James Wisniewski has learned a simple yet valuable lesson in his eight NHL seasons with five different teams.
''Winning is hard. People don't realize that,'' he said. ''Losing's easy.''
That's why he wants his current team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, to extend their season. They've suddenly discovered how to win. And when you're winning, a lot of problems go away.
There are many reasons why the Blue Jackets won't make the playoffs, and really only one why they might. Last in the NHL not so terribly long ago, they've surprised everyone all season. Why not once more?
A cynic would point out they have too many road games (6) and too few at home (2); that the remaining opponents are daunting; and that there are too many good teams to overcome.
Yet after Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over San Jose, the young and restless Blue Jackets are just two points behind eighth-place Detroit with eight games left to play.
A franchise that has yet to win a playoff game in its first 11 seasons su...