Archive for February, 2009



I don’t even want to talk about last night… I’m gonna go ahead an blame it on the apparent rash of sickness attacking the Blue Jackets.

Tonight could be ugly. The Sharks come in 7-2-1 in their last 10 and having lost 2 in a row. The CBJ has played well against San Jose so far this season minus the very first game all others have been 1 goal decisions.

Stats Comparison

San Jose Sharks Stats
Goals per game: 3rd 3.41
Goals against: 3rd 2.33
Power play: 5th 23.3%
Penalty kill: 4th 85.3%

Blue Jackets Stats
Goals per game: 21st 2.62
Goals against: 14th 2.81
Power play: 30th 12.0% (hooray we broke 12% the slow but steady rise continues)
Penalty kill: 18th 80.6%

On paper and realistically, this will not be pretty, and now the really bad news.

Syracuse Emergency Call-up Dan LaCosta will make his first career NHL start tonight against arguably the best team in the NHL.

Carry it or burn it


The Penguins seem to be a similar place as the Jackets are pretty familiar with in their brief history. The Pens sit at 10th place in the East with 55 points and a 25-23-5 record while the Jackets are 10th in the West with 53 points and a 24-22-5 record.

The similarities end there. Therrien may be on his way out of the Burgh while Hitch is pretty well entrenched in Columbus with the vast improvement of the team in just over 2 years time.

A win tonight potentially puts the Jackets into a tie for 8th place…

Unfortunately not time to celebrate just yet… there are still 30 games to go after tonight’s match-up. While a win tonight would be great, with Dubie in goal, I really don’t know how this team will react, frankly he scares me.

Go Jackets



Alright well I’ve been as lazy as humanly possible concerning all things… life, work, this blog, keeping my place livable…

My apartment minus the cat

The team was atrocious again on Tuesday, it seems that with Mason, so goes the team.

The Jackets travel to Pittsburgh tomorrow with Dubie in goal. Let’s just hope his outing is better than last time with an approximate GAA of 4.5+ good news is MAF is sitting at 2.85 GAA good for 30th in the league. Could be a scoring fest tomorrow, maybe 7-5.

-Nice write up of the teams considered “on the bubble” from Battle of California

-Nikita Filatov was activated off of IR today and subsequently sent down to the ‘Cuse


Monday Monday

Not much going today in the wake of Super Bowl 43 last night… I don’t like the Steelers at all but whatever.

-Alexandre Picard was placed on waivers today, not a surprise, and it signals the expected return of Rusty Klesla to the lineup tomorrow night vs. the Blues.

-As I type this I’m watching the Blues vs. Red Wings and Manny Legace just got smoked by a slap shot from Kirk Maltby on the rush. Hopefully the Jackets are ready for another team coming in on the 2nd night of a back-to-back.

Puck Daddy has an interesting post about Steve Mason’s bout with Mononucleosis.

Puck-rakers reports that Jason Chimera has moved back to the wing, his usual position as of today’s practice.


Mononucleosis – JACKETS LOSE



A bunch of people are taking the easy way out and likening all of this to “same ole Jackets”, its hard to disagree, but there were some very different things about last night’s game.

Down 3-0 in the first quarter, and your number one goalie yanked the team would have completely folded in the past. Instead the team was able to battle back to make it 3-2 before the Stars took complete control going ahead 4-2 and finally 7-3.

Wade “Dubie” Dubielewicz came in to relieve Mason after he gave up 3 goals on 8 shots all within a 5 minute span. Not only was the defense disjointed but the Stars were able to counter attack and frequently caught Dubie or the d-men sleeping.

It was announced after the game that Calder/Vezina/Hart candidate was diagnosed with Mononucleosis on Thursday and has had the infection for the past 3-4 weeks. Suddenly it makes sense why he has looked shaky in his last 5-9 starts.

(PS don’t do a Google Image Search for Mononucleosis)

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