I’m here, I made it to Columbus!! I will update during the game!
There aren’t too many fans here, but the one’s that are, are being quite loud.
Also, did I mention that this is my first preseason game…ever. Because, if I didn’t, it totally is.
The Blue Jackets have announced their lineup for the game tonight against the Minnesota Wild. We are icing a team of mostly regulars. Below is the lineup for the Jackets and the Wild. Also, remember I will be liveblogging the game, as best I can tonight, so any comments are appreciated!
Nikita Filatov made his long awaited debut. It was a 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, but he’s still happy, that he played at least.
“I was so excited because I was waiting for this moment for a long time because of my injury. I’m happy because it was my first game, but to lose is not so good emotions.”
It’s okay Nikita, it was only a preseason game, you will have many more games to play, and win in.
Nikita Filatov will take the ice tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres. It should be a good game, it’s always loud when the Sabres are in town. And we are icing a team with mostly regulars. Here’s the lineup for tomorrow night:
The Blue Jackets have a tendency to lose players due to injury more often than not. Derick Brassard is not an exception to that, the young center who was destined to play with Nash and Huselius, is suffering from flu like symptoms. But, according to Puck-Rakers it could be code for something else, like a concussion. Not good news. Let’s hope it really is flu like symptoms and not a concussion.
Also, Maksim Mayorov is being assigned to Syracuse. The Syracuse Crunch start their practices today.
The Blue Jackets will be battling with the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night at home, and it is possible that Filatov will make his debut, if not tomorrow then definitely Friday. More later.
The Blue Jackets crushed the
Chicago Blackhawks last night. The Jackets scored seven goals on the Blackhawks newest number one goaltender, Cristobal Huet, while the Hawks only managed to score one against Pascal Leclaire. The night sounds pretty good doesn’t it? It wasn’t without its faults though, Raffi Torres decided to drop the gloves with Ben Eager. Torres went down and separated his shoulder, he is expected to be out six weeks. This is not good news for the Blue Jackets, although it does allow for one of our prospects to take his place, yes, including Filatov, who is able to play nine games before being sent down to the minors. But, before we get into that, let’s get into the game.
The Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. The final score of 3-1 Preds doesn’t do a lot of justice to what actually happened in the game. The Jackets dressed one of their top six forwards, RJ Umberger, and we didn’t dress any of our top four defensemen. Two of the three Predators goals were scored on the power play. It was a tough night for the Jackets as Tootoo seemed to get under the skin of everyone. He did his job extremely well last night. He never dropped the gloves, on order from Barry Trotz, who said:
``It was a physical game and obviously they’ve been targeting Jordin the last two nights,’’ Trotz said. ``I basically put the no-fighting (restriction) on Jordin. There’s no sense fighting some guy that will not be in the league.’’
He was talking about Jon “Nasty” Mirasty. I’m sure there are a couple of regulars who wouldn’t have mind to throw down with him, Boll if his arm wasn’t still on the mend and Tollefson who already had one fight under his belt. However, October 17th will be here soon enough, and Tootoo will be against a lineup of Jackets who won’t mind dropping the gloves.
The Blue Jackets won the game against the Predators. A game that saw the Blue Jackets score four goals. The Predators were up 2-1, and the Jackets scored three goals in a row, from Voracek, Murray, and Huselius. The Preds tried to make a come back with a goal from Peters.
It’s nice to say we won a game against Nashville. Again, we don’t do it often so when we do, even if it is just a preseason game, it’s a BIG deal. I found this quote from Trotz interesting, it’s his response to Hitch putting in Nasty.
“You can call it gamesmanship or whatever. There are things we want to do in Nashville, so we’ll go about our business. I’m sure Hitch is doing the same thing. He’s trying to change certain things in Columbus, attitudes or whatever, so his message to his team will be a lot different than my message to my team. I’m trying to sort out some of our positions of competition. That’s priority number one in these first three games.
“So we’ll treat it as a regular preseason game, nothing special. If they want to make it a big deal, they have a different message than us. We’re just going to go up there and do our thing.”
The Blue Jackets are playing the Nashville Predators tonight at home. It’s the preseason home opener and the Blue Jackets are bringing out the big players for this game. The Predators rivalry is an interesting one to say the least. We only beat the Predators ONCE last season, and the season before that, we never beat them. No one is okay with this, and that’s why, this is our lineup for tonight:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have cut twelve more players from training camp. This brings the camp down to 47 players.
Erik Felde, Ryan Garlock, John Hughes, Brian McGuirk, Peter Pohl, Kirill Starkov, John Vigilante, Shane Willis, Trevor Hendrikx, Dan Smith, Jon Landry, and Ryan Mior were the men cut. None of the names surprise me, they weren’t expected to make the big club. McGuirk, Pohl, Starkov, Vigilante, Hendrikx, Smith, and Landry were assigned to the Crunch. We still have to get it down a lot more before opening night.
Nikita Filatov won’t be playing on Friday, he will likely play one week from today, at the game against Buffalo, or Friday vs the Wild. I will likely be attending the game against the Wild.
Here are my thoughts so far on what is going on with the Jackets, and who I think will be on the ice opening night.