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Blue Jackets Lose Ugly

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets lost 5-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, and it wasn’t that close. The new system brought to town by new coach Scott Arniel shorted out, a combination of the Jackets’ ineptitude and the Blackhawks’ speed, energy and effort.
“That was a big fat egg by us,” Arniel said. “Everything we tried to do backfired on us. All 20 players had a tough night tonight.

“I knew everything wasn’t going to come in one fell swoop. I knew we were going to take steps back on some nights. But I was hoping it wouldn’t be this game, or that ugly.”

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Blue Jackets Game Plan- Spirit & Goaltending

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

General manager Scott Howson, coming off a 32-victory season, attacked his team’s deficiencies by plucking 35-year-old Ethan Moreau off the waiver wire. Yowza.

To be fair, there was at least a concerted effort to change the culture. The back of the bench was swept clean, a new coaching staff was hired and a new style of play was publicly affirmed. A young, confident coach, Scott Arniel, believes he can play an up-tempo, pressure game and get results. The general thinking is that everything that went awry last season - the list is too long for this space - simply cannot be replicated. And the personnel has to be better. It has to.

Yesterday, Howson took some time to explain how this is supposed to work. In a phrase, it’s spirit and goaltending.

Howson’s core feeling is that the Jackets will be improved if only because their collective spirit, so damaged over the course of last season, is on the rise. What is more, goaltender Steve Mason - second in the Vezina Trophy voting as a rookie and second from the bottom of the league as a sophomore - is showing telling signs that he has matured and returned to good form.

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Back To America

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The challenge of traveling to Europe to play a couple of hockey games is only half completed.

Now both the Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets have to re-wind their body clocks back to normal—a nine-hour adjustment for San Jose, a six-hour adjustment for Columbus.

Both teams have six days off between Saturday’s game—a 3-2 overtime win for the Blue Jackets—and their next game, but each came up with a different recovery plan.

The Sharks chose to leave here immediately after Saturday’s game for the long flight back to San Jose and a schedule that has them back on the ice Monday. The Blue Jackets opted to stay another night for their flight back to Columbus, and are planning to take two days off.

“We debated a little bit,” said Sharks Coach Todd McLellan, whose staff consulted with sleep experts at Stanford.


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Steve Mason Saved By The Throat Protector

Patrick Marleau rifled a shot which was stopped by Steve Mason’s throat protector.  It wasn’t too long ago that piece was not part of the goalie mask.

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Evening Line

“The most important thing was the win, but for me personally, it was great to get the win in my first game with my new team so that I don’t have to worry about that.

A win, two goals against, it was OK.”

-San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi.  More on the game from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com.

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Columbus On The Right Path

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

In 40 months, general manager Scott Howson has overhauled the roster and the coaching staff. His predecessor had 111 months and left a nine-year mess. Is it cleaned up? Not fully, not yet. But I am a believer in Howson. At the very least, the Jackets have evolved, and the roster is deeper in talent than it ever was.

A team has some depth when it has a checking line with Sammy Pahlsson in the middle and Ethan Moreau and R.J. Umberger on the wings. It is a team that can match up. And I like the top six, with Antoine Vermette centering Kristian Huselius and Nash, and Nikita Filatov and Jake Voracek on the flanks of Derick Brassard. The Jackets have never had a trio as skilled, promising and compelling as the kid line.

Does the need remain for a top center? Yes. Does Brassard have to live up to his promise, finally? Yes, but he doesn’t have to be an All-Star. Does Nash have to do better than 67 points? Yes. And he will, guaranteed. He is an All-Star.


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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).


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A Win For The City Of Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The team and the city of Columbus stand to benefit from a boost of international recognition that local officials say could be unmatched.

“When we sign on for the radio broadcast and say, ‘Live from Stockholm,’ or when people pick up the newspaper and see a Stockholm (dateline), that’s when it’ll hit people,” Blue Jackets vice president of business operations Larry Hoepfner said. “It’s Columbus and it’s the Blue Jackets, playing on a world stage in front of an international audience.

“It’s exciting. I think when the puck drops, people will realize the magnitude of this opportunity.”...

“I’m not sure that anything in recent memory would be on this level,” said Linda Logan, executive director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. “This will elevate the reputation of Columbus to Scandinavia, certainly, but also most of Europe. It’s already been helped, frankly, by some of the Blue Jackets players who are from that part of the world, and this furthers it.

“It’s hard to quantify it, really, but anytime you can do something like this, it helps our image. It puts us on the map with people on the other side of the world.”


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Will The Blue Jackets System Work?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Last season, Jackets general manager Scott Howson shucked his inherited coach, Ken Hitchcock, whose idea of transition is to douse it in gas and light a match. Over the summer, Howson passed on hiring Kevin Dineen - whose style has Hitch-ian aspects of confrontation and grit - and instead chose Scott Arniel to be the new coach. Arniel came in preaching an up-tempo style, one which is supposed to suit the Jackets’ personnel.

Will it work?

It is not advanced calculus. One of the Jackets defensemen will join rushes when the opportunity presents itself. Both defensemen have more freedom to pinch in from the blue line. The aim is to apply more pressure, which creates more passing opportunities, which might lead to more offense.

This is the way the NHL is going. The lockout wrought new rules that sped up the game and reintroduced the stretch pass. Stanley Cup winners - Carolina, Pittsburgh and Chicago, pointedly - got faster and more offensive. The game changed.


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The Fighting Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

...if the Blue Jackets truly buy into Arniel’s system - which calls for pressuring the puck and confronting the puck-carrier at all spots on the ice - the organized mayhem that took place on Saturday against the Penguins could be seen a few more times this season.

The thought of feistiness spilling into violence prompted a grin and this summary comment from Arniel: “So be it.”

“I just tell the guys to fight on their terms,” Arniel said. “Fight when you’re ready to fight, not just when somebody else decides that because you ran somebody over he’s mad at you.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to disrupt the opposition. More of it may come up because we’re going to be in more of an attack mode.”

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