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Blue Jackets wary of trap game against Sabres

Jan 18, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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With a five-game winning streak going and tonight’s game against the lowly Buffalo Sabres in mind, life seems pretty sweet for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Maybe too sweet.

That seems to be head coach Todd Richards’ worry, as he expressed concern about the Blue Jackets taking the Sabres too lightly on Saturday, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“I mentioned it to the guys even last night (after the Capitals’ game),” Richards said. “You come off a big game and you’re excited. I’m looking at last night, because we talked about how big that game was. But a lot of times you look at the standings and see where the opponent is and see where you are … we can’t fall into that trap.

“We were there last season. We were at the bottom of the standings (after six weeks), and I think we did sneak up on some teams. The way (the Sabres) are working right now, if that’s our attitude and our mentality, that we think this is going to be an easy game, we’re mistaken — we’ll be after the game sitting in our stalls or sitting on the plane wondering what happened.”

That’s a good thought, but it does beg the question as to whether or not a team ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference should really be that concerned with upsets.

In other Blue Jackets news, Columbus is rolling with Sergei Bobrovsky in back-to-back starts today.

  1. danielfloyd8 - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    You seem to be pointlessly critical of the Blue Jackets’ idea of not looking past a team simply because Columbus is not in the position of Pittsburgh, Chicago, Anaheim, etc. First of all, saying they were in 11th place is misleading because, with the win last night, they immediately jumped to 8th. This is not to mention they are within three points of 5th with at least a game in hand on everyone in front of them. Secondly, it would seem that a team that currently holds the longest winning streak in the league (unsurprisingly at the same time some of their biggest players come back from significant injuries) would be good enough to think about these kinds of issues. Finally, it seems plausible for any team to look past a weaker opponent. The 29th team in the league might look past the 30th team if they had just beaten the 1st team.

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