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While the Jackets have a run of success as of late, they still sit 6 points out of 8th place. They may need to return to the level of success experienced in the early season they were able to find on the road.

3:00pm EST, American Airlines Center

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

Not much to say other than the Jackets must continue to fight and scrap for every available point from here on out.

Road games are all about the first period, if the Jackets can get through the first tied or down 1, they’re in good shape… if not… well let’s not go there.

Who to root for today:

Jackets over Stars

Oilers over Ducks

Panthers over Sharks

Flyers over Kings

Go Jackets.



The fast-falling Blue Jackets again try to break the “curse of the 3rd sweater” tonight against the Dallas Stars.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

After getting off of a 5-game losing streak against the Dallas Stars just 6 games ago, the Jackets will again look to get off the losing track at home against the Stars.

Mathieu Garon gets the start tonight as Sieve Mason tries to get his act together.

Unfortunately, this season has taken a sharp turn for the worse, but unlike last year, points and wins are coming up every few losses. More good news? The return of Kristian Huselius to the line-up has provided an instant spark, I thought it might take him a little longer to get back in the swing of things, but Juice looks to be back and ready to make an impact.

The bad news? The slump of the defense. Both in-goal and on the blue line, the Jackets have taken a few steps back. Whether it be poor goaltending or poor defensive zone coverage, things are going wrong from every angle. The Jackets must find a way to stay in games at the beginning. Giving up the first goal in all 3 Western Canadian cities is NOT a recipe for success for any team home or away, but especially against teams the Jackets should be beating (EDM and CGY).

The Jackets and many fans are home for the holidays, time to get this season going the right direction again.

Go Jackets.


Like the song says – JACKETS WIN

DAL 2 – CBJ 3 (SO)

It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it.

Like the song says, “There ain’t no way but the hard way”. Well, losing 5 straight games and two of them in stellar fashion, and then winning an ugly come-from-behind game is definitely the “hard way” to do things.

Tonight I wasn’t able to attend the game, so here is a special guest post from “Friend of the Blog” Dannie:

When Derek Dorsett told The Dispatch this morning he wasn’t interested in retribution for his concussion doled out by James Neal a year ago, he was instead creating offensive opportunities and kept the puck moving all night long.

The first period was dominated by the Blue Jackets, although the shots (7-5 for the home club) were much closer than the game play itself. Aside from four minutes where Jackets players were boxed for interference penalties, the Jackets controlled much of the play. All five of Dallas’ shots were on net, but Mathieu Garon was able to turn them aside. The Jackets scored at 5:26 of the first period when a rushing Kris Russell flipped a shot over goaltender Kari Lehtonen’s shoulder from the right circle. 1-0 Jackets.

(Editor’s note: Lehtonen seemingly forgot that he wasn’t the back-up tonight and barely even reacted as Russ took the shot)

In the second period, the ice was tilted the other direction. While the Jackets had ample opportunities to bury the puck, they weren’t able to connect passes or pop in rebounds left sitting on the doorstep. The fourth line came up with a few big unexpected chances, but were unable to bury them.

(Editor’s Note: Jared Boll, how the heck do you not bury that puck? Oh right, you’re Jared Boll)

Unfortunately, the Stars got on the board at 15:45 of the second period, when a shot by Brad Richards fluttered off the top of Garon’s glove and into the back of the net tying the game at 1-1 The Stars got a late second period opportunity when Methot was sent off for elbowing, but were unable to get anything flowing before the buzzer.

Through two periods, the shots were 15-10 Columbus, and the Jackets more than doubled up hits on Dallas.

The early minutes of the third period the Jackets team of late seemed to reappear in meltdown form, but a few solid plays by Moreau kept the play in Columbus’ favor. Derek Dorsett was hauled down on a break in front of the net, but the ensuing power play was unable to capitalize – yet again.

Steve Ott pulled the Stars ahead 2-1 at 7:52 on a bad defensive breakdown that saw Kris Russell too far out of position in his own defensive zone, allowing too many white jerseys to camp in front of Garon.

From there on, the Jackets were back on their heels, spending too much time with the puck on their stick instead of in motion; making too many passes and losing their ability to get a shot off.

With under two minutes to go, Dallas took a penalty that allowed the Jackets to pull Garon for a six on four advantage. After a runaround first minute of the power play, the 7 million dollar man Rick Nash potted a shot from the half wall and in.

Tie game, 2-2

The vocal 10,932 who braved the 5-degree wind chill to come to Nationwide erupted.

In overtime, the Jackets were able to move the puck in overtime and tagged Lehtonen with four shots (zero for Dallas), but the Finnish goaltender flashed the leather to turn them aside.

Tied after overtime… here comes everybody’s favorite… SHOOTOUT!

During the shootout, Rick Nash shot first, skating wide right before scoring on Lehtonen. James Neal was the first shooter for Dallas – missing to a chorus of boos. In the second round, Filatov missed while Brad Richards netted one for Dallas. Scott Arniel sent Kyle Wilson out third for his first career shootout attempt – and goal. Jamie Benn was unable to beat Garon and extend the shootout.

A HUGE thank you to Dannie for her contribution. Hopefully my minor edits don’t take away from her descriptive writing!

Boom. Roasted. Jackets win.

From what I watched on ye ole DVR, and Dannie’s description, the Jackets seemed to continue their inconsistent play, but enough bounces went their way so get two points tonight against Dallas.

Guess what, Detroit and Nashville lost tonight too!

Thanks again to Dannie.

Go Jackets.



The Jackets are still looking to get back on the right track, and will have their chance tonight against the surprisingly hot Dallas Stars.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

What can you really say after the last week’s events?

Believe it or not, after losing 5 straight and claiming points in only one of those losses, the Jackets are still “above the line” when it comes to playoff standings. That’s all well in good until you watch how the team has played recently.

The Stars are leading the Pacific Division and are a team that I expected to be on the outside looking in come playoff time. They have had solid goaltending and better defense than I expected, and here they are 6 spots higher in the standings than the Blue Jackets.

The Stars have won 6 straight and until Saturday’s massacre at the hands of the Penguins, the Jackets had done a decent job ending opposing team’s hot streaks, namely St. Louis.

Tom Reed says it’s Garon in net tonight:

And he also has that Mackenzie is a healthy scratch and so is one of the main cogs of the blue line:

Let’s see if Arniel’s mini-shake-up will grab the attention of enough guys to make it a game worth watching tonight.

Go Jackets.

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