by Bethany on 04/14/09 at 12:27 AM ET
Fredrik Modin might be back for game one against Detroit. Kristian Huselius is ready to go, and don’t hold your breath but Derick Brassard MIGHT be back as soon as game 3.
That’s a lot of fire power. If Brass is back by game 3, I expect the return of the goat line, you remember that one with Voracek and Chimera.
I am so ready for the series to start it’s getting a little ridiculous. My tickets for game four came in the mail today and I carried them around with me and showed them to whoever would look.
I think the Blue Jackets have a shot at winning this series, but I think it will take a lot of work (obviously) and discipline on their part. Like I said yesterday the Blue Jackets know the Red Wings very well, and Hitchcock knows exactly how to prepare his hockey club to play this team.
The Wings will have to stop Rick Nash, something they have had trouble doing all season.
To prepare for the first playoff run the Jackets have recalled a total of seven players from Syracuse.
Forwards: Nikita Filatov, Alex Picard, Tom Sestito, Mike Blunden, and Maksim Mayorov
Defense: Nick Holden
Goaltener: Dan LaCosta
Needless to say we have a full roster - and we have yet to find out what is going on with Andrew “Weighty” Murray. I hate to see a player like him go down he’s one of the good guys.
Here’s how the CBJ practiced today according to Puck-Rakers:
F1: Kristian Huselius—Manny Malhotra—Rick Nash
F2: R.J. Umberger—Antoine Vermette—Jake Voracek
F3: Raffi Torres—Jason Williams—Derek Dorsett
F4: Jason Chimera—Michael Peca/Jiri Novotny—Fredrik Modin
F5: Alexandre Picard—Derick Brassard/Chris Gratton—Nikita Filatov
My only question - where is Jared Boll?
D1: Jan Hejda—Mike Commodore
D2: Fedor Tyutin—Rostislav Klesla
D3: Kris Russell—Marc Methot
D4: Christian Backman—Aaron Rome
If we know anything about Hitch it’s that he isn’t scared to mix up his lines. If somethings not working he will change it, until he gets a line out there that is working.
All I know is that I’m ready for the series to start and win or lose I am still proud of this Columbus Blue Jackets team and what they have accomplished.
OH, and don’t forget tickets are still available for games 1 and 2 in Detroit. Make sure you Invade the Joe and wear your BLUE!
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