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Columbus Needs To “Bring It” Every Night

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, despite years of picking high in the draft, have fewer dynamic players than just about any other club in the Western Conference, save Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets can’t beat clubs on autopilot. The only way they can be successful is when they play a high-octane, borderline reckless brand of hockey.

“It’s not enough for us to match the energy of our opponents,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We have to bring more energy than they have. We have to outplay them in that aspect of the game, or we’re going to struggle.”

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Wings Lose “Soft” Tag

from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,

Random thoughts on the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz is right—these Red Wings are no longer soft around the edges. They were every bit as physical as the Blue Jackets. Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Sergei Fedorov absolutely set the tone for the game. Fedorov ended up taking a penalty moments later and the Red Wings scored on the power play.

—All the Red Wings’ goals were the result of hard work in front of the net or the willingness to drive to the net.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Measuring Stick Game Tonight For Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is still getting a read on the club, measuring strengths and weaknesses.

A game like tonight’s could expose both of those.

“Detroit is the best team in the NHL, probably right there with Ottawa,” Howson said. “You could call it a barometer game for us, absolutely.

“I thought the Anaheim games (earlier this season) were those kind of games, too, and we fared pretty well. But you always want to measure yourself against the best.”

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Jody Shelley Proud Of Columbus Success

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“Driving in some days, you feel like you’re going to go out on the ice and run through the boards,” Shelley said Sunday night as he watched the Jackets play the St. Louis Blues. He was sitting alone in a darkened booth on press row, just below the rafters.

Shelley is—or was—primarily an enforcer. But there are fewer fights in the NHL. There is also a greater importance on special teams, so agitation is a more delicate art. In the Jackets’ case, they have this kid Jared Boll who knows how to irritate, and skate, and hit.

read on

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Blue Jackets Getting National Attention

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Melrose credits the structure created by coach Ken Hitchcock, the commitment of the players and the goaltending of Leclaire as the major factors in the Blue Jackets’ turnaround. Several national hockey pundits expressed similar opinions about a team that began yesterday with the NHL’s third-best record.

“I don’t think anyone can truly say they saw this coming,” said Brian Engblom, an analyst for the Versus television network and a former Blue Jackets television color commentator.

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Leclaire Seeing Shots & Stopping Shots

from the STATS Blog,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the surprise team in the early going, and their goaltender, Pascal Leclaire, has been stellar, posting a league-high five shutouts in his nine starts. It shouldn’t come as a shock that Leclaire, who turns 25 on Wednesday, also ranks first among his peers with a 1.12 goals-against average and .957 save percentage.

In the last 10 days, Leclaire has secured wins despite facing his two highest shot totals of the season. On Oct. 25, he faced a season-high 36 and stopped all of them for a 3-0 win over St. Louis. In Los Angeles on Halloween, Leclaire was 33-for-34 in a 4-1 decision against the Kings. He hasn’t lost when facing 30 shots.

read on for some interesting stats when goalies face a high amount of shots…

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Blue Jackets Ranked

Mike Brophy of the Hockey News ranked the NHL teams today…

1. Ottawa
Spezza signed, sealed and delivered

2. Detroit
Ozzie has been really good

3. Carolina
Look who’s bouncing back to life

4. Columbus
Leclaire unbelievable with five shutouts

read on and Columbus should be going hockey crazy…

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The “New” Zherdev

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nash said as much when he was asked about the difference between the 2006 Zherdev and the 2007 model.

“I think the biggest thing is his work ethic,” Nash said. “He’s out there every single shift working 110 percent. And that was a team problem in general, not just him. Last year, a lot of the guys were taking nights off, myself included.”

Zherdev didn’t single-handedly hold the Blue Jackets below their potential, even if he seems to be a glistening example now. While the change in Zherdev’s play seems incredible, it likely started during the summer when Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock made a special trip to Ottawa to meet with Zherdev and his agent, Rollie Hedges.

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Blue Jackets Get A Taste Of Playoff Hockey

from the Columbus Dispatch,

After six NHL seasons, the Blue Jackets might have gotten their first taste of “playoff hockey” Thursday night.

Defenseman Adam Foote, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche, knows. So does coach Ken Hitchcock, who guided the Dallas Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup.

“That was playoff hockey,” Foote said. “That right there is as close as you can get in the regular season.

“It’s real good experience for us, especially for some of the younger guys. It’s a different level you have to get to, and we showed we were up for it under some pretty tough circumstances.”

Hitchcock corrected a reporter who asked if he considered the loss a “good” point in the standings.

“No, no,” Hitchcock said. “This is a great point for our hockey club….”

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Up Late On The East Coast?

from Bethany’s Hockey Rants,

9:41…I love liveblogging!! I’m so excited this is the first one of the year. Some pre-game thoughts. Pascal being in…I have a good feeling a sense of calm. Also, I was reading on Puck-Rakers and apparently the Ducks are going after Boll.

continued and join in on some hockey talk during the Columbus/LAK game…

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