Archive for January, 2009

31
Jan
09

Game 50 – DALLAS STARS

The Dallas Stars are the former home of Ken Hitchcock and his home of his only Stanley Cup Championship… maybe this is why there seems to be somewhat of a rivalry developing between the two teams.

The first meeting of the season was an overtime victory in Dallas by the Blue Jackets to open the 2008-09 season. The second meeting was the now infamous Manny Malhotra “no-goal” due to a “kicking motion” with only one leg on the ice


The Stars are 6-2-2 in the last 10 and have won 3 in a row. The Jackets are 6-3-1 and have won 2 in a row. Tonight should be a sellout as the team is averaging over 16,000 in the last 6 home games with just over 17k last night.

This could be the first real playoff atmosphere in Nationwide, well, ever…

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31
Jan
09

Stevie Franchise – JACKETS WIN

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While Steve Mason fell asleep during the 2nd period there was one moment where the Sens almost got into the game, but instead they hit the post.

The Senators are a shell of their former selves a la the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. The team is literally one line of forwards and not much else.

The bad news is the power play is still terrible (0 for 6) but the penalty kill was perfect (5 for 5).


More good news from TSN.ca

Even more good news, the Jackets can take sole possession of 5th place with a win tonight.
30
Jan
09

Game 49 – OTTAWA SENATORS


The Blue Jackets face the struggling Sens tonight at 7pm in Nationwide Arena. The Senators come into Columbus in last place in the Northeast Division and 13th place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points. They are 4-4-2 in the last 10 games and 6-14-3 on the road this season. All time the Jackets-Senators series is surprisingly close considering the amount of talent found in Ottawa, all time the Jackets are 2-3-2 against the Sens and should be looking to even the record tonight.

Don’t let Dany Heatley drive you home
28
Jan
09

Rick. Nash. – JACKETS WIN

Helluva night in Nationwide.


It was cold and crappy outside in what was the worst storm so far in the winter of 08-09.


But that didn’t stop the Captain from taking it to the Detroit Red Wings


Sure the Wings were a little shorthanded (no Datsyuk or Lidstrom) but from the moment that Rick Nash scored a short-handed breakaway to tie the game at one a piece, it seemed inevitable that this was his night.

Not only was this a statement to the Red Wings, but this was a statement to the team and the league, in my opinion. Rick is going to do everything he can to get the team to the playoffs this year.

Of note:
-Tampa Bay, Detroit, Dallas, Nashville, Florida, Los Angeles, and the Rangers all had scouts in the building.
-Dan Fristche was traded from the Rangers to the Wild
-I had no internet service for the last two days
-Another big game tomorrow against the East. It’s the 2nd night of a back to back for the Senators, and Mase is in goal, lets hope he continues his success against the Eastern Conference

27
Jan
09

Game 48 – DETROIT RED WINGS

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Here it is folks, first game out of the break. As advertised many times the Jackets play 10 of the next 13 in the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena where the Jackets hold a 13-7-1 record thus far. With 20 home games remaining that record has got to improve, it all starts tonight when they take on the defending champs.

Discussed all around, Datsyuk and Lidstrom are out for the game tonight so the ultra-deep Red Wings will be a little shallower.

Puck Daddy

The Jackets are without Modin (questionable), Klesla, Filatov, and Novotny. Nothing too far from normal.

So far this season the Jackets are winless against the Wings going 0-2 at The Joe. Tonight could be interesting to see how many Detroit fans turn up in Columbus. There is a growing group of Jackets fans who will refuse to sell their tickets to Detroit fans and who are buying more tickets just to make sure it isn’t taken by a Red Wings fan. –Light the Lamp

27
Jan
09

Back from the Break

I don’t really have an excuse for not posting the last 3 days, but I’ll blame the All-Star Break and say that I needed my own break.

-The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are appealing the 1-game suspension of All-Stars Nick Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk…

The NHL has taken a strong stand on players who miss the All-Star game, stating that they must miss the game previous or prior to the ASG if they are to miss the ASG as well. –Puckdaddy

-Nikita Filatov has been placed on IR, retroactive to Jan. 18, whatever

-Big game against Detroit tomorrow night at Nationwide, every game against the Wings is big, but winning or getting a point in the first game out of the break would set a good tone for the remainder of the season.

23
Jan
09

We Need This – JACKETS LOSE

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Well the Jackets blew another 3rd period lead, but did hold on to get a point but lose in the shootout.

This was one of the dirtiest games I’ve ever watched. It featured a slew of penalties in the first period, notably on Dion Phaneuf’s dirty hit on RJ Umberger:

Props to Marc Methot for stepping up. Here’s the penalties assess to Methot and Phaneuf as a result of that poor play:

Phaneuf 5 min. Fighting
Phaneuf 5 min. Boarding Major
Phaneuf GAME MISCONDUCT

Methot 5min. Fighting
Methot 2min. Instigator
Methot 10min. Misconduct


DOUCHEBAG




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