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Announcement: DP’s CBJ Coverage Moving to “The Cannon”

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I originally came to WFNY in the fall of 2008 with a proposal: there doesn’t seem to be a lot of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey coverage on your blog, but I love your blog, follow the team religiously, and write about sports on my own blog. Let’s join up!

That first year was great as I cut my teeth during the team’s first and only playoff run. It was fun to provide that coverage to the small sect of the WFNY readership that followed along with me. It has been fun, but as the past two years have unfolded it’s become clear that something just wasn’t fitting right here. When the great guys over at The Cannon approached me at season’s end about writing about the Jackets for/with them, it was too great an opportunity to pass up. So, we’re here to announce that going forward, essentially all of my Blue Jackets coverage will be moving to The Cannon. I will be writing for The Cannon on a day-to-day basis, and will trim back WFNY’s coverage to the weekly 5-Hole columns during the season and pertinent links in WWW each morning. I’ve also updated my Twitter handle to @DP_WFNY_Cannon as part of this move. [Read more...]

CBJ Off-season: Q&A With GM Scott Howson

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Editor’s Note: The following interview took place on March 29th, before the end of the season.

With another non-playoff season now in the books for the Blue Jackets, the writing is on the wall for General Manager Scott Howson: changes need to be made to the roster. As timing would have it, he has 12 free agents on his roster, including several defensemen which is an area of serious need. I had the chance to speak with Howson between periods at the 3/29 game vs. Florida, and I asked him a few questions about the upcoming off-season. I’ll have more next week about needs and prescriptions, but this should be a good kickoff for where the franchise sits now after two straight non-playoff seasons.

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 4/12/11

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ…

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The Week That Was

This Week: 0-3-0, 0 points
Overall: 34-35-13, 81 points (5th division; 14th conference)

It’s mercifully over. The Jackets limped home, finishing their last 21 games with a putrid 3-12-7 record, and earning just 13 points in that stretch to fall not only out of the playoff race, but all the way to second-to-last—AGAIN—in the Western Conference. They went from being firmly in the hunt at the end of February to looking ahead to another ugly off-season in just a few weeks. It was almost stunning how quickly and thoroughly it happened. At any rate, now that the season’s done, we’ll do a shorter recap here in our normal 5-Hole spot. Then, with some help from Jackets GM Scott Howson whom I had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of weeks ago, we’ll take a good hard look at what needs to happen this off-season in a future post.

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 4/5/11

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The Week That Was

This Week: 1-1-2, 4 points
Overall: 34-32-13, 81 points (5th division; 13th conference)

We’re finally heading down the home stretch. The Jackets were officially eliminated from the playoffs (something they’ve *actually* been for quite some time; we’re just talkin’ math now) on Thurday night in Washington, though it’s important to note that Columbus played three decent games this week, going to overtime and a shootout against two solid playoff teams. However, the starch seems to be out of the shirts, as the St. Louis Blue came in on Sunday and kicked them in the teeth pretty hard. Oh well, three games to go! The Jackets are currently sitting with the 8th spot in the NHL lottery, if it were held today. That would mean they could end up with either the 5th pick, the 8th pick, or the 9th pick. more on that grisly stuff next week.

Blues Roll Over Jackets 6-1 After Not Much Fight At All

Kirk Irwin/NHLI via Getty ImagesBlues 6, Blue Jackets 1
(box) – Highlights
CBJ: 34-32-13, 81 pts

The Jackets were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night in Washington, and St. Louis was eliminated this week as well. But, over the past few years, when these two teams have gotten together, the records and standings have taken a back seat. Bottom line: these two clubs just don’t like each other. And, that dislike usually finds a way to manifest itself in the play on the ice.

We didn’t see the physical play for most of the first half of this game, but we did see some shaky defensive zone play, some unfortunate bounces, and some flat out ugly play from the Jackets en route to a disappointing loss at home to the Blues. Oh, and once the scoreboard started to tilt, both teams decided to get plenty of shots in on each other.

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Jackets Finally Solve the Shoot-Out, Edge Panthers 3-2

AP Photo/Jay LaPreteBlue Jackets 3, Panthers 2 – SO
(box) – Highlights
CBJ: 34-31-11, 79 pts

“Tonight was about trying some things different.” So said coach Scott Arniel afterward. With just seven games left on the schedule, the Jackets have been limping home. Awaiting them tonight in Nationwide Arena was a team from the Eastern Conference in the same boat. Columbus came in 10-3-2 against the East, and had already beaten Florida once this season. The Panthers came in with eight fewer points than Columbus, and just as bleak an outlook. Columbus came out early looking intent on bringing their best effort. But it would once again come down to a third period lead lost, and the Jackets struggling to put the puck in the net while staring the of-late nemesis—the shootout—squarely in the face.

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/29/11

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The Week That Was

This Week: 0-2-1, 1 point
Overall: 33-31-11, 77 points (5th division; 13th conference)

Seven games to go, and the Jackets are all but officially eliminated. If eighth place Chicago earns two points, the Jackets will be mathematically eliminated. Not that this is a surprise; their current 2-8-5 stretch ended their hopes long ago. But, there’s always something so final about the math finally saying it’s over. Columbus still needs four points in their last seven games to clinch their second best point total in franchise history. Not that finishing in 12th with that total would be a positive thing…

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/22/11

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The Week That Was

This Week: 1-2-1, 3 points
Overall: 33-29-10, 76 points (4th division; 12th conference)

We’ve officially entered the “playing out the string” portion of the season. The Jackets look like a team that’s fun our of gas, both physically (in the midst of a 16-games in March stretch) and mentally. They finished a stretch of three games in four days by getting shut out twice at home. At this point, with 10 games to go in the season, the Jackets have a couple of things to shoot for. With five more points, they will bring home their second-best point total in franchise history. So there’s a little feather for your cap.

Bruins’ Rask Too Much As Jackets Fall Again in a Shoot-out 3-2

AP Photo/Jay LaPreteBruins 3, Blue Jackets 2 – SO
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CBJ: 32-27-10, 74 pts

The Jackets have been traditionally good against the East over the past four seasons. They would need that record to continue in a positive way, as they have gotten to the point of the season where they need two points basically every night.

They came out playing like they knew their playoff lives depended on it, registering eight of the first nine shots. And, while they had tons of chances to win this game in regulation and overtime, a hot opposing backup goaltender and their nemesis of late—the shootout—would decide it. It seemed early like the Jackets might be catching a break by facing Boston’s backup goalie, Tuukka Rask. At the end of the game, however, Rask would prove to be the difference.

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Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Bruins (Game #69) – Just Win, Baby

jackets vs. bruinsBoston Bruins (38-21-9, 85pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (32-27-9, 73pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
7:00 PM EST
TV: FSN-OH / Radio: WBNS 97.1 FM

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The projection seems to be that the Jackets have to win 10 or 11 of their last 14 games (think: 10-2-2 or 11-3 to get to 95 points). Well, they can’t win 10 games in one night. The first order of business is to win one game: the game in front of them. That’s tonight against another Eastern Conference foe, though this one is a division-leader. The Bruins are scuffling just a bit (0-2-2 in their last four), but prior to that had ripped off seven regulation wins in a row. Boston hasn’t played since Friday (loss to the Islanders), so they will be rested and ready to go.

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/15/2011

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The Week That Was

This Week: 1-1-1, 3 points
Overall: 32-27-9, 73 points (4th division; 12th conference)

The good news: The Jackets finally stopped their slide at seven games without a win (0-4-3). The bad news: it’s too little, too late, most likely. They Jackets are still eight points out of eighth place, though they have three games in hand against the current eighth place team. That said, there are still four other teams between the Jackets and eighth place. It’s still mathematically possible, but it’s a long-shot. A point per game (as they got this past week) isn’t going to cut it. With 14 games to go, Columbus has to win at least 10, and probably 11 of those 14.

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Blues (Game #66) – It’s All About the Two

jackets vs. bluesSt. Louis Blues (29-28-9, 67pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (31-26-8, 70pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
7:00 PM EST
TV: FSN-OH HD / Radio: WBNS 97.1 FM

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Forget all of the playoff talk. Forget all of the projections. Forget how many points, wins, and overtime losses the pundits (like myself) have been saying it will take to get into the playoffs. None of that matters anymore, because you can’t get to any of that without getting two points tonight. Tonight’s game is the only one that matters. That’s the attitude these Jackets are going to have to adopt if they plan on making it to the playoffs, as Scott Arniel still seems confident they will. You can’t make plans either way without bringing home two points tonight. That’s the bottom line.

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/8/11 – And The Bottom Drops Out…

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The Week That Was

This Week: 0-2-2, 2 points
Overall: 31-26-8, 70 points (4th division; 12th conference)

Gentlemen, start getting those golf clubs polished. The Jackets ideally needed six or seven points on this five-game trip. They probably should have come home with seven. Instead? They come home with two. And just like that, their playoff chances are all but over. If you blinked, you probably missed it; it was fleeting. There are now 17 games to go, and the Jackets are seven points out of eighth place with four teams to jump over. Math is not on our side here.

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Oilers (Game #63) – Must-Win Time

jackets vs. bluesColumbus Blue Jackets (31-24-7, 69pts) vs.
Edmonton Oilers (21-35-8, 50pts)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Thursday, March 3, 2011
9:00 PM EST
TV: FSN-OH / Radio: WBNS 97.1 FM

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The Jackets deserved a better fate on Tuesday night, givine the league-leading Vancouver Canucks all they could handle in their building, going to an eight-round shootout before falling. Still, the Jackets got a point that, on paper, they probably weren’t expected to get, and now have points in nine of their past 10 road games (6-1-3). Edmonton is at the bottom of the standings for the second straight year, and dealt away Dustin Penner on Monday. They’re also without several other key players. Even still, as the Jackets have learned at various points this year, Edmonton can still get after you with their young, talented, and speedy players. The Jackets need to bring their A-game, and more importantly given everything at stake, they simply HAVE to win this game.

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 3/1/11 – Trading Deadline Edition

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The Week That Was

This Week: 2-1-0, 4 points
Overall: 31-24-6, 68 points (4th division; 12th conference)

Just like last week… Columbus continues to play well, BUT they can’t move up in the standings. However, the Jackets have played the fewest games in the conference, meaning they have a chance to make up points on the teams in front of them. BUT, they also play 16 times in 31 days in the month of March, or the same number of games they played in 31 days in December. And, we all remember how that turned out. The Jackets are in the midst of a huge road trip, and GM Scott Howson made a move yesterday to try to give the teama little extra push for the final 21 games.

Jackets Ride Calvert’s Hat Trick Past Coyotes, 5-3

AP Photo/Jay LaPreteBlue Jackets 5, Coyotes 3
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CBJ: 31-23-6, 68 pts

We finally found a moment that looked too big for rookie winger Matt Calvert.

I wrote in my game preview that: “Calvert has been particularly impressive, as the rookie never looks overwhelmed. He skates hard, and wins battles for the puck despite his diminutive size. And, as Rick Nash pointed out Tuesday night after the game, his hands around the net have been as good as advertised.”

Three goals later, hats rained down from the Nationwide Arena rafters, and the look on Calvert’s face was priceless; he looked genuinely overwhelmed, alternating between a huge grin and an emotional expression. The only thing is: that’s one kind of overwhelmed you can live with. Calvert and the Jackets scored five unanswered goals after falling behind to keep their hot streak alive, and inched one step closer to the goal of the playoffs.

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Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Coyotes (Game #60) – Once More Into the Breach…

jackets vs. coyotesPhoenix Coyotes (33-20-9, 75pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (30-23-6, 66pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Friday, February 25, 2011
7:00 PM EST
TV: FSN-OH HD / Radio: WBNS 97.1 FM

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It was January 11th when these teams last met, also at Nationwide. The Jackets had just come off of a horrific four game road trip, and did end up losing to the Coyotes that night on a fluky third period goal. But, coach Scott Arniel points to that game as a turning point as to when the team really got back to playing their style of hockey. The results would bear that out. In the 16 games since, the Jackets are 10-3-3. Advantage: Jackets? Maybe not so fast. The Coyotes have been as hot as anyone, finally losing on Wednesday in Tampa after ripping off eight straight wins.

Third Period Surge Pushes Jackets Past Preds 4-0

Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty ImagesBlue Jackets 4, Predators 0
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CBJ: 30-23-6, 66 pts
What better way to kick off a huge stretch of games than to welcome in your arch-nemesis? So it was that the Nashville Predators invaded Nationwide Arena. Gone are the games the Jackets can look for positives in a loss; essentially every game from here on out feels like a must-win.

One thing we all knew is that it would be a physical, tight-checking game, as it always seems to be with these two squads. In that respect, they did not disappoint. But, in terms of the “must win” aspect of the game, when the third period and winning time rolled around, the Jackets announced that they got the message loud and clear.

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 2/22/11

Every Tuesday, WFNY’s The 5-Hole brings you up to date with the goings-on of the CBJ…

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The Week That Was

This Week: 1-0-1, 3 points
Overall: 29-23-6, 64 points (4th division; 12th conference)

There are a few shades of gray here: Columbus continues to play well, BUT they can’t move up in the standings. However, the Jackets have played the fewest games in the conference, meaning they have a chance to make up points on the teams in front of them. BUT, they also play 16 times in 31 days in the month of March, or the same number of games they played in 31 days in December. And, we all remember how that turned out. Finally, the Jackets have been surging, AND/BUT the trading deadline is next Monday, or three games away. Do they make a move?