The Jackets get another crack at a team that embarrassed them not two weeks ago. The Avalanche skated the Jackets out of the arena back on October 30th en route to a 5-1 win. Columbus, however, is coming off of a total domination of the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide on Wednesday night. One would hope that the effort can continue into tonight and that the Jackets are looking for some payback. They may be looking for it a bit short-handed, as there are a few minor injuries to some key guys. And, if you’re looking for some last minute tickets, click the WFNY Tickets link above to get ‘em!
I’ll admit that I’m not really one for the whole festive jersey thing. In fact, I find it pretty confusing when the Bulls play the Celtics, and both teams have on green and white jerseys. But in a day in age where merchandise sales are a huge portion of team revenue, I can understand the whole movement.
Given the cost of a new “look,” the break-even point is probably minimal. Plus, with St. Patrick’s day, you have a mass amount of people that pretend to be Irish for 24 hours – after all, that gives you a reason to take off from work and imbibe the green beverage of your choice.
COL(25-28-1 – 51pts)
CLS(26-23-5 – 57pts)
Well, we wrote in the preview that Dan LaCosta wouldn’t get tested if the Jackets defense could step up again. Well, 31 shots is hardly “not tested,” but honestly, other than a couple of solid saves in a crazy second period, LaCosta wasn’t asked to do anything over his head tonight. Making just his second NHL start, LaCosta stopped all 31 shots for his first NHL shut-out, as the Jackets scored three timely goals in the third period to skate away with a 3-0 win and an all-important two points; for the fans, it was a sweet four-game season sweep of the Avalanche, a team that has almost always dominated Columbus since their inception in 2000 (Columbus was 4-22-2 against Colorado prior to this season, including only one win in the first 22 meetings overall). At the end of the night, Columbus had moved up to ninth place, tied in points with Minnesota [Read more...]
Colorado Avalanche (25-27-1, 51pts) vs
Columbus Blue Jackets (25-23-5, 55pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
7:00 PM EST
The Jackets are back in action coming off another huge win over San Jose. If they can get back to bringing the effort that won them that game on a more regular basis, things should look good with some big games coming up this week. The first one is against the struggling Colorado Avalanche. It was hoped that THIS game would finally mark the return of former Jackets “Captain” (we use that term loosely, given the circumstances of his exit from the ‘Bus) Adam Foote to Nationwide, but he is again suffering from this lingering triceps injury garbage, and is not on the trip. Way to step up, Adam! The Jackets will have to settle with going for what would definitely be a fan-pleasing four-game season sweep of the Avs. [Read more...]