by Bethany on 04/15/09 at 11:57 PM ET
As I sit here watching the Penguins and the Flyers game, I am getting anxious for the game tomorrow.
You know the first EVER playoff game that the Columbus Blue Jackets have ever played.
We’re the underdog, but stat of the day courtesy of Light the Lamp:
“Since Colorado in 2002, no defending Stanley Cup champion has got past the first round of the playoffs. Holland chalks it up to parity across the NHL and motivation.”
So, why not us?
I’m not going to sit here and say that this is going to be an easy series for either team. I fully expect a hard fought battle, but the big question mark is how the Jackets play in the post season.
It’s a new season so anything is possible.
The Jackets will be without Brassard he was not cleared for contact practice, he will not be back for game 3.
I’m cool with just getting Juice and Modin back. Here are the lines for tomorrow…you know until Hitchcock decides they’re not working and well, changes them up.
1 - Kristian Huselius - Manny Malhotra -Rick Nash
2 - R.J. Umberger - Antoine Vermette - Jake Voracek
3 - Jason Chimera -Michael Peca - Fredrik Modin
4 - Raffi Torres - Jason Williams - Jared Boll
And your defensive pairings which I don’t think will change.
Mike Commodore - Jan Hejda
Fedor Tyutin - Rostislav Klesla
Marc Methot - Kris Russell
And your starting goaltender of course is Steve Mason.
The Blue Jackets had a team meeting yesterday, each Blue Jacket player was assigned a player from the Red Wings to study and he shared what he learned with the team.
I’m sure that they got extremely familiar with the Wings, and reading about the Blue Jackets studying the Wings cracks me up but at the same time I appreciate what they did. I know that it helped.
They were asked to talk to friends that play in the league, look on the internet, and do whatever it takes to find out everything about their opponent.
Going into tomorrow, I have to look at this like just another game, but I know deep down it’s not. I’m excited to watch the puck drop on the Blue Jackets first ever playoff game, and like I said before, win or lose, I am proud of what they have accomplished. GO JACKETS!
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