from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
There’s a heavy cloud around the Blue Jackets these days. The season is lost. They’re playing out the string before the season is half-over. The mood, it seems, is one of waiting and wondering when something is going to happen to shake the franchise to its core. The losses are piling up like shredded Christmas paper.
The latest installment in the lost season was a 4-1 loss to Chicago before 21,645 in United Center….
Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason was not the best player. He stopped 18 of 22 shots. But he was not helped by his compatriots, either. The Blue Jackets play in their own zone was something akin to a third-grade candy scramble.
“I’m not sure how it happens,” Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. “We should have five against five in the zone. They get somebody loose, they get the easy look and they score.
“We’re back to making the mistakes we were making early in the year. It’s an area we had improved on a...