COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a terrible start to 2010: the team has a 5-10-1 record since the New Year and have not shown any signs of improvement. Tonight, the other shoe fell after the team lost to bitter rivals St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-1.

Moments ago, GM Eric put the team's official cannon for sale: "Well we're not getting much use out of it these days, so might aswell get some cash for it right?", said Eric. "It's sad that we had to resort to this", he added. The cannon, as we all know, would fire off inside Nationwide Arena after each Jackets goal or win. However, given the recent downswing, the cannon has hardly been fired at all.

As recently as 3 weeks ago, the Jackets were comfortably leading the Central Division. But with recent surges from both the St. Louis Blues and the Nashville Predators, the BJ's find themselves in 3rd spot in the Central and 5th in the Western Conference. "Yeah we're still in a playoff spot right now, but don't forget that we have played more games than anyone else in the league, so some of the teams behind us have 2, 3 even 4 games in hand. We need to get our shit together like now", said tough guy R.J. Umberger.

Tonight's loss to the Blues came at an added cost, as Scott Niedermayer, Olli Jokinen and Shaone Morrisonn left the game early due to injury. Jokinen and Morrisonn are listed as day-to-day, whereas Niedermayer should be fully recovered in time for the team's next match-up.

The only bright spot for the Jackets is that 4 of their next 5 opponents have losing records.

-- BJ Express