Sometimes, you don’t need to worry about the goals, the shutouts, and the struggling defense, you need to worry about something else. Today the Blue Jackets helped out Flashes of Hope. It’s a non-profit organization that takes photographs of children fighting cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Rick Nash, Fredrik Modin, Jared Boll, and Jason Chimera went in to take pictures with the kids.
I think this is something that everyone can relate to. We all know someone who has been affected by a life threatening disease. For me, it was my Uncle, who passed away three years ago in February with complications stemming from his leukemia. It was a great way for the Blue Jackets to do something meaningful and to help these kids have a reason to smile, in the toughest time of their young lives.
I think saying “Undefeated at Home” is a little much at this point. However, we are 2-0 at home, very exciting! Derek Dorsett scored the game winning goal, his first in the NHL and against one of the best goaltenders in the league. Here’s Dorsett on his first goal:
“It was a huge relief, probably one of the biggest celebrations I’ve done after a goal. It’s just really exciting and I’m glad that I got it.”
We’re glad you got it too Derek. The Blue Jackets played two really great periods, and had a bit of a breakdown in the third, and Pascal Leclaire was outstanding.
So, to further clear the air, Puck Daddy talks to Mike Commodore about the photograph. In all honesty, it’s a must read. Commodore is a funny guy.
Does he recall what the mysterious book on the bed may have been? “No. No I don’t. Although if I look at it ... hold on, it’s posted up over here in the room.”
Commodore walked over to an unspecified location in the Blue Jackets locker room, reviewed the posted photo, and returned.
“If I had to guess, it may have been a Vince Flynn book,” he said, regarding the best-selling pop fiction author. “It’s just kinda like a police kinda thriller.”
So someone put the photo up in the room in Columbus, huh?
“We had a media day here, about how to handle the media. It was nice timing with that picture coming out. That is now Exhibit A,” Commodore said with a laugh. “I’m setting an example for the young guys on what not to do. Being a good leader here.”
Fredrik Modin is now on IR with a groin injury, according to Puck-Rakers to “make room for Malhotra.” Modin won’t be able to play the next three games, Picard is back in the lineup and Kris Russell is scratched. Here are the defensive pairings for the game tonight.
The Blue Jackets are looking to add an interim goalie coach. Clint Malarchuk shot himself in the chin, and the Blue Jackets are now searching for someone to replace him temporarily as no decision has been made on his long term future with the club. According to Puck-Rakers a decision could be made in the next two weeks.
And, in strange news Kris Russell practiced as a forward. Why, you may ask? Nobody really knows. Portzline guesses that Hitch wants to keep Methot and/or Tollefsen in the lineup. They both were a plus-1 on the night. Random fact about Kris Russell, his twin brother, Ryan Russell is playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs as a center.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and FOX Sports Ohio announced October 20 that they have reached an agreement to have the NHL Center Ice local blackout lifted for the six games not scheduled to be televised by FOX Sports Ohio. The blackout will be lifted on all U.S. Center Ice providers, including DirecTV, Echostar (Dish Network) and iN DEMAND (digital cable).
The lifting of the blackout will allow Blue Jackets fans who subscribe to the NHL Center Ice package to view all 82 of the team’s regular season games. FOX Sports Ohio is carrying 75 games live this season, while the February 3rd game vs. St. Louis will be televised live on VERSUS. The six games affected by the blackout lift are: October 21 vs. Vancouver, October 25 at Minnesota, November 18 vs. Edmonton, December 4 at San Jose, December 29 at Los Angeles and March 13 at Chicago.
That means that I will be able to watch all 82 games! Also, just wanted to show the tribute to Mr. Mac.
I really don’t want to talk about the game from last night, which is probably why it took me until now to even post about it. Coming off a huge home opener win, we had one of the worst efforts I have seen from the Blue Jackets. Fredrik Norrena looked absolutely awful in net, and he admitted it.
“I didn’t stop anything.”
It was definitely a team loss though. We weren’t even trying, and even though we had three goals, it should have just been a shutout as far as I’m concerned. If we are going to make the playoffs we have to start playing better as a team. The goaltenders, the defense, and the forwards. We don’t have an excuse to be out of a game ever, we have two perfectly qualified goaltenders, we have a blue line that shouldn’t hurt us (Tyutin was a minus-3, Klesla was a minus-4 last night), and we have forwards that are able to score.
What do you guys think?
“To be honest I really don’t care. As far as I’m concerned I’m 1-0 as a Blue Jacket against Nashville. I know a lot of past times were tough and the obviously dominated the series and that counts for something for sure, good for them, but as far as I’m concerned this is my first year here and whatever happened last year and years prior.”
It’s good to have that type of attitude in the room. We all know what our record is against the Predators, it’s not a secret. At home the Preds have an 18-3-2 record against us, since we came into the league. It’s going to be a tough fight tonight, but we know we have the skill to do it.
Wow. That’s all I can say after the home opener against the Nashville Predators. But, before I get into the game, I have to thank Alanah for posting about Peca’s suspension for me (I will have more on it tomorrow), while I was away. I really appreciate it.
The game started off great, with an amazing tribute to Mr. Mac. It was a little sad, but I think it definitely got the boys, especially those who have been here for a while motivated to get the win for him. Mr. Mac would have loved tonights game, everyone (aside from Preds fans I’m sure) left happy. Hitch described the game best when he said:
“It felt bizarre. It was entertaining as hell and wildly exciting and that’s probably what it’s going to be for a little while - a few more like this and they are going to put us in the loony bin. It’s exciting. We’re never going to be out of a game with this team.”
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