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by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

January 20

Sitting in the hotel room in Denver watching the Bruin-NYR game, wondering where has all the scoring gone. Teams are so good at defending, with the five-man collapse and shot blocking. Coaches do such a good job in getting the super stars in buying into this system, because it is proving to be successful. It truthfully is not a whole lot of fun to watch as a fan, but as a coach and a player, it is successful.

Dallas to Colorado to Dallas is a faux pas of the scheduling department of the NHL, and the CBJ are the recipient. It is also a costly venture for teams that have the same fate in the midst of their 82 game schedules. Players don’t like it… Coaches and management hate it… But the sponsors, media (TV and radio) and especially the fans really do not want to see this mistake in the future.

Before the game tonight I have some questions to be answered upon the completion of this contest…

1. What energy will be left tonight against a rested AVS team?

2. How will Freddy Modin reply after his first battle since Nov. 1? He was a little sore this morning as we stood in line for breakfast.

3. Will there be someone else step up for some secondary scoring? It can’t be #61 and #13 on this trip.

4. Fedorov and Hainsey are out… Asking your own questions here.

5. Derick Brassard has had his minutes increase with each game. Will he be given a regular shift, or does he sit and hope to contribute on the PP when asked?

6. The battle in the nets will be an area of concentration tonight as Pascal Leclaire and Jose Theodore will face each other.

Stay tuned… The CBJ have a chance to sweep the series for the first time in franchise history!!


*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 1/22/08 @Dallas.

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