To clarify, I never said that Jason Williams would be the big key to making the playoffs - but he is a step in the right direction. Our power play, is at best pathetic. We needed a power play specialist and that is exactly what he is. One third of his production was produced on the power play, according to Michael Arace. So please, try to explain how that is not an improvement from what we had.
Here is a video from practice today. They talk to Huselius, Voracek, and Williams of course. I think Williams is happy to be one of the pieces to help us keep our playoff spot.
Tons to talk about in the Jackets world! First of all the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday to move into the eighth spot in the Western Conference. That is HUGE for this hockey club, also, it should be known that with the win, we are guaranteed to win the season series against the Avs.
Tomorrow night is the night when the Colorado Avalanche come to Columbus. One man who won’t be on the ice for the Avs - Adam Foote, will still likely be the talk of the town. In fact, he’s been the talk for almost a year now. You see, Foote left us, five points out of a playoff spot, and apparently, Terry Frei, thinks that even though he left, we still received draft picks, so we shouldn’t be bitter. Here’s what he said:
The funny thing is, Columbus ended up getting first- and fourth-round draft choices for Foote, now 37. That’s a great deal for the Blue Jackets - one that looks more as if the Jackets made it from a position of strength, not backed-into-a-corner weakness.
Seriously? This team, is amazing. Still without the services of Nash, Brassard, and Klesla just to name a few, the Jackets pulled out a victory, that I didn’t think would be possible. The story of the night? Nikita Filatov. Forget for a moment, Steve Mason, I know, I know, it’s difficult. How good is this kid? Three goals tonight, against a great defensive team.
The make or break roadtrip is over. And, I am proud to say, that this team, missing quite a few regulars including Brassard, Nash, and Huselius, made it! The Jackets finished the six game road trip that took them from California to DC, with a 4-2-0 record. Not too bad, I honestly, couldn’t be happier with the way everything came together. We are still in the playoff race, sitting one point out, and in 10th place.
Steve Mason, too young for the All-Star game…so he’s all about the YoungStars Game.
The Capitals GM George McPhee said in the interview between periods, that Steve Mason is the Rookie of the Year right now, I agree.
The kid is leading the league in all categories, except for wins, and in my opinion, he got jipped out of the All-Star game, but what can you do.
Does this injury really impact us that much? Let’s be real here. Steve Mason has taken over the net in Columbus and it doesn’t look like that is going to change at any point anytime soon. The thing that makes me the most upset is that Norrena could in theory still be up here, and could play the role of backup.
I have to say I am proud of the effort last night from the Blue Jackets. Steve Mason stood on his head. Unfortunately Rick Nash was injured, something that I didn’t get an opportunity to see except on replays.
Nash is out for the weekend…at least. So what do you do when your captain/best player goes down? You call up Nikita Filatov of course. Filatov is coming off a great World Juniors, and will definitely add something to our roster, I mean what can it hurt?
Jackets play tomorrow in Detroit, and I am beginning to feel good about it. That has to mean something right?
Still no word on the meeting with Legein today, perhaps we will find more out tomorrow. Here’s the update from Lindsay Kramer on Legein.
What do you do when your team keeps taking injury hits?
Well, if your me, you feel sorry for yourself…really sorry for yourself.
I know I shouldn’t and I was doing well for a while but after the loss to the Blues, I just want to feel bad. Nothing like self pity I guess.