The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/09/11 at 06:13 PM ET
A team cursed since the first brick was laid on the land that was once the Ohio State Penitentiary; a place where nearly a thousand people had been hung, given the electric chair, burnt alive or murdered by way of prisoner’s throwing their guards off of the towers. The amount of death that surrounds this team is leading me to believe that these ghosts hate ice hockey and ultimately despise the Blue Jackets.
We’ve seen this team hit lows before but in their more recent history they set the bar of our expectations even higher than before. As a Blue Jackets fan you know not to expect much but your hope overflows. The six game losing streak broke the hearts of people who have dedicated their time to the team. Sorry but you won’t get those 360 minutes back. Now at 2-11-1 and 5 points the Jackets have something to prove, how desperate can you get?
What does a team who hasn’t anything to lose do?
That’s right, it’s time to play like there’s no tomorrow. “He’s pissed off,” right winger Derek Dorsett said. “He’s pissed off with the way things are going, and he’s letting guys know. He’s trying to push guys out of their comfort zones.” Prepare to see Rick Nash go all Mad Max on the ice. You’ve seen what happens when he hits, oh and if you haven’t here you go:
The Penguin he hit in the video was just acquired by Columbus and will surely bring the voice of “Oh hell, I’m on a losing team and this needs to be fixed FAST!”. His name is Mark Letestu, at 21 he’s played three partial NHL seasons with Pittsburgh after being signed as a free agent in 2007. This center has a career high of 61 points (24G, 37A) after 73 games in the AHL and 27 points (14G, 13A) last year with the Penguins. Blue Jackets report:
“He ranked fourth among NHL rookies in game-winning goals (three), seventh in power play goals (four) and 11th (tied) in goals. In 85 career NHL games, he has 15-14-29 and 17 penalty minutes and added 0-2-2 in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.”
I’m expecting he will deliver to us what we had with Jakub Voracek if he works and meshes well. Jakub had a career high of 50 points (16G, 34A) with Columbus. Where Mark will be placed is still up in the air, with Cam Atkinson being sent to Springfield we might see him playing the right wing on the third line with Umberger and MacKenzie. “He had a terrific year last season,” Howson said. “He played mostly center and some wing but he saw power-play time, too. He’s a versatile player.”
I wouldn’t mind seeing Cody Bass sent down. He undoubtedly wants to stay in Columbus but all he’s brought to this team is blatant battle cries on the ice and in the dressing room. Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports:
“Bass, 24, has not scored but has filled a void left by Boll in nine games since being recalled from Springfield. He and Dorsett are among four players tied for the NHL lead with five fighting majors.
Despite limited NHL experience, Bass hasn’t hesitated to raise his voice in the dressing room.
“He has actually stood up in the room a couple of times and tried to get us going,” linemate Sammy Pahlsson said. “Maybe that’s what we need sometimes, someone else than just the normal core group to stand up and say something.”
You got that right Sammy, it’s time you all start screaming before you leave the dressing room. In fact continue to destroy your vocal cords during the game, it’s time to start with the scare tactics. I’ve been saying this for some time when things get bad but now I require it. Show us your anger on the ice. The fans demand it!
Fighting is cheap and you roster isn’t, so how about crushing anyone who has the puck? Where did those fights get you in Philly? I want to see you Umberger pointing at a player before the puck drops and you hip checking him into his bench minutes later. You have nothing to lose Columbus, start taking this frustration out on the back of the opposing team’s net.
The Scotts, GM Scott Howson and Head Coach Scott Arniel, have to roll up their sleeves for 68 more games to save their jobs. Turning that 2-11-1 into at a winning season will be as hard as it sounds. They can only allow 25 losses for the rest of the season they will have to win nearly 50 games to stay in this thing. Lace those skates tight and DIG!
After practice today Jacket’s head coach Arniel stated:
“We talked about starting from scratch, and we did,” Arniel said. “We got a lot accomplished and I’m real happy with how hard we worked. It’s also very important for them to know that they worked hard, and there’s no reason they can’t go out and do that tomorrow night and Saturday.
“We can’t have one guy stray away or five guys stray away from what we’re doing. It has to be 20 guys committed to playing one way, and play that way for 60 minutes.”
The Columbus Blue Jackets play the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at 7:00pm for the second time this season. Let’s hope to see a new team tomorrow.
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