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Game #69: Blue Jackets at Predators

Saturday, March 10, 2007
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Record: 27-34-7
On the road: 12-18-3
Last 10: 4-4-2
Bloggers and local media:
Death Cab for Woody
End of the Bench
The Jacket Times
Jackets tie odious shutout mark - Columbus Dispatch (Portzline)

Painful. And that's not even meant to describe how I feel after a late night and then an early wake-up this morning, either. After this post, I'm most likely going to lay down after some cardio exercising.

But, yeah. 3-0 loss to the Stars, and there's really nothing to say about last night. Believe me, I'm trying to come up with some sort of snappy comment, or name someone who deserves criticism ... and honestly, most everyone I saw on the ice gave a ton of effort. In the end, they were simply beat by a superior goaltender in Marty Turco, who looks to have gotten a spring back in to his step after shutting the Blue Jackets out, and 'helping' them to tie that dubious (I prefer my word over Portzline's use of 'odious', so hah!) mark of 14 shutouts in a season, tying an NHL record ever since the league grew in size by double.

The three different goals that the Blue Jackets gave up involved a comedy of errors. Once again, it's worth pointing out the wretched penalty kill, which allowed the Stars to go 2-for-5 on the power play. I believe this is the ... 10th straight game they've given up at least a one power play goal, now? The other goal was a total lapse of judgement by both Sergei Fedorov and Nikolai Zherdev at different points during the Stars' scoring of said goal. Fedorov all but pansy-wristed the puck on his backhand, and not getting any air on it, handed it right over to Jussi Jokinen and Jere Lehtinen. Meanwhile, Zherdev all but lackadaisically glided in to his own defensive zone, which gave his man -- Niklas Hagman -- all the time in the world to fire it in to the net, no matter how fast Fredrik Norrena might have tried to go side to side.

There is one other thing I want to mention ... and while I've been singing the praises of
Hitchcock since he first arrived, I just can't find myself agreeing with his decision to bump up Alexander Svitov to being between Rick Nash and David Vyborny as the game wore on, despite the fact that the team was down a goal. It isn't even so much that I find Geoff Platt to be the superior centerman compared to Svitov for the top line at this time, but also that this was Svitov's first game back since a mild concussion. I don't feel he was prepared, and while I understand Hitch's desire to shake things up and see if anyone gets a fire lit under them as a result, it just seems to have backfired more than anything else.

Team: Nashville Predators
Record: 45-18-6
At home: 24-5-4
Last 10: 6-1-3
Bloggers and local media:
No blogs.
Forsberg practices, could return soon - The Tennessean

That nap I said I was going to take? I'm taking it now, as I am way, way too tired to continue. Sorry, folks. If you want a Predators' write-up, go check out some Predator blogs.

... OWAIT! They don't have any! HURRRR! :-p

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  • At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with you about Svitov v. Platt on the Nash/Vyborny line. I am much more comfortable with Platt in there for some reason. I feel like there is more chemistry on that line when he is in. Nothing against Svitov - just doesn't seem to fit in that line as well...

  • At 10:53 PM, Blogger Temujin said…

    If Norrena could only get some offensive help. His record doesn't reflect his level of play... he ought to be 25-9-3.

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