directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Juice will not be turned loose tonight

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Juice will not be turned loose tonight

Puck-rakers has informed us that the Juice will not be squeezed tonight againt the Calgary Flames. Bummer too as I was looking forward to see how he would respond against his former mates.

For the Jackets this is just a little more injury adversity piled up on stacks of adversity. They have shown the ability to play thought it if they stick to their foundation.

Looks like Picard will get the nod which means to expect Hitch to pull the level on the Line-o-matic 2009XL.

My first thought was that Williams would get bumped up to a line w/ Nash and Manny but that line of he, Torres and Boll was the most effective last night -- can't break that up right?.... uuhhh..right.

For tonight's game its simple -- the Jackets have to get back to playing the kind of hockey that has made them successful so far this season. That is tight checking with suffocating neutral zone play with a strong forecheck. They must get better goaltending from whomever is in net which looks to be Mase.. we need some jaw-dropping stops to have a chance at this one.

The Jackets know this game is a big challenge.

They know how tough Calgary is, especially at home.

They know they this is the final game on the road trip before a much needed 4 day rest and they want to finish it strong.

They know they can't give up the quality chances they've given the previous two games.

They certainly know the special teams have to be better.

They know they need to execute better on the little things.

They know Calgary is on a two game skid themselves and is looking for redemption themselves heading into the break.

This game is going to be as much mental as it is physical...and it will be physical. The Jackets have to find a way to get points tonight.

The good news? The Jackets tend to play up to their competition and Calgary is a few rungs up.

Pucks drops at 10!



1 comment:

Rick said...

You have to love this line from Hitch from the post-practice press conference:

"Coach Ken Hitchcock was asked this morning if rookie Steve Mason would start tonight. "Tonight . . . and forever." (courtesy of Puck Rakers)

Stonewall Mason to carry us into the play-offs!

Carry The Flag!!!