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Tuesday began with “NHL On the Fly” (on NHL Network) talking about the Western Conference playoff race and no mention of the Blue Jackets, but by the time most of us went to bed, still giddy about the win in Pittsburgh, “NHL On the Fly” was including the Jackets in the conversation.

Now the question is, can they STAY in the conversation?

7:00pm EST, Nationwide Arena

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

Now that the Blue Jackets have vaulted themselves into 12th place in the West, a mere 4 points out of 8th place, they must keep pace and overtake teams like Chicago, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Calgary, Anaheim, and Phoenix.

2 years ago when the Blue Jackets made their push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they won 4 straight games over Detroit, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Chicago in early march, which many, including me, coined “The Best Week Ever“.

Well, it’s a bit early to call this a “best week ever” especially since we’re still stuck in February, but the Blue Jackets are on their way making the remaining 28-ish games very interesting.

Maybe stringing together a few “best weeks ever” will happen, someone important could go down, somebody could cheat with somebody’s girlfriend, God only knows.

One thing I do know, Scott Howson’s decision whether to Buy or Sell at the NHL trade deadline in less than 3 weeks should be getting a bit easier with each victory.

Who to root for tonight:

Blue Jackets over Sharks (huge game, especially on a back-to-back)

Oilers over Blackhawks

Canucks over Ducks

Senators over Flames (c’mon Sens, help a brother out)

Red Wings over Predators

Stars over ‘Yotes

Avs over Wild

MASSIVE night in the NHL tonight.

Go Jackets.



Coming to you live from Iowa City, Iowa… Tonight the Jackets aim for something that has never been accomplished by the Blue Jackets… the California Sweep.

10:30pm EST, HP Pavilion

Fox Sports Ohio, High Definition

After another huge win, the Jackets go for 3 straight wins in California, but it has to come in the house of horrors that is the HP Pavilion.

Frankly, I don’t know what to say after the Blue Jackets were able to win in Anaheim last night. 5-1 on the road is just plain shocking.

The Jackets are playing sloppy sometimes, perfectly other times, and it just doesn’t seem to matter, they keep piling up the W’s.

I’m hoping to watch the game tonight via Gamecenter Live because I was fortunate enough to attend the OSU-Iowa NCAA Football game today… what a game.

Bad officiating is annoying regardless of sport, and regardless of which team I’m cheering for. I don’t want to win a game because of bad officiating, but I sure as hell don’t want to lose because of it either.

Tonight could be very special for the Jackets and Scott Arniel, they have the talent to win, but do they have the motivation?

Go Jackets.



After a shaky start to yesterday’s season opener, the Jackets recovered and made it a game. Steve Mason may have been unimpressive, the 2nd line of 1st round draft picks (Nikita Filatov – Derick Brassard – Jake Voracek) was ineffective, and way too many penalties were taken.

Today the Jackets get another shot at the Sharks.

3:00pm EST, NHL Network (HD), NHL Center Ice

Putting it simply, the two soft goals by Steve Mason early in the first period cost the Blue Jackets the game. He did play better as time passed, but there was little to be impressed with.

It was impressive to see Jared Boll win a fight like he did, and for maybe the first time ever, I’m disappointed that he’s out of the line-up for today’s rematch.

The 3rd line played to their pay grade, which was refreshing to see from Sammy Pahlsson and CBJ newcomer Ethan Moreau. Umberger, well he’s the unsung hero of this team right now, being able to play on any line (and not mouthing off about it), I hope that this line can keep it up until the rest of the team starts to click.

With the flipping from home to away team, the Jackets could have a rough time matching-up against the Sharks… more than they usually do anyways. Derick Brassard may have won 5 of 6 faceoffs, but there’s a reason for that… it’ll be much more challenging to protect him today.




Typically a Blue Jackets versus Sharks game is decided long before the puck ever hits the ice, but the great thing about a new season is that we’re all (before last night anyways) unbeaten.

The Sharks have usually out-manned, out-gunned, and out-lasted the Jackets whether the game be played in San Jose or Columbus, but today’s Stockholm opener presents a different challenge.

3:00pm EST, Ericsson Globe Arena, Versus HD

Seeing the great pictures of the sights in Stockholm, the arena’s the Sharks and CBJ have played in this week, and all the great fan interaction has made me wish time and again that I had the ability to make this trip to Sweden.

Certainly I’m not the only one who has felt this way witnessing all of it from afar. But I have a sense that the Blue Jackets want to put on a good show for the NHL and the hockey fans in Stockholm.

Here are the projected lines courtesy of The Dispatch and San Jose Mercury News

For the Sharks:

F1: Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Dany Heatley
F2: Jamie McGinn – Joe Thornton – Devin Setoguchi
F3: Ryane Clowe – Joe Pavelski – Torrey Mitchell
F4: Frazier McLaren – Scott Nichol – John McCarthy/Tommy Wingels

D1: Dan Boyle – Douglas Murray
D2: Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Niclas Wallin
D3: Kent Huskins — Jason Demers

G: Antti Niemi

For the Jackets:

F1: Kristian Huselius – Antoine Vermette – Rick Nash

F2: Nikita Filatov – Derick Brassard – Jake Voraceki

F3: Ethan Moreau – Sammy Pahlsson – RJ Umberger

F4: Jared Boll – Derek Mackenzie – Derek Dorsett

D1: Jan Hejda – Anton Stralman

D2: Fedor Tyutin – Marc Methot

D3: Rostislav Klesla – Mike Commodore

G: Steve Mason

Game Previews:

Yahoo! Sports

The Dispatch

It Starts Now.

Go Jackets.

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