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After Wednesday’s demoralizing loss to the Sharks, the Jackets once again have their backs against the wall and need to find a way to beat their Western Conference nemesis, Colorado.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

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Yes, we all should be over the Adam Foote saga by now, but quotes like these from Puck-rakers yesterday, have to aggravate every fan a bit:

Former Jackets captain Adam Foote (strained quad) practiced today, but said he struggled with the one-on-one battle drills. “It doesn’t look promising,” he said in reference to playing Friday night.

Foote has played in Nationwide Arena just twice since being moved at the 2008 trade deadline. Asked why the Avs have had so much success against the Jackets, he smiled and said: “I don’t know I so rarely play against them.”

I’ll fully admit, I may never get over how that POS weaseled his way out of Columbus and away from his team.

Right now though, the focus must be on the looming struggle to reach 8th place. Wednesday night when the Jackets lost to the Sharks, literally everything in the NHL went the wrong way to help the Blue Jackets chances.

But the Jackets didn’t claim the two points they have any control over.

A loss tonight against the Avs could put the Jackets 8 points out of the playoffs again, and ending the week just how they started… back to square one.

One goal losses that fail to gain a point cannot be tolerated at this point. It’s time for someone on this team, or the whole team, to reach down deep and pull out a run that makes every fan and follower proud.

As sappy as it sounds, it’s exactly what the Jackets need. They are the underdog, and need to play with that chip-on-the-shoulder attitude that has inspired so many other teams throughout sports history.

As for the game itself….

The Jackets have struggled mightily since the 08-09 season-series sweep of the Avs… There seems to be a trend in Blue Jackets-land that when the CBJ try to tell a specific team that “They are for real” they get punished for it at least two-fold. See the 8-2 stomping of Detroit in March of 2009, and the previously mentioned season sweep of Colorado.

One would assume Steve Mason gets the start tonight. Let’s face it, he’s earned it. The recent stretch should prove to most that he CAN be the franchise goaltender that most believe he is, but it has a lot more to do with the play in front of him than many choose to admit.

The Jackets need a strong outing from everyone on the roster if they hope to walk away with 2 points tonight.

Who to root for:

Jackets over Avs

Blues over Wild

Devils over Sharks

Stars over Blackhawks

Go Jackets.



What a surprise, Judas, aka Adam, doesn’t look to be playing tonight when the Avs come calling in Columbus.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

After Wednesday’s beatdown of then conference leading St. Louis, the Blue Jackets need to keep the ball rolling tonight against a depleted Avs squad.

Puck-rakers has a complete list of the injuries and projected lines:

Jackets Lines

F1: Wilson-Brassard-Voracek
F2: Umberger-Vermette-Filatov
F3: Dorsett-Pahlsson-Clark
F4: Murray-Blunden/MacKenzie-Boll

D1: Hejda-Stralman
D2: Tyutin-Russell
D3: Klesla-Methot

G1: Mason
G2: Garon

Avalanche Lines:



I know one CBJ fan who might get a little excited about Porter playing on the first line…

If Nash plays, or doesn’t play is the biggest question of the night. It tends to force the rest of the team to step up, and could teach Arniel a thing or two about the “lesser” stars of this team in the Absence of the captain.

While the Jackets are sitting here with a 9-5 record, I think it’s getting to be about that time where more fans need to get up off their butts and head to the arena. Trust me, I understand those who are jaded and need more time before they can jump back on the bandwagon, but, as a fellow fan, I think you’d want to be back on the band wagon sooner rather than later.

Tonight needs to be another statement game from Steve Mason, as one good game behind a blowout from your offense, doesn’t mean the net belongs to you. Prove to all of us, again and again, that you want the net and will keep working to keep it.

Go Jackets.



The Jackets make their first appearance in Mile-high City of the 2010 season. After a 0-4 swoon against the Avs, just one season after sweeping the season series, the Jackets look to start this year’s series on the right foote. (pun intended)

9:00pm EST, Pepsi Center

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How will the young Jackets handle their 3-game winning streak? On Thursday there were questions about handling a 2-game streak of wins, but heck, keep on winning and I’ll gladly ask the questions.

I think it’s safe to say the Jackets are off to a hot start. The only real setbacks have been the ugly home losses to Chicago and Calgary, but the Jackets have found a way to win 6 times in 9 tries… not a bad clip.

One of the most interesting aspects of the early going for the CBJ is the lack of scoring from players you’d expect:

Chris Clark 0-6-6

Kristian Huselius 3-2-5

RJ Umberger 4-1-5

Marc Methot 0-5-5

Chris Clark is actually leading the club in something, and it’s not most-overpaid-over-the-hill-winger. Seriously, I don’t have a problem with Clark, and it’s great to see a player like him contributing so far. One has to think that if Moreau doesn’t go down with a broken hand, that Clark isn’t showing so much fire and scoring touch. Plus it’s a contract year for Clark and Moreau…

Tonight’s line-up via The Cannon:

Rick Nash Derick Brassard Jakub Voracek
R.J. Umberger Antoine Vermette Derek Dorsett
Chris Clark Samuel Pahlsson Kyle Wilson
Nikita Filatov Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Rostislav Klesla Marc Methot
Kris Russell Anton Stralman
Nick Holden Fedor Tyutin
Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

It was a surprise Thursday, but won’t be tonight as Jan Hejda is out of the line-up again.

Game previews on the busiest night in the NHL: – Directly from the NHL preview:

Really? Rick Nash is an All-Star center??? Just because we’re a small-market team doesn’t mean we don’t notice your mistakes in the preview!

The Dispatch – Could tonight be the night the CBJ score more than 3?

Yahoo! Sports mentions the middling CBJ power play (4 for 41).


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