Posts Tagged ‘edmonton



Lower expectations lead to better-feeling results… After last night’s HUGE win in Motown the Jackets need to do it against the bottom feeder of the Western Conference.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

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The Jackets return to the friendly confines of Nationwide where they have to make headway if they want to stay in the race for the post season.

A lot of credit for last night’s win is due to Steve Mason, but even more is due to the team in front of him playing so well. They helped limit Detroit’s chances, and Detroit also failed on a few easy chances… sounds like a team we all know and love.

Tonight the Oilers bring a completely different challenge with their youth, pugnacity, and speed. Edmonton is no Detroit, and rightfully so sits a full 30 points behind the Wings in the standings. The Jackets sit 6 points out of 8th place and must continue to accumulate points, but especially at home where they have struggled mightily (12-12-1).

I’m personally looking forward to what John Moore brings tonight in his expected-NHL-debut, but more intriguing is what kind of play will we see out of goaltender Steve Mason?

A new “feature” thanks to some facts and figures at…

Who to root for tonight:

CBJ over Edmonton (obviously)

Boston over San Jose

Red Wings over Predators (can they both lose?)

Go Jackets.



Riding the wave of another comeback to force overtime, but the inability to pull out a win in overtime, will the Jackets stop playing with fire and go for the jugular from the start tonight?

9:30pm EST, Rexall Place

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Running late for a concert… roads are bad… yeah yeah, excuses excuses.

Gotta find a way for two points tonight.

Go Jackets.



The Oilers come to town touting last summer’s number one overall pick, Taylor Hall, and a slew of other high picks from recent drafts.

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

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Winners of two straight, which version of the Columbus Blue Jackets will show up? Will we see the team that put up clunkers against Chicago and Calgary or the hard-hitting team from Stockholm and the Anaheim, Chicago, and Philly wins?

I tend to believe the “real” Blue Jackets are of the winning variety and when the pressure’s on, that’s who we’ll see.

Playing a team like Edmonton can be a tough spot for any team. This is an opponent the Blue Jackets should beat, which is why I worry about tonight’s game.

The Oil are full of young energetic players, and then there’s that girl named Ales.

Don’t get me wrong, they are a talented group that can be dangerous especially if Sieve Mason shows up tonight.

Game Previews:

The Copper and Blue has probably the most in-depth scouting report you will see all season about the Blue Jackets. (ht to Dark Blue Jacket) points out that the Jackets lost the season-series opener last year, but won 3 straight… will this year be the same?

Yahoo! Sports reminds us of Hemsky’s stats against the CBJ (7-10-17 in 9 games)

The Dispatch wonders if the CBJ can keep up the winning.

Finally, not a game preview but a great article from today’s Columbus Dispatch about the “hometown hero” RJ Umberger. When Umberger was signed in the summer of 2008 I instantly started to mull over the options of different CBJ sweaters to buy. Umby became the first every professional sport jersey/sweater I have ever purchased with a player’s name on it. With his hard-working, gritty style, and oh yeah, he’s a BUCKEYE, it made sense for someone like me to pick out his name for my own sweater.

Go Jackets.

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