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.
If I knew how to skate with any kind of consistency, let me tell you that I would be ready to check someone through the boards at this point. With a summer of utterly crap-tastic baseball now in my rear-view-mirror and any semblance of excitement about the Browns now completely extinguished, not to mention the lack of any worthwhile Cavs action for most of this month, I cannot over-state how JACKED UP I am for hockey. I know most of you don’t give a crap, but I DO. The Jackets are coming off their Best Season Ever, had arguably their Best Offseason Ever, and look to be fielding their Best Team Ever. I heart superlatives. Enough goofing; LET’S DROP THE PUCK ALREADY!
Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1 (Box Score)
…but the performances still do. The Blue Jackets played their second exhibition game last night in Minnesota, and it was again a chance for the young players to show their stuff for coach Ken Hitchcock and GM Scott Howson.
The Jackets were suffering a bit from the dreaded “travel legs” (or “bus legs”, as Hitchcock calls them) last night, playing their second game in as many nights while the Wild was playing its exhibition home-opener and played 14 regular players as a tip of the cap to their fan base. Suffice it to say, however, that after some initial sluggishness, the Jackets put forth a strong effort against a pretty tough team. [Read more...]