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The streaking Blue Jackets get their second crack at a Ryan Getzlaf-less Anaheim Ducks squad in the final game before the All-Star Break.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

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With today’s news of ice-issues at Nationwide Arena it could be a tumultuous few hours before the game gets started (hopefully) tonight. It hasn’t been announced as an alternative, but I imagine the contingency plan would be to move the game to tomorrow night. Surely a pain for the players and fans, but yours truly would finally get to a home game this month.

The last time the Jackets faced the Ducks without All-Everything, Ryan Getzlaf, they were humbled in a sickening way, 6-0 in the Honda Center.

The Jackets should be a more motivated club tonight not wanting to let-up on their 5-game point streak before All-Star Weekend, a win not only increases their point total to 53, but (as of now) would tie them for 10th place in the West (3 points back of 8th place Colorado).

The Cannon has the projected line-ups, including your starting goalie, Steve Mason, although in not a surprising move, defenseman Rostislav Kelsla will sit tonight and attempt to heal up for the final stretch of 33 games.

Huge two-points on the ice tonight, Jackets have to find a way.

Go Jackets.



Well here we go. Will the news of looming trades, waiver claims, etc. be enough motivation for the Jackets to find a way to win in Anaheim, or will it be a distraction and the Jackets roll over again?

10:00pm EST, Honda Center

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What a crazy past 48 hours. The first notice I received of everything going down in “Jacketsland” was a text reading “The shit hit the fan”.

So far Kyle Wilson has cleared waivers, Ethan Moreau has been moved to the IR, Matt Calvert was recalled from Springfield, and Mike Commodore asked for a trade and was sent through waivers, and like Wilson, cleared them.

A crazy series of events not many could have predicted.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Jackets will be distracted by all of this tonight as the face-off against the “Mighty Ducks of Anaheim”… oh it isn’t 1999.

I’m really looking forward to watching Matt Calvert in action. Something about the energy in how he played during the Memorial Cup last winter makes everyone watching, and more importantly the team, perform with significantly more energy and excitement… something the Jackets desperately need when facing uncertainty.

Mason is expected to start, but no one knows for certain except for the man in charge.

The guys must find a way to dig deep and come out victorious tonight.

Go Jackets.


Game 17 – Anaheim Ducks

After starting the California trip out right with a huge win over the Kings, the Jackets look to keep the momentum up and pull out another win out West.

10:00pm EST, Honda Center

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As mentioned, the style and attitude that the Blue Jackets play with tonight might finally begin to tell us who this team is. As a team that has played so well on the road so far this season, playing 3 straight out West will happen a few times this year, and setting the right tone is integral for Scott Arniel and his coaching staff.

Aaron Portzline reported earlier that Steve Mason will make his 4th consecutive start tonight against the Ducks. Mason has looked shaky at some times with some juicy rebounds, see Wednesday’s game in LA, but has also come up huge when needed, also see Wednesday’s game in LA.

Another big factor will be the effectiveness of the top 2 lines. Last game the Jackets were able to stay competitive thanks to the bottom 6, but how long can that formula be successful?

Go Jackets.



Is it possible to have a “must-win” game only 5 games into the season? Probably not, but even when the regular season is 82 games long, every single point matters.

The Ducks are one of the teams, much like the Wild, that the Jackets must be able to scrap out a win against if they are to get within sniffing distance of the playoffs this season.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

While this isn’t the real home opener, it’s my own home opener. It’s going to be great to watch some live NHL hockey (that counts) for the first time this season. I hope, and certainly expect, that the Jackets continue to play the style of the San Jose and Minnesota games, and not that what was witnessed by a sellout crowd against the defending Stanley Cup Champions.

To see a nice breakdown of the projected line-ups for both the Blue Jackets and Ducks, please check out The Cannon.

Game previews:

From Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger is off to the best start of his career. He has 3 goals — including the shorthanded game-winner Saturday against the Wild.

From The Dispatch: the Blue Jackets haven’t beaten Anaheim at home in regulation since the 2007-08 season…. wow.

Yahoo! Sports

Not sure how you could miss this ray of sunshine from last night’s games:

Puck Daddy shares his take on what will be another prime example of the NHL’s inconsistent punishment guidelines.

Go Jackets.

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