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First of Three Versus Detroit

by Jeff Rimer / Columbus Blue Jackets

March 15

Ah yes... we will see plenty of the division leading Detroit Red Wings this week!

Three times in fact... Sunday at Nationwide, Wednesday at Joe Louis and then back here in Columbus next Saturday. With that in mind after a poorly played effort against the Blackhawks Friday... the Blue Jackets know they need to tighten things up defensively in a hurry or they will be exploited by the offensively minded Red Wings all week long.

Saturday Hitch put the team thru a brisk hour and a quarter practice that worked on their Defensive Zone play somewhat non existent against the Hawks. As Hitch told a small group of us after practice he is still trying to get over Friday's disappointing loss and not looking much at the opponent as much as he is focusing on his team! In his words....

"We are starting to score goals but we are now giving up the puck and consequently we are giving up goals."

"We need to compete at a high level to be successful and when we don't it doesn't show up offensively but shows up in our own zone"

Just a hunch but I expect we will see Pascal Leclaire back between the pipes against the Wings and I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of veterans sat out as healthy scratches... but just a hunch!


*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 3/19 @Detroit.

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