And to think, all it took was giving an AHL goaltender his first career start and playing with a defensive corps that looked like a corpse of it's former self. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that the Devils would struggle desperately to pull out a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets I wouldn't have been too surprised. That's because everyone expected them to struggle desperately to pull out each and every one of their wins. So while the Devils 1-4 record against the Blue Jackets lived up to preseason predictions, it ultimately cost them any semblance of a chance at a playoff berth.
I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. With the lack of top end talent and quality depth on this roster they were always vulnerable to losing to anyone. Unfortunately they haven't just lost to anyone, they have lost to the Columbus fucking Blue Jackets, like, almost every goddamn time. I'm glad the curse has been lifted, but I'm downright distraught that I even had to call it a curse in the first place. It got to the point where I would have rather seen the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks on the schedule than the Columbus Blue Jackets, and that's not an easy thing to digest. Of all the people to feel helpless against, it was John Tortorella, Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, and Cam Atkinson that offered the most cause for concern, and I have always fucking hated John Tortorella, Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky, and Cam Atkinson. It's like they dedicated this season to making me miserable, because that's literally all that they accomplished. Well, that and making sure the Devils outside shot at the postseason met an early demise. That win last night didn't even feel like a win. It felt like a cutting of their losses, but considering it helped the Devils avoid becoming the only team in history to get swept by the Blue Jackets in a 5-game season series, I suppose I should be a little more appreciative. Appreciative of a team that vastly overachieved against the rest of the NHL, and barely met the lowest of low expectations - literally by an inch - against some shitty team from the middle of Ohio.
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