The CBJ played one of their best road games of the year in STL and were not rewarded with a point in a 3-2 loss. The surprise starter, Fredrik Norrena was hung out to dry after a defensive zone turnover with 2:27 to go in game. Brad Boyes collected #10 of the year on a tape to tape pass from Kariya to put the Blues up 2-1. An empty net goal by Jamal Mayers and a goal from Rick Nash with six seconds rounded out the scoring for game, one that the CBJ can keep their chins up walking out of the Scottrade Center and waking up and getting back to business Saturday.
The key to the loss was the ineffective PP once again, going 0-6 on the night. A 5-on-3 PP for 1:36 would have allowed the CBJ to take the lead, but blasts, more blasts missed shots and a hot Manny Legace proved once again the demise of success.
Legace is now 14-4-1 against the CBJ lifetime. The PP is 3 for the last 44 and Hitch is looking for some answers. "A tweak" will be in the works for the Red Wings, in personnel decisions and technique on how to create some twine twirling. "Determination must exceed the goaltender one is facing" was the comment of the day from coach Hitch… with Modin and Peca out of the lineup, throw another card in the poker game, Jared Boll. Who knows what his hunger and desire may add in front of any goaltender?
Jody Shelley got his wish for his first bout of the year. His comment of "my left hand or grappling hand slipped" was a truism as he got popped big time. There were plenty of kudos going out to Jody for hanging in there and getting back into the fray without embarrassment. "Not my type of fight but it felt good to be back at it." There were a few zippers applied to his facial area for his efforts.
One of the most consistent lines for the CBJ's continue to show more often than not. With the grunt work of Glencross, the puck protection and strength around the wall by Novotny, and the ever growing confidence of the maturing Zherdev, opportunities prevail. They are fun to watch and once they get the puck behind the defense, look out. They need to be rewarded more often for the work put forward.
Jan Hejda continues to be a horse as he leads the team with a +7. Adam Foote and Hejda match up each shift with the other team's best. They will see plenty of ice against "the NHL's best team" (Hitch's quote on Saturday 11-17) when Detroit invades NWA Sunday. Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom must be contained, someway, somehow!!
Dan Fritsche is getting some opportunities the past few games for one simple reason, playing his game of speed and aggressiveness. Leave the cute stuff behind and let the wheels go forward and success will come with time.
Duvie Westcott is making small strides in getting back into form on the blue line. The defense is in dire need for someone to step up offensively, even more than the continued efforts of leading D-scorer - Ron Hainsey. The leading teams in the NHL have plenty of secondary scoring from the back end.
The CBJ have been scored on first in the past six games going 1-4-1. So... key #1 against the Wings… start fast and get on the board first and get the home crowd involved.
*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 11/23 @Minnesota.