The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/10/11 at 03:35 PM ET
Some pieces of the puzzle have been missing; Boll was one of the biggest.
Boll, 25, suffered a broken thumb during a preseason game at Carolina on September 30 and missed the season’s first 14 games. Last season with the Blue Jackets, he recorded seven goals and five assists for 12 points and 182 penalty minutes in 73 games. He set a career high in goals and ranked seventh in the NHL in penalty minutes.
Columbus’ fourth pick, 101st overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, Boll has registered 20-23-43 and 737 penalty minutes in 291 career NHL games. He set career highs in assists and points in 2008-09 with 4-10-14 and 180 penalty minutes in 75 games. During his rookie season in 2007-08, he tallied 5-5-10 and 226 penalty minutes to rank second in the NHL in penalty minutes.
I’m not one to praise Jared, mostly because of his love for sitting in the box, but his absence has been felt. He brings grit, zero angle shots from the boards, net crashing and FORECHCK FORECHECK FORECHECK! What better time to implement him than against Chicago.
The last meeting against Chicago the Jacket’s Allen York started in net and Columbus fell 2-5. Steve Mason has already been announced as the starting goaltender; this will be his 13th time starting in 14 games. Steve is 6-4-2 against Chicago in his career. After their recent losses, I’m actually talking about Chicago, they will be shaken. This is the perfect opportunity for Columbus to pounce on their third W. Rob Mixer reports:
The Chicago Blackhawks will not be in the rosiest of moods tonight.
Currently on a three-game losing streak and having scored just two goals in their previous two games, the Blackhawks figure to be the ideal opponent for the Blue Jackets tonight. Looking to turn their season around, the Blue Jackets are coming off a week of practice full of learning and teaching from head coach Scott Arniel.
A week of meetings, video work and off-ice conditioning is in the past, Arniel said, and the focus will be putting the pieces together against a team that has a lot to prove, as well.
“I want to get into this game tonight and do the right things so we don’t have to so many of those (meetings),” Arniel said. “It gets old, but we had to do it. We looked at a little bit of what happened last week, and discussed as a group what we want to do moving forward.
“Is it going to be perfect tonight? Probably not, but I’d really like to see us play the right way for 60 minutes against a team that’s really talented and is going to throw everything they have at us.”
As for the new addition of Letestu I still expect to see him skating with Umberget and MacKenzie but nothing has been announced. Expect Columbus to be moving the puck and showing us their new ways of making plays.
I’m stoked. I’ll see you at Nationwide Arena.
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