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An Uphill March

The news just keeps getting worse for Columbus. After the tossing of Matt Calvert to the minors they have some new injuries to deal with. Jeff Carter will be on a weekly watch to return from a hairline fracture on his foot during the last game against the Stars and back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford was injured during practice. Sanford saw little action this season (18 minutes and 3 saves) and was lucky to be on the bench. The original back-up goaltender they had geared for this season, Mark Dekanich, was injured during the first pre-season game.

Goaltender from the Saint John Sea Dogs Mathieu Corbeil will be the backup tonight.

Corbeil, 20, has gone 7-2-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in nine games with the Sea Dogs this season. In 2010-11, he combined to go 20-16-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .882 SV% in 40 games with Halifax and Saint John. He went 13-1-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .908 SV% in 15 games with the Sea Dogs, including a 4-0-0 mark in the playoffs en route to helping the club win the Memorial Cup.
A native of Montreal Quebec, Corbeil was the Blue Jackets’ fifth pick, 102nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft. He has a record of 38-71-2 with a 3.59 GAA in 123 career QMJHL games.”

Why wasn’t Allen York called up? Well he’s out due to a shoulder injury. It just doesn’t get worse than this. To replace Matt Calvert center Cody Bass was called up from Springfield. He has four points in the NHL while playing 34 games for the Ottawa Senators. Great thinking Jackets staff; send a player that wowed us last year for a lesser player. Who knows, he may get a hat trick tonight but I wouldn’t be holding my breath for even a goal. We’ll probably see Cody in the box; he has had 220 minutes in the sin bin in the past two seasons in the AHL.

Scott seems to believe in his forecheck.

“He’s an energy guy,” Arniel said. “I don’t know if we had enough guys (with Jared Boll out) that will get in on the forecheck like he can. When he came to training camp, he played real hard. We’ll give him a shot here, and we could certainly use his energy.”

So what needs to happen tonight against Dallas? “Shoot the puck!” Last game the Stars held Columbus to 15 shots after 60 minutes. Dallas was allowed 11 each period. On the other end of the rink Columbus’s defense needs to open their eyes. The tying goal came after a pass that got through 3 Jackets, including Mason. Back door, top shelf, all the way. Giroux came up with a breakaway goal to take the lead again. So what do you know? Another got by Mason in a goal that was almost a carbon copy from the last. This happened three times, the last goal was identical to make it 2-4.

So Columbus, keep playing the way you were, you looked great. Take more chances on shots and stop feeds in the slot and on Mason’s doorstep. I don’t blame you for the last loss, only for losing momentum. The referees in Dallas were hosing the Jackets with four penalties in the last period, all of which were an extreme stretch excluding the tripping call.

Hope you brought a cheese and meat basket tonight for the men in stripes. You may need it.

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bezukov's avatar

The AHL build character for it.  Arniel probably sent him down to get some fire in his belly, which is what this lineup needs.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/18/11 at 08:37 PM ET

Nicholas Lorenzi's avatar

I agree, highlighted that in yesterday’s blog. This is going to be a very interesting game. Brassard will be on the first line once again. We’ll see if he and Nash will work together like in the past.

Posted by Nicholas Lorenzi on 10/18/11 at 08:44 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

The AHL build character for it. 

Boy… can you tell my mind was in two places when I wrote that?  And I’m only on beer #2 lol…

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/18/11 at 09:19 PM ET


This just in:  6 Games in and Carter ALREADY doesn’t want to play in Columbus.

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas, NV on 10/19/11 at 03:10 AM ET

Nicholas Lorenzi's avatar

Hohoho! Neither does Rick Nash. Everyone is pissed but Carter should be to blame just as much. This has been a horrible case of bad luck as far as rebounds go. The puck just isn’t bouncing their way. Just wait for the winning streak; it will come after these losses, mark my words.

Boy… can you tell my mind was in two places when I wrote that?  And I’m only on beer #2 lol…

Haha I envy you. I wish I could drink, damn anti-biotics. I seriously drank milk and water during the game. How badass is that?

Posted by Nicholas Lorenzi on 10/19/11 at 04:37 AM ET

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