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CBJ Weekend

What a weekened!  Friday I packed up and headed down to Nashville to watch the Jackets take on the Preds.

While I was down there I got to meet up with What the Puck and Forechecker, and of course some of my favorite Jackets fans!

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.

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Forty Wins

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.

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Another loss to the Preds

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.

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Victory, just as good a day later

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.

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Preds again, already?

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.

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2-3-0

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.

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Home and Home

Time for the rematch.  The game last night is forgotten, for the most part.  We are 1-0 with the Predators, and that is all that matters.  Just ask Mike Commodore.

“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.

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I must be dreaming!

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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Home Opener

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.

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Three games in, let’s talk about it…

The Blue Jackets have now played three games and are getting ready to open up at home tomorrow night, against the Nashville Predators.  Let’s talk about the things that are working for the Blue Jackets.

The “goat” line, I am a huge fan of that name for the record.  Chimera, Brassard, and Voracek are absolutely tearing it up for the Blue Jackets, that line is working, and they look great together.  Brassard has two goals and one assist and is a plus-3.  Chimera is leading the team in assists, and is a plus-2, and Voracek has a goal and an assist and is a plus-1.

Rick Nash has taken it upon himself to carry the team, the only problem is he can’t score.  He has had four breakaways and has been unable to capitalize on them.  Knowing Nash and how his goals tend to come in spirts, He has scored one goal, and has sixteen shots on goal.  Against San Jose the Nash, Umberger, and Huselius line had 19 shots, the team as a whole had 33.  They are bound to get hot and start scoring.

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Just sayin…

This is funny….Jordan Tootoo, when you click on it, it’s been changed to Jordin, but it gave me a good laugh.

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Oh those Preds.

The Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.  The final score of 3-1 Preds doesn’t do a lot of justice to what actually happened in the game.  The Jackets dressed one of their top six forwards, RJ Umberger, and we didn’t dress any of our top four defensemen.  Two of the three Predators goals were scored on the power play.  It was a tough night for the Jackets as Tootoo seemed to get under the skin of everyone.  He did his job extremely well last night.  He never dropped the gloves, on order from Barry Trotz, who said:

``It was a physical game and obviously they’ve been targeting Jordin the last two nights,’’ Trotz said. ``I basically put the no-fighting (restriction) on Jordin. There’s no sense fighting some guy that will not be in the league.’’

He was talking about Jon “Nasty” Mirasty.  I’m sure there are a couple of regulars who wouldn’t have mind to throw down with him, Boll if his arm wasn’t still on the mend and Tollefson who already had one fight under his belt.  However, October 17th will be here soon enough, and Tootoo will be against a lineup of Jackets who won’t mind dropping the gloves.

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For tonight, the bragging rights are mine.

The Blue Jackets won the game against the Predators.  A game that saw the Blue Jackets score four goals.  The Predators were up 2-1, and the Jackets scored three goals in a row, from Voracek, Murray, and Huselius.  The Preds tried to make a come back with a goal from Peters. 

It’s nice to say we won a game against Nashville.  Again, we don’t do it often so when we do, even if it is just a preseason game, it’s a BIG deal.  I found this quote from Trotz interesting, it’s his response to Hitch putting in Nasty.

“You can call it gamesmanship or whatever. There are things we want to do in Nashville, so we’ll go about our business. I’m sure Hitch is doing the same thing. He’s trying to change certain things in Columbus, attitudes or whatever, so his message to his team will be a lot different than my message to my team. I’m trying to sort out some of our positions of competition. That’s priority number one in these first three games.

“So we’ll treat it as a regular preseason game, nothing special. If they want to make it a big deal, they have a different message than us. We’re just going to go up there and do our thing.”

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Time for the Preds…already??

The Blue Jackets are playing the Nashville Predators tonight at home.  It’s the preseason home opener and the Blue Jackets are bringing out the big players for this game.  The Predators rivalry is an interesting one to say the least.  We only beat the Predators ONCE last season, and the season before that, we never beat them.  No one is okay with this, and that’s why, this is our lineup for tonight:

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