The arrival of Jeff Carter in a blockbuster trade this summer was expected to give Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash an All-Star caliber linemate. It was supposed to give the Jackets a 1-2 punch that could rival Datsyuk-Zetterberg in Detroit and Thornton-Marleau in San Jose.
But like so many other of the Blue Jackets' plans heading into this season, the Carter-Nash coupling has been an utter failure.
Fed up with their lack of production, or their inability to make each other more dangerous offensively, Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel has split the two up for the last two games, both losses.
Nash has been paired with center Derick Brassard and right winger R.J. Umberg the last two games, while Carter has skated with Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu on the No. 2 line.
"Sometimes changing things around like that, as big as that, it helps spur people on," Arniel said. "Lots of good things happened with them together. But the chemistry is going to take a while to build."
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