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Pre-season game 7, Washington Capitals

After a solid win in Minneapolis, the Blue Jackets battle onward to the end of the pre-season, with a different line-up and goal, but this time against the Washington Capitals.

7:00pm, No local television, check Twitter for a pirated feed.

There are no scheduled replays of this game on NHL Network, so tonight we have to rely on the crew at The Dispatch and any Capitals bloggers/reporters for the information.

Speaking of replays, I DVR’d last night’s win at Minnesota and will be posting a re-cap of that “more-important-than-expected-game” tomorrow.

Until then…

Tonight’s CBJ line-up, via Puck-rakers:

F1: Filatov-Johansen-Kubalik
F2: Sestito-Wilson-Fritsche
F3: Murray-Guite-Mayorov
F4: Clark-MacKenzie-Blunden

D1: Klesla-Guenin
D2: Moore-Commodore
D3: Holden-Clitsome/Savard

G1: Garon
G2: LeNeveu

This game will feature many players fighting for their NHL lives. I think that Kubalik has made a case to remain on the roster through at least the Sweden trip, if not longer. Players like Sestito, are looking to make a statement to be the #1 call-up from Springfield. NHL Veterans Fritsche, Murray, Clark, and Blunden are in the fight of their lives to have a spot on the roster.

On the back-end Klesla is still trying to prove that he can play after last season’s unpleasant injuries, Commodore is still out to prove the doubters wrong, and Clitsome and Savard are trying to lock-down a spot in the NHL.

Tonight’s Capitals line-up:

Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, DJ King, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Mike Knuble, Matt Hendricks, Alexander Semin, Andrew Gordon, Jay Beagle, Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson

Defensemen: Tom Poti, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Brian Fahey, Jeff Schultz, Tyler Sloan

Defensmen who don’t actually play defense: Mike Green

Goaltenders: Michal Neuvirth, Dany Sabourin

In comparison, it’s a highly-motivated, under-manned, CBJ squad versus most of the Capitals opening night roster.

Crazy “Backin’ Up Song” woman says…

Go Jackets.


Just the Preseason – JACKETS LOSE

WSH 6 – CBJ 2

(I’d like to take a second to introduce/welcome fellow CBJ die-hard Tyler to some “spot-starts” with The Jacketsblog. Tyler and I have been going to Jackets games together for 3 years, and I think you’ll all appreciate his hockey knowledge as much, if not more, than I do. When I can’t make a game, and there’s no way to watch later, Tyler is THE GUY)

What does one take out of the first preseason game for most the Blue Jackets regulars? Not too much really, but there were some good and bad things that stuck out a bit. (Note that this game became a laugher with about 10 minutes left in the game and I stopped paying attention to what was going on. This recap really only covers 5/6 of the game for that reason.)

The Good:

The “Kid Line” of Jake Voracek, Nikita Filatov, and Derick Brassard was humming all night long. This is the line that fans have been salivating over since it was introduced early in the ’09-’10 season. This line is the present and future of the Blue Jackets franchise. What stood out was the chemistry between the three young guns. There were passes zipping from one side of the ice to another. While only producing one goal on the night, the creativity and speed this line possesses is simply something that has been lacking on past teams.

Jake Voracek has mastered the Rick Nash style power move and displayed his skill early and often. At least three times, Jake decided to drive to the net with the puck and was nearly unstoppable. Jake could have had several goals tonight on that move alone if Varlamov wasn’t playing out of his mind.

There really isn’t a better way to say this: Ryan Johansen is beast. Johansen was throwing his weight around all night in the defensive zone and produced several scoring chances. Granted this wasn’t a top defensive line that he would see in a regular season game, but it was nice to see that maybe Johansen wasn’t as much of a stretch as we all thought in June.

The offense was clicking early on. Don’t let the final score fool you; the Jackets were the better team early on tonight. I know the Capitals aren’t exactly the pinnacle of a defensive hockey team, but the amount of space the Jackets had to operate in the offensive zone allowed for some fun moments. On one delayed penalty, the Jackets kept play alive for over a minute by executing a high cycle along the blue line and even firing off a few shots in the process. As mentioned earlier, Varlamov played an excellent game tonight and this game could easily have been flipped.

The Bad:

The defense was, for lack of a better word, bad at times. Several times, a player was left wide open in front of the net for an easy rebound. On one goal Hejda carried one of the Capitals into Mason as the puck was shot. At times it seemed some of the defenseman, including Tyutin and Moore, seemed a step slow. It’s to be seen if this was just indecision from learning a new system, the training camp grind, or something else but this cannot continue. This begs the question: Will GMSH make a move for a defenseman or wait for a few more games to decide?

Jared Boll…enough said. Seriously, he didn’t even TRY to drop the gloves tonight. Actually he played pretty well and had even a breakaway (missed, of couse). I just have to make fun of him.

I do have to give a shout out to the game ops crew tonight. There were a few new, small tweaks made that showed. The new goal horn doesn’t have the same resonance as the old one, but you sure know when a goal is scored (it may be louder than the cannon!).

So what does one take away from this game? Not too much. Look at the positives and build on them while fixing some of the defensive miscues. I will say this, the future looks bright and hopefully the future is now.

Carry the Flag and GO JACKETS!!!


Pre-season game 2, Washington Capitals

The pre-season home opener sees the Jackets icing quite a potent line-up that should be able to handle a “b-list” of Caps players.

From Puck-rakers, the projected Blue Jackets line-up:

F1: Nikita Filatov, Derick Brassard, Jake Voracek
F2: R.J. Umberger, Ryan Johansen, Rick Nash
F3: Max Mayorov, Sammy Pahlsson, Chris Clark
F4: Petr Straka, Trevor Frischmon, Jared Boll

D1: Jan Hejda-David Savard
D2: John Moore-Dalton Prout
D3: Fedor Tyutin-Ted Ruth

G1: Steve Mason
G2: Daren Machesney

I wish I was attending to get my first look of the true young-stars top line. I’m also very curious how Johansen fits in with Umby and Nash, obviously Umberger’s there to take some face-off burden from young Johansen. On the back-end, John Moore gets his first chance to make a statement in-game.

The projected Capitals line-up:

D John Erskine
D Karl Alzner
D Brian Fahey
D Jeff Schultz
D Sean Collins
D Tyler Sloan
D John Carlson

F Tomas Fleischmann
F Eric Fehr
F Brooks Laich
F Jason Chimera
F Matt Hendricks
F Alexander Semin
F David Steckel
F Kyle Greentree
F Cody Eakin
F Joel Rechlicz
F Andrew Gordon
F Mathieu Perreault
F Marcus Johansson

G Semyon Varlamov
G Braden Holtby

Not a bad line-up from the Caps, clearly they’re missing Ovi and Mike Green, maybe big mouth Nate Ewell will suit up and go after Umberger again?

It’s important the Jackets are at least a good all-around team in this match-up. To be a successful pre-season game I believe there need to be minimal injuries, signs of chemistry, and obvious levels of grit and determination from the entire line-up.

Go Jackets.

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