The Columbus Blue Jackets are 0-5-1 on the season, without question the prime suspect for an early-season bust as Jeff Carter's out with a broken foot and James Wisniewski's still two games away from having his suspension end.
But the real story isn't 0-5-1. The real story is 3-17-8, as in their record stretching back to last season. And the really real story is "one," as in the number of regulation victories the Blue Jackets have in that span.
The Jackets play back-to-back games this weekend, with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. One of those games is immensely winnable. The other one is against the Detroit Red Wings.
So what happens, in a worst case scenario, if the Blue Jackets leave the weekend at 0-7-1 on the season? Does Coach Scott Arniel get the Bob Hartley treatment in an ultra-competitive Western Conference and with $64 million invested in the roster?
Team president Mike Priest and GM Scott Howson, who fund and fill...