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Nationwide Arena is a Factory of Sadness, Forcing a Change

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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Sorry you witnessed the carnage live, Nicholas.  Bleh.  Nash for ???, ???, and ???, please.

Posted by VandyBuck on 11/11/11 at 01:26 PM ET

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I’m still not ready to kill Nash off, I think it’s Howson’s turn to leave. We need a GM that’ll get in a players face and tell them “If this continues you’re surely out so shape up or ship out!”

I’m hoping someone makes an offer on Mason…hahahaha

Posted by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/11/11 at 01:34 PM ET

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So I ask you people, I don’t care how biased, are you worried when your team plays Columbus?

Yes, because CBS is always outclassed, and therefore a Trap Game.

But no though, because there’s no threat of any single game or experience against CBS meaning anything other than that one game.  CBS is not going to use it as “momentum” for anything, and there’s no statement to be made going into the playoffs for obvious reasons.

So from my perspective as a Red Wings fan, CBS is honestly just an apathy game, the result meaningless in the grand scheme of the season.

Posted by Primis on 11/11/11 at 02:18 PM ET

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Watched game last night, felt sorry for the Jackets…they have NO idea what’s going on in their end of the rink.  First period looked like a 20 minute powerplay for Chicago.  I lay blame in this order Howson…Arniel…Nash…Mason.  Come on Rick Nash, you have a chance to score on the PP with Crawford down and you shoot it right at him?  Scramble in the crease and you keep shoving the puck into the goalies pads?  Maybe this works on your goalie in practice, but not in the NHL.  Favorite play was late in the 3rd and Nash tried to run Bickel after a whistle and ended up on his can.  Power forward or Powder Puff?  Hit the weight room and stick around after practice and work on your shot.

Posted by wolverine on 11/11/11 at 02:34 PM ET

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I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about this game for the Hawks, they were on a downward spiral, I thought they would look at this game as an easy win, play down, and Columbus would win. Well, I was wrong. I will continue to fear that we will play down to Columbus for the rest of the season though, cause now the Hawks might have a reason to think it will be an easy game. Will Carter even provide a spark when he gets back? I feel like that is the Jackets only hope…

seriously, stop playing Mason…he needs some time alone to remember he is an NHL caliber goalie…

Posted by pstumba on 11/11/11 at 03:29 PM ET

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So from my perspective as a Red Wings fan, CBS is honestly just an apathy game, the result meaningless in the grand scheme of the season.

I expected that response. So I’m guessing you’re leaning toward the cat in the corner without any kind of weight. Just remember you gotta play these guy 4 more times and a new St. Louis team. This division is amazing.

Come on Rick Nash, you have a chance to score on the PP with Crawford down and you shoot it right at him?  Scramble in the crease and you keep shoving the puck into the goalies pads?

It kills me how often this happens. Shots into the logo and cheap shoves under the goaltender. Where’s the Nash that scores from the faceoff dot with seconds left in a game to tie it up?  But I guess we saw that once in different circumstances.

Maybe this works on your goalie in practice, but not in the NHL.

Right on the money dude.

I’ll be honest, I was a little worried about this game for the Hawks, they were on a downward spiral, I thought they would look at this game as an easy win, play down, and Columbus would win.

That’s what I was hoping for. I still had my doubts but with the talk from Scott Arniel about how he was revamping their system (which we later found out that he really didn’t do anything much different) I thought the Jackets had a 70% of winning this thing.

You know Columbus plays like Chicago did when they lose games but last night wasn’t the case. Usually they out shoot and out play but still lose but damn… Yesterday was like watching a zeppelin burn, and Mason was that zeppelin.

seriously, stop playing Mason…he needs some time alone to remember he is an NHL caliber goalie…

YES YES and YES. Throw York in there again, why the hell not. He did better against Chicago and faced more shots than Mason. Steve needed rest for the two other easier games at home.

Here’s to hoping Winnipeg sucks it up on Saturday…

Posted by Nicholas Lorenzi on 11/11/11 at 03:40 PM ET

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