The Lorenzi Line
by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/11/11 at 05:08 AM ET
I strolled to Nationwide this evening expecting to see head coach Scott Arniel’s new plan he’s been working on during the 4 day break between games; the disappointment was immediate with camo jerseys everywhere leading the way.
Columbus did fine in the faceoff department getting 56.5% but seemed to forget what to do with the puck. They quickly got into the nasty habit of the dump and chase. After losing the chase most the time they were forced to defend against 16 shots in the first period alone; they only managed five. Head coach Scott Arniel admitted after the game that not much even changed in their new system. He described tonight game as them “skating in quicksand”.
I fear for Mason’s life, literally; I’m worried about his state of mind after all these blows to his confidence. Shots were made and many got through. There were moments in this ice hockey game where Columbus actually dumped it behind their net and created a forecheck for Chicago. This was an absolutely nasty game and I’m frankly pissed. I’m considering waiting after the game to speak with them myself when they stop in their cars. Yes you can do that, I’ve done it many times before (for autographs); fans of the Blue Jackets please join me in doing so. “I THOUGHT YOU WERE PISSED RICK?! You didn’t even look embarrassed out there….”
So how was the new kid Letestu and the return of Boll? Well Jared Boll was playing like he normally does which is nothing special. He sat in the box, not for a fight but instead for a roughing call. You can’t do much with a gimp hand I suppose. So much for the forecheck he’s expected for. Mark Letestu on the other hand gave us a good night with 8 out of 14 on the faceoff, two takeaways and a power play goal! His goal was a simple plan made by Rick Nash, the type of play every team makes with a shot after a dish from behind the net. The success rate for Columbus on this play has been somewhere around 3% I’d say; damned talent in the net. It came at the right time early in the third period but it wasn’t enough for the failing Columbus team. Even after this loss Letestu is still fairly confident thing will turn around; I don’t imagine to see him optimism a month from now.
The rest is history. Grant Clitsome got two (his first was on the first PP), Patrick Kane got a breakaway that he of course scored on and Rick Nash gave us one hit that made us ooh and ahh. The highlight of my night is when I convinced my section to cheer “We want Chili!”; which is in reference to a promotion where in any game when three goals are scored by the Jackets the fast food chain “Wendy’s” will give free chili to customers. This was screamed for minutes and Grant Clitsome gave it to us with a little less than four minutes left.
I got my chili dammit, I probably won’t eat it and I’d be damned if I didn’t get something from this game. Thanks Grant, I hope you keep producing!
So in more recent news Kris Russell was traded tonight. Why? Well, why not? He was sent to St. Louis to Ken Hitchcock for another defenseman, Nikita Nikitin. He’s 25 and spent most of his time in the KHL. Did he prove that he has what it takes? Well, no. He’s 8-21-29 in 96 KHL games with 1-8-9 in 48 NHL games. Sonofa…. I guess I’ll take it because management is starting to shake this baby for results and I admit I like it. Also he is Russian; I hope to see if he and Tyutin get paired up on defense and start screaming Russian at each other.
This is a good sign; things are starting to get uprooted. Even in absolute chaos and poor management the Jackets haven’t been this bad…
Maybe we’ll see Scott Howson really go. I caught wind of a rumor that the assistant GM of the Nashville Predators just purchased a house in Dublin Ohio so maybe it’ll be very soon. You heard it here Scotty, you can always chill at my place before you move. I’ll give it to you straight as to why you’ve lost it. Hell I’ll remind you that you were 55-65-120 in the IHL with the Toledo Goaldiggers and we’ll laugh about all of this. I’ll even let you smash my Rusty Klesla bobble head because after all that was one of the worst trades you ever made.
So I ask you people, I don’t care how biased, are you worried when your team plays Columbus? Are they the cat in the corner or the infant in the garbage can? Discuss.
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