.

    • danphipps01 - Oct 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      Competitive with what, exactly? Umberger, Carter and Nash are all capable of great play, but two out of three are well-known as lazy players and Nash’s production will inevitably drop off. Add defensiveness softness even with the Wiz and Mason putting on his best impression of a third-string goaltender and they’re gonna be finishing low.

      Honestly, I’m with James on this one – Mason’s the biggest problem amongst the guys on the ice. Their management is a disaster too, but Mason, I think, is one of those guys who was overrated at the start of his career and won’t ever live up to the hype. He’s had flashes of brilliance, but unless he stays with the Jackets for the rest of his career, I see him being relegated to a career backup for consistent mediocrity in the starting role.

  2. east96st - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    How many losses will it take to get Priest fired? Because that’s the number this team NEEDS. Until then, the gross incompetence at the top will continue to haunt Columbus year after year.

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