"I’m not giving up hope just yet. Detroit is a damn good team, and they
were playing at home, and that would be a tough win for any team. And
of course, I was expecting .500 hockey this season, and they’re still
above that mark, so no reason to panic just yet. Chalk the last two
games up to experience, and move on."
The key parts are bolded. Suffice it to say, the Jackets are still three games over .500. Pascal Leclaire, despite allowing four goals against Detroit, was great. Don't let the score fool you, as at least two of those goals were the results of a team in front of him that looked lost, confused, and otherwise dead in the water.
It's hard to say what I am expecting as this team heads down to Nashville to face the Predators for the first time this season tonight. So far, this team is 1-2-0 against Central Division foes on this trip, and 2-2-1 in their past five games. Remember, the best way to gauge this team is by how well they do in 10-game increments. We're halfway there, and the team is sitting on .500, which is fine. Put aside how nasty the losses to Chicago and Detroit were. Remember what Hitchcock has been telling the players, about how you spend only a limited amount of time dwelling on the losses, or flaunting the victories, and then prepare for the next game.
Tonight, me and Drew at End of the Bench will actually be getting together to watch tonight's game, and barring any technical difficulties, have a bit of a surprise for both of our readers sometime after the game, whether it's late tonight or sometime tomorrow. Either way, stay tuned, as this has actually been in the making for a while now!
(Apologies for the bare-bone post today. A little rushed, and a little pre-occupied.)