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Three Games Left

Well with Huselius out…for at least Wednesday.  The Jackets have a lot of offense to make up.

I think they can win these last three games, but the have to stay focused and play smart.

The lines, as usual get a shake up due to the injuries.

So here’s the lines that the Jackets practiced today.


I like that they have Voracek on the top line.  He has the skill, and he has been playing great lately, so he certainly earned it.

I would like to see Filatov in for the last game, just to let him have another taste of the NHL, but you know we’ll see.

Klesla practiced today, he could be back tomorrow, but I seriously doubt that.

Do you ever stop and wonder where the Blue Jackets would be if Modin would have been healthy the entire season?  Or what if Brassard hadn’t decided to drop the gloves in Dallas?  Where would the Jackets be right now?  It’s been a good season for the Blue Jackets, thanks to our amazing rookie goaltender and of course the rest of the team.

Our defense could be improved, and yes, we could have had more offense, but what team couldn’t use more offense?

Let’s look at some of the unsung heroes for the Blue Jackets.

Nikita Filatov had a hat trick for the Blue Jackets.  He was the Blue Jacket rookie to score a hat trick.  He was absolutely amazing for us, but spent a lot of time in Syracuse and was able to get ready for the NHL.

Dan LaCosta, I can still remember sitting at the game against the San Jose Sharks.  I remember seeing LaCosta jump into the air to celebrate his win.  I couldn’t have been prouder of him.

Scott Howson, since taking over he has made some of the smartest, quietest decision, to make the Blue Jackets a better team.  It’s funny to look at where this team was just two years ago. 
On April 5, 2007 I went to a game and shadowed Aaron Portzline.  Then two years to the day, I went to a game and cheered on the Blue Jackets as a fan.

I found the game notes from my game that I shadowed Portzline.  The Jackets were playing the Dallas Stars.  Doug MacLean was still the General Manager.  Hitchcock was the coach.
The Blue Jackets had three goaltenders on their roster: Popperle, Norrena, and Boucher.

Their defense had guys like Anders Eriksson, Bryan Berard, Ron Hainsey.  Foote was wearing the ‘C’ for the Jackets.

Looking at the Notes more, there are only seven players still on the team: Nash, Klesla, OKT, Methot, Chimera, Modin, Malhotra.  Oh how things have changed.

Two years ago, Blue Jackets fans were worried about who the Blue Jackets were going to draft.  Now, we’re fighting for a playoff spot, some say that we are in, I for one am waiting.  I believe in this team, but I am waiting until I see that ‘x’ by our name.  It will be my proudest moment as a Blue Jackets fan.

And now, for a laugh.

Sometimes, I miss Ron Hainsey.

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