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Caution: sometimes the Blue Jackets don’t lose

After sleeping on it and reading Sharks game recaps, I realized that there were a lot of good things about last night’s game against the Ducks.  Things like allowing no shots on goal during penalty kills.  Things like out shooting and out scoring the other guys, blocking a lot of shots.  Burns coming back after blocking a shot with his hand, and, apparently, Demers feeling okay.  These are all very good as karmic signs go, no matter who the other guys are. 

Like the Blue Jackets.  They’re sharing a nest at the bottom of the standings with the Ducks.  Unlike the Ducks, they haven’t had a single good spell this season.  They started out losing and injured, they are still losing.  Maybe I’m being generous when I say the Ducks had a good spell.  They won four in a row at the start of the season and since then have only won six more.  The Blue Jackets, however,only won their first game after losing their first eight.  It was a race to get a win in before November.

Oddly, that first win was against the Red Wings.  I’m not saying they beat a strong, ready, attentive Red Wings team fair and square, but it is worth noting that they did beat them, 4-1.  So it can happen, teams can lose to the Blue Jackets.  The Sharks did it the last time the Blue Jackets visited.  I remember that fateful November evening, I remember thinking “three goals for Nash and none for anyone else?  He took them ALL!”  It was kind of awful.

Columbus wasn’t as spectacularly horrible last season as they have been this season, even with those high-profile off-season acquisitions.  But for them to split the series with San Jose as they did was still disappointing for Sharks fans.

After the eight game losing streak to start this season, Columbus has not had another so long.  Yes, they had one six games long.  Aside from that, they’ve kept their losing streaks down to one to three games.  They just lost one to the Caps.  They’re not exactly due a win but it is within the realm of possibility.

Some reports had Curtis Sanford as questionable to play, but he left the ice first this morning.  So probably he starts.

Thomas Greiss will start for the Sharks, which qualifies as changing things up.  No reason at all to play Niemi back to back in these two games, but I wish Nitty was at least backing up.  I don’t know why, it just feels like he’s vanishing before our eyes.  The chance of seeing him play again as a Shark feels more remote by the day.

The Sharks have a little sapling winning streak started here.  It’s hardly more than a sprout, but with so many games coming up so fast, it has a chance to grow big.

This is a contradiction about the Sharks.  On the one hand, their seasons keep getting all balled up and need to be solved by a big push at the end, which leaves them banged up and tired for playoffs.  On the other hand, they can’t seem to cope with too much rest.  Maybe they only do so well at the end because they get no time off?

That would be bad.

Tommy Wingels was called up, White announced on IR.  Maybe a forward is hurt, or maybe, as McLellan implies, the tight schedule here means they need more forwards available:

McLellan on Wingels: “He has played extremely well ... in the American League, ... he can come up and be that guy that we can count on for some big shifts especially after three games in four nights.  There’s a good chance we will see him tonight.” -Sharks Talk

The thing is, they now have 23 on the active roster again (I think) and they have no extra defensemen.  Yes, they could send Wingels right back down and call up a defenseman if they needed him, but why have two extra forwards and no extra defensemen?

Smells like more complicated maneuverings are going on here.

In the mean time,  all eyes on the Blue Jackets who are almost always “due” for a win by virtue of having gotten so few.  Beware the backup goalie, San Jose!

Go Sharks!

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net