by Bethany on 01/22/09 at 05:16 PM ET
Entering the All-Star Break the Columbus Blue Jackets are sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference, two points out of eighth, and four points shy of the fifth place Coyotes, with a game in hand. Last night, the Blue Jackets lost in a skills competition to the Calgary Flames. They went 1-1-1 in their Western Canadian swing, not too bad for an injury ridden team. Those injuries even go to our rookie goaltender, who had to drop out of the YoungStars game due to back spasms. You could tell last night he wasn’t 100% and was probably exhausted after his fifteenth straight start.
Paul already posted about the hit on Umberger. But, why not talk about the cross-check on Dorsett. The NHL is reviewing the hit and rightfully so. It was a disgusting hit and Dorsett was forced to wear a shield the rest of the night. Also, good on Picard for sticking up for his teammate. Robyn Regher received a double-minor penalty on the play. I will keep you updated on what is going on with him.
Huselius is out with a lacerated wrist. Howson said that the injury is not serious, and the only reason I believe him is because Huselius finished the game in Edmonton. It apparently tightened up over night which lead to him not playing in his return to Calgary.
Michael Peca also didn’t play last night with a lower body injury. The break will do us some good, hopefully we will get some more bodies back. Nikiita Filatov is meeting with a doctor ths afternoon. If given permission he can play in the AHL All-Star game.
The Jackets are in a great position right now to make the playoffs. We have been playing great hockey and had a chance to win every single game on this road trip. We need this break, and I’m looking forward to seeing my boys refreshed.
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