August 26, 2014

Jackets Jump Out Early; Sharks Come On Late and Nip CBJ 3-2

AP Photo/Terry GilliamSharks 3, Blue Jackets 2
(box) – Highlights
CBJ: 26-23-5, 57 pts
If the Jackets are to be taken seriously as playoff contenders this spring, they need to put strings of wins and points together, and they need to do it consistently. Columbus came into tonight’s contest against the red-hot Sharks winners of three straight, and with 14 points in their last 10 games. Both teams were playing their second game in as many nights, and in different cities.

The Jackets needed to get off to a good start to continue the momentum they’d built in their last three games. And that they did. They outhustled the Sharks, and used their usually-docile Power Play to do some early damage. But this one would come down to the third period as each team dominated a period over the first two. And it would come down to a late goal.

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Jackets Plagued By Bad Bounces and Ineffective Power Play as Coyotes Sneak Out 4-3 Winners

Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Coyotes 4, Blue Jackets 3
(box) – Highlights
CBJ: 20-20-3, 43 pts

The biggest question going into this game for me was: which Jackets team would we see? Would it be the team that’s moved their feet, worked hard, and beaten some quality teams, or would we see the team that faces some adversity and folds up shop? Certainly helping to clarify matters was the fact that the Coyotes were on the second night of a back to back, and looked the part early on. But, it was the ineffectiveness of the Columbus Power Play coupled with a fluky bounce into the Jacket net that sent them to a fifth straight defeat, 4-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Flyers (Game #8)

jackets vs. flyersPhiladelphia Flyers (3-3-1, 7pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (4-3-0, 8pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Monday, October 25, 2010
7:00 PM EDT
TV: FSN-OH / WBNS (97.1 fm)

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What a crazy weekend for the Jackets. After all of my snickering at Calgary on Friday, they came into Nationwide Arena Friday night and flat-out embarrassed the Jackets. I mean, the score was 6-2, but it could very easily have been 9-2. The Jackets looked completely flat, and had no answers for anything Calgary did. So, Saturday night was a trip to Chicago, and the Jackets promptly fell behind 2-0. Another rout, right? WRONG! The Jackets rallied for a 3-2 win over the Stanley Cup Champs. So, up next? Their fourth game in six nights, with the reigning Eastern Conference Champs come to Columbus. Wheeee!

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Ducks (Game #5)

jackets vs. ducksAnaheim Ducks (2-3-1, 5pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-0, 4pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
7:00 PM EDT
TV: FSN-OH HD / WBNS (97.1 fm)

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Follow me @WFNYDP on Twitter during the game!

The Jackets are back at home, and are looking to get back to business on home ice after Friday night’s stinker against the Blackhawks. The Ducks are, well, slightly less good than Chicago. We’ll get to the numbers below, but the two most important stats to remember about the Ducks are that they are the second-worst in the league so far in goals-against, and are allowing the most shots per game in the league. Yea, offense! On top of that, the Ducks are actually scoring less than Columbus. Yea, defense!

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Wild (Game #4)

jackets vs. wildColumbus Blue Jackets (1-2-0, 2pts) vs.
Minnesota Wild (1-1-1, 3pts)
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
Saturday, October 16, 2010
8:00 PM EDT
TV: FSNOH (HD) / Radio: WWDC 101.1 FM

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Ugh. The Jackets were, how you say, not good last night in their home opener in losing 5-2 to the Blackhawks: “Big fat egg by us tonight,” said coach Scott Arniel. “Systems-wise, we were as loose as we’ve been since we tried to get things going here. Everything we tried to do backfired, from No. 1 through No. 20, every player had a rough night tonight.” Understatement. The Jackets were outworked and outclassed from beginning to end last night by the Blackhawks. Well, they don’t have long to dwell on it as they go up against the Minnesota Wild on the road tonight. Let’s hope they were a little ticked off by last night’s crap-fest.

CBJ Blogger Roundtable: Part 5

The CBJ Blogger Roundtable is a five-part series put together by Matt Wagner over at The Cannon, and starring the great people of the Blue Jackets blogosphere.


Matt wrote some questions, and we had a great turnout of answers despite everyone trying to get a handle on the team’s trip to Sweden last week. Please note that all of these answers came in BEFORE the team played the first two regular season games against the Sharks over in Stockholm. The ninth of ten questions of the roundtable is here after the jump. For the previous four installments:

Part 1 – The Cannon
Part 2 – The Dark Blue Jacket
Part 3 – The Jackets Blog
Part 4 – Jackets Required

The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 10/12/10

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


The Week That Was

This Week: 1-1-0, 2 points
Overall: 1-1-0, 2 points (t4th division; t8th conference)

It’s not really fair to post standings at this point, as in the division all teams have played either one, two, or three games. So, tied for fourth in the division is basically two points out of first. Likewise, two points is tied for 8th, but also tied for 13th, and also two points out of first. But, 5-Holes is 5-Holes, and the format has always worked for me. At any rate, the season has begun! The Jackets are back in the States after their trip to Sweden. They split two games with the San Jose Sharks—one of the best teams in the league—so the early returns are decent.

Jackets 3, Sharks 2 – Jackets OT Goal Earns Scott Arniel Win #1

Blue Jackets 3, Sharks 2 – OT
(box) – Highlights
CBJ: 1-1-0, 2 pts

The Jackets looked good yesterday, but came out on the short end. They looked good again, though they had more struggles today than yesterday. But, they were able to withstand the offensive onslaught of San Jose to make it to overtime, and once there they capitalized on a turnover and Ethan Moreau scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket to send Columbus back to the States with a split.

There was still plenty to be concerned about—penalties galore, for example—but at the end of the day you have to find ways to win games maybe you otherwise wouldn’t if you want to make the playoffs. And the Jackets showed some heart and Steve Mason looked solid again to get the win. The Sharks jumped out early again, but this time Columbus was able to quickly equalize. Then the defenses took over.

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Sharks (Game #2)

jackets vs. sharksColumbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0, 0pts) vs.
San Jose Sharks (1-0-0, 2pts)
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, October 9, 2010
3:00 PM EDT
TV: NHL Network / Radio: WWDC 101.1 FM

(Dispatch Preview / SportsDirect Preview)

Right back at it. These two teams opened their seasons yesterday with the Sharks winning a close one with a late Power Play goal. But, the Jackets more than held their own on the stat sheet against a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. This time, the Jackets are the road team as these two teams get after it again less than 24 hours later. The Jackets have plenty to build on from the first game, but plenty to fix as well. And, there were plenty of chippy moments in the opener, so this game could have an edge to it on both sides, as the opener saw two fights and almost a third, coupled with 17 combined minor penalties and 13 combined Power Plays.

Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2 – Late Power Play Goal Sinks Jackets

Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2 – (box) – Highlights
CBJ: 0-1-0, 0 pts

It’s hard to get too mad at the Jackets for this loss, though it was certainly frustrating. San Jose is one of the best teams in the league, and is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. The Jackets looked like they belonged as they kicked off their 10th season in Stockholm, Sweden. The Sharks got the better end of the stick, but the Jackets have a few things to be happy about.

First and foremost, this game looked early on like it was going to be a laugher for San Jose. The Sharks scored two minutes into the game, and had a 2-0 lead before the first period was half over. The Jackets looked like a 14th place team going against the top seed in the conference. But, to their credit, they rallied for the tie before the first intermission, and gave the Sharks all they could handle the rest of the way.

Game Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Sharks (Game #1)

jackets vs. sharksSan Jose Sharks (0-0-0, 0pts) vs.
Columbus Blue Jackets (0-0-0, 0pts)
Ericsson Globe, Stockholm, Sweden
Friday, October 8, 2010
3:00 PM EDT
Versus/WBNS (1460 am)

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Follow me on Twitter during the game today @WFNYDP

10 and 20. The puck finally drops for the Blue Jackets’ 10th season, and they go up against the San Jose Sharks who are starting their 20th season. Milestones FTW. This is our first real look at the old-roster/new-look Jackets under brand new head coach Scott Arniel. And, it will be a tough test; the Sharks finished first in the Western Conference for the regular season last year, and were knocked out in the Conference Finals round by eventual-champ Chicago.

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The 5-Hole: Blue Jackets News and Notes – 4/13/10 – Season In Review

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

The Year That Was

Regular Season: 32-35-15, 79 points (5th division; 14th conference)

Playoff Result: did not qualify

For what will be the final 5-Hole column of the spring, I thought, much like last year though under different circumstances, it would be good to take a season-in-review look back on the 2009-2010 season for the Jackets. The Jackets followed up their first playoff appearance by taking a step backward in ‘09-‘10. But, there were some silver linings to be found, and some decent performances in spite of that. Let’s take a look back at The Year That Was…

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Blues (Game 75)

Columbus Blue Jackets (39-28-7, 85pts)
vs. St. Louis Blues (35-30-9, 79pts)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Saturday, March 28, 2009
8:30 PM EDT
FSOhio TV/WWCD(fm)/WBNS(am)

(Dispatch Preview / SportsDirect Preview)

With three head-to-head matchups in the final eight games, this stretch is crucial for both Columbus and St. Louis. Columbus looks to solidify their playoff standing, while St. Louis is desparate to make a playoff run, currently sitting in tenth place—only one point out of eighth. Columbus is 7-1-1 in their last nine, and is coming off a 5-0 complete and utter destruction of Calgary at Nationwide on Thursday night; the Blues are hot as well, having won three straight and six of nine. And, if tonight’s game isn’t enough, these two teams turn around and play again tomorrow night at Nationwide. Familiarity breeds contempt, eh?

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“Looks Like I Picked the Wrong Week to Quit Sniffing Glue”: Jackets Edge Penguins in Shoot Out


Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 3 – SO
(Box) – Highlights

Record: 35-27-6  (76pts – 6th place)
Sports Club Stats Rank: 6th, 82.3%

This was a tale of three games. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie “Airplane!” and therefore have no idea what the title of this post of the picture to the right even mean, let me give you a brief synopsis: as the airplane disaster gets worse and worse, the main guy in the ground control crew (Steve McCroskey, played by Lloyd Bridges) offers a series of one-liners as he tries to cope: “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking…. smoking… sniffing glue… using amphetamines…” etc. What does this have to do with anything, you might ask? Well, this being my first taste of “playoff hockey” is taking years off my life. With the last two games—how important they have been, as well as how they ended—it’s been like that for me: “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.” We didn’t know whether or not Steve Mason would even be playing as late as 5:00 or 5:30. In the end, he did suit up, and proved to be the game-winner in many ways. That’s not to say there weren’t some bumps (read: a giant collapse in period 3) to be concerned with. But, at the end of the day, it was two more ever-so-important points, and a great start to this four-of-five-at-home stretch, and a record 19,167 fans got to watch it. [Read more...]

Jackets Preview Game #51

St. Louis Blues (20-24-5, 45pts) vs
Columbus Blue Jackets (24-21-5, 53pts)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
7:00 PM EST

(Dispatch Preview / SportsDirect Preview)

The Jackets are smarting after getting smoked 7-3 by Dallas on Saturday on their home ice. They need to come out tonight and re-establish home ice dominance against the last-place team in the conference. St. Louis also played last night in Detroit (losing 4-3), so Columbus should have the energy/jump edge as well. It looks like the Jackets will welcome back defenseman Rostislav Klesla, as well, which should help on defense (though his overall energy level and ice time are still up in the air, depending on how well-conditioned he is). Steve Mason (battling mononucleosis) will make his 19th consecutive start in goal, as well. [Read more...]

A Game-Changer?

Hey, Look.  Hockey!I was going to write my “Third 10″ piece about the Jackets, as they played their 30th team game on Sunday. But, with work being what it is, and with Sunday’s Jackets game being a deflating let-down, I elected to table it. And, then Wednesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks happened. And I think it might be one of those games that can re”make” a season that was clearly headed for “break” status.

Blue Jackets 2, Sharks 1 – OT
(Box Score) – Highlights

14-14-3, 31 points
(4th division, t11th conference)

The Sharks came into Nationwide Arena last night riding an almost unprecendented streak. They stood at 25-3-2 to start the year, which set an NHL record for best record through 30 games; the Sharks are far and away the league’s best team. Coming in, they had won 13 out of 14 (and the 14th was another overtime loss), and hadn’t lost a regulation game since November 9th. And, technically speaking, their points streak continues, leaving Columbus with another overtime loss, but this team is a juggernaut. But that’s not what this game was about for Columbus. [Read more...]

The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 11/11/08

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

The Week That Was

Week: 3-0-0, 6 points
Overall: 7-6-2, 16 points (3rd division; 9th conference)

What a difference a week makes. The Blue Jackets are getting healthy, scoring goals, and managed to win all three of their games last week. They have also officially become The Steve Mason Show. Mason was called up from Syracuse last week and was immediately thrown into the fire, starting all three games. [Read more...]

A New Beginning?

Blue Jackets 5, Oilers 4 (Box Score) – Highlights
5-6-2, 12 points (4th division, 10th conference)

In the spirit of the Browns’ new beginning tonight, I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight what might be a similar new beginning. I would take the same results, anyway. The Blue Jackets called up #1 goaltending prospect Steve Mason, and instead of him backing up struggling Fredrik Norrena he was thrust onto the NHL stage Wednesday night as Norrena “tweaked a groin” in morning skate [Read more...]

The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 10/28/08

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

The Week That Was

Week: 1-3-0, 2 points
Overall: 3-6-0, 6 points (5th division; T14th conference)

Last week, I led this paragraph with “Ugh.” This week, we’ll lead with a much louder and longer UGGGHHHHH! FYI, “T14th conference” is the same as saying DEAD LAST. The Jackets played and won a very nice game last Tuesday night against Vancouver, and promptly went directly into the tank and lost three straight, two of which were home games. [Read more...]

The 5-Hole, CBJ News and Notes – 10/21/08

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

The Week That Was

Week: 1-2-0, 2 points
Overall: 2-3-0, 4 points (5th division; T11th conference)

Ugh. The Jackets finished their first road trip last Tuesday, and then opened their home schedule last Friday. They looked flat and listless in San Jose, but did come home with some fire for the home opener. [Read more...]