We are two games into the preseason now, and with a game tonight against the dreaded Predators. It’s time for another update.
The Jackets lost the first two preseason games, the first a 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins, the second, last night a 2-0 loss to the Wild.
The scariest news out of last night, was that Jason Chimera, was carried off on a stretcher after a hit from Eric Belanger (of course don’t forget that Chimera gave the crowd 2 thumbs up as he left).
The quote that shook me the second I read it was from Fredrik Modin:
What a weekened! Friday I packed up and headed down to Nashville to watch the Jackets take on the Preds.
The game was great, the Jackets had a chance to win being up 3-1 but the Jackets were IN Nashville so the Preds tied it up and then scored a fourth goal. Thankfully Williams tied it up, but of course the Blue Jackets lost in a shootout.
It’s the wrong time of year for a team who has never made the post-season to drop the ball and that’s exactly what the Blue Jackets did this last weekend.
Nobody other than the captain played well, and that includes goaltender Steve Mason, but I absolutely refuse to pin the losses on him. He’s the reason we’re here, and the reason we’re battling for our playoff position.
Now onto the game tonight.
For the first time in franchise history we have 40 wins. FORTY. It’s a very exciting time to be a Blue Jackets fan.
The Blue Jackets lost two HUGE points to the Nashville Predators. Give credit where credit is due, Pekka Rinne was outstanding tonight. He made 31 saves, and looked great, it was really my first time watching him play, and I was quite impressed.
The Jackets are now in seventh place in the Western Conference, Saturday we face the Detroit Red Wings in the Joe. We will have Vermette and Klesla back in the lineup.
Hey, a win against the Preds, that’s something new and different.
For the second time this season the Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators. It was a good win, because, well, any win against the Predators is a good win. There isn’t anything you can say or do to change that. Let’s face it, Jackets fans crave these wins. I crave them because the more they happen, the more I get to taunt my Pred loving cousin.
Hey look at that, I can do three in a row, and tomorrow I will go for four in a row.
The Jackets are hosting the Nashville Predators tonight. Let’s just ignore the fact that the Preds have had our number for…well ever.
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.
“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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The Jackets are opening up at home tonight against the Nashville Predators. It should be a good game, I am heading up to the game and will be cheering on my boys, somewhere in the 200 level, I have no clue where our seats are. But, if you see me, say hello!
The Jackets always have a hard time with the Predators, don’t believe me? We won exactly ONE game against them in the last TWO SEASONS. The Jackets are going to have to play solid hockey, finish their checks, and ignore Tootoo (and stay out of the box) in order to win. It will be great to see Nikita on the ice, and to see how he does against a tough Nashville opponent.
I’m sorry that this post is so rushed but I have to get on the road. Consider this an open post to let your frustrations about the Preds out, and to talk some Jackets hockey if you like.