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12-03-2009, 05:09 AM
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Game 28: Dec 3rd Blue Jackets vs Toronto: The Win in 60 Edition

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7 pm EST at Nationwide Arena


Propitious Beginnings:

The Maple Leafs canceled their afternoon skate in the Ice Haus. Just a handful of Blue Jackets took part in an optional skate. The majority of players didn't come to the rink. Coach Ken Hitchcock doesn't anticipate many lineup changes. He might juggle his left wings. Steve Mason will start. Marc Methot, if healthy, will play and likely replace Mathieu Roy. ~Puckraker, Dec 2

Current Records: Toronto 7-12-7; Columbus 13-9-5
Team's Last 10: Toronto 4-4-2; Columbus 4-3-3

This will be the only meeting between Columbus and Toronto. The Jackets took their sole matchup a season ago, a 4-3 shootout win at the Air Canada Centre on Feb. 19.

Who's Hot
Lil' Russ
R.J.
Vermette
Juice
Hitchcock
Your Mom

Who's Not
Nasher
Steven Mason
Blue Jackets Shootout Specialists

The Big story -- (if you're from Toronto, or work for the NHL) Backup goalie Joey MacDonald stopped all 18 shots he faced in Montreal on Tuesday. (Gus the Monster went to the hospital with a heart problem.)

The Big story -- (if you're a Jackets fan) Steve Mason broke his stick on the goal and on the boards in his shootout loss. Rusty broke his groin. Will the team respond? Who will step up?


Maple Leafs -- After a rough start to the season that saw Toronto lose its first eight games, the Leafs have slowly begun crawling out of a hole that appeared too deep just a month ago. As the season enters its third month, Toronto is just seven points out of the East's top eight and has plenty of time to jump into the logjam around the final spot. The Leafs have gotten an offensive boost out of Phil Kessel, who has 13 points in 14 games since making his debut, and Niklas Hagman, whose six points in his last six games.

There is cause for concern, however. After stopping all eight shots he faced in the first period against Montreal Wednesday, Gustavsson left the game with a recurrence of heart problems that affected him in training camp. While Gustavsson, who has backstopped the Leafs through most of their resurgence, has reportedly told friends he is feeling fine, the netminder is already back in Toronto. The Leafs will finish their current road swing without him, with MacDonald getting the call Thursday.

(Jf note: the Leafs write up on NHL.com was twice the length of the BJ's.)

Blue Jackets -- Since winning five of six games in early November, the Jackets have struggled, winning just once in their last seven. Perhaps not surprisingly, the recent slide has coincided with a rough stretch for goalie Steve Mason. ...3.50 goals against average.

While the blame surely can't all rest on Mason's shoulders, the Jackets have not lacked for offense. Winger Kristian Huselius has tallied 12 points over the last 10 games, while R.J. Umberger has six points in his last two, including a hat trick Monday against St. Louis. If Mason can regain the form he displayed a year ago, the Jackets could prove themselves to be a steady force in the West.

Who's hot -- While Kessel has been the offensive newsmaker, center Matt Stajan has quietly tallied five goals and five assists in his last 10 games for Toronto. In Columbus, center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Kris Russell have combined for four goals and three assists over the last two games.

Injury report -- Marc Methot is doubtful. Rostislav Klesla 4-6 weeks with a torn groin. In addition to missing Gustavsson, Toronto may miss Carl Gunnarsson (whoever he is).

Gustavsson's value
The Leafs have grabbed at least one point in 11 of the last 14 appearances for the Monster, who is 6-5-5 overall in his first NHL campaign. When Gustavsson doesn't take the ice, Toronto is 1-7-2.

Puck drop
These are two teams that appear to be going in opposite directions, but the Leafs are still behind several teams in the East playoff race, while Columbus would be in if the regular season ended today.

But this will be the Leafs' first visit to Ohio in more than three years.

NHL Previewer's Prediction: Jackets in a Shootout (hahaha, they don't watch)
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Portions lifted from www.NHL.com.


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Interesting GDT, JF. Nice job. Let's go Jackets!! I'll carry the flag....

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The Big story -- (if you're from Toronto, or work for the NHL) Backup goalie Joey MacDonald stopped all 18 shots he faced in Montreal on Tuesday. (Gus the Monster went to the hospital with a heart problem.)

Gustavsson's value
The Leafs have grabbed at least one point in 11 of the last 14 appearances for the Monster, who is 6-5-5 overall in his first NHL campaign. [COLOR="Red"]When Gustavsson doesn't take the ice, Toronto is 1-7-2.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=300841

Best wishes to Gustavsson.

Doesn't mean I don't want his team to lose.

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I'm very excited for this game after the way the Leaf fans acted toward us this summer. CBJ should be motivated. Will this be another game where the crowd is split 50/50?

Carry the Flag.

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50 leaf fans

50 CBJ fans.

I did not think attendance has gone that low.

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Win in 60 would be ideal but at this point a win is good enough. Stop the bleeding!

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Win this game. They're 1-7-2 without the Monster.

I don't care if we give them a point, as long as we get two.

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Abandon all hope ye who enter here. Last year it was like they could beat teams that were way better than them, but would lose handedly to teams who were way worse. This year they've been losing to both

It's cool that despite the recent SKID the boys are still in the playoff picture, but they really need to pick it up to avoid sliding out. I know it's a broken record, but I'm really getting fed up with all of Hitchcock's excuses and think it's time he takes a long look in the mirror.


All that said... Mason looked better last game, so maybe we can pull this one out

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Abandon all hope ye who enter here.
I had to laugh. This is the sign that hangs on the entrance to my classroom.

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I'm very excited for this game after the way the Leaf fans acted toward us this summer. CBJ should be motivated. Will this be another game where the crowd is split 50/50?

Carry the Flag.

I wish the team felt like the fans do. I bet many of them are actually Leaf fans.

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It's cool that despite the recent SKID the boys are still in the playoff picture, but they really need to pick it up to avoid sliding out. I know it's a broken record,
I think it's a sign of the times that a 4-3-3 record over 10 games is a "skid". Expectations are higher to be sure. That's a good thing. The road trip was ugly to be sure, but we've seemed to have recovered. All things aside, we're almost .500 on the road and have a good record at home. I think we're just all waiting for that "next step" with this team. It's confusing to watch us to be sure.

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but I'm really getting fed up with all of Hitchcock's excuses and think it's time he takes a long look in the mirror.
Which excuses are you referring to? I've tried to figure out for years which ones piss people off, because it's pretty much the same from the majority of coaches. The coaches on elite teams don't have to answer the questions that can lead to things that sound like excuses nearly as often.

If you looking for Hitch to take responsiblity for a Russ turnover leading to a short handed goal, or Mason letting in a wrap around to lose the game in the third, you're going to die bitter.

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All that said... Mason looked better last game, so maybe we can pull this one out
Mason's been pretty good in 8 of his last 10 starts. He's been giving us the chance to win most nights.

This month is huge. The schedule is favorable. It would be nice to finish the year out strong, starting tonight. I predict a good game. Go Jackets.

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Living with a bunch of Leaf fans and being the sole Jacket supporter, they'd better win tonight or I'll never hear the end of it

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i'm looking forward to the seats I got off the exchange for this game...third row off the ice by the bench....CTF!!!

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Looks like Picard might get a chance tonight.

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2009/12...for_news.shtml

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Blue Jackets winger Raffi Torres might miss tonight's game to be with his wife who has been hospitalized in anticipation of the couple's first child.

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Jackets win 6-2, Boll with 6 goals. We can't lose to Joey Macdonald.

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I wish Raffi would understand that 2 points is much more important than the birth of his first born

Maybe this guy can actually play hard next time he is on the ice, its not like he had a face protector or anything. What does this guy think? He just broke his jaw or something!?

Congrats, Raffi1

I wonder if Raffi2 has any kids? Or if he will be the Godfather????

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Blue Jackets winger Raffi Torres might miss tonight's game to be with his wife who has been hospitalized in anticipation of the couple's first child.
Get Raffi1, Raffi2 and forthcoming Raffi Jr. in the same pic and the universe will fold in on itself.

Jackets better not do the usual "let's overlook these guys because they are supposedly worse than us" routine. Play all 60 and I mean 60; no overtime for once....please! With the crammed schedule, they need all the rest they can get.

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Raffi 3 will be born tonight... good sign of a win. As others have said, Raffi 1, 2, and 3 in the same picture would cause the earth to implode.

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We looked great against one of the top teams.
Question is: will we be like the Jackets of old and play looking ahead in the schedule and look like crap versus a supposedly "weaker" team?

I'll be there tonight, hopefully we play this elusive "60" you all speak of

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Spotted on 11th Ave., just off of High Street. Good to see the neighborhood is in the spirit

Actually I imagine this is a by-product of the "fun" between Toronto FC and Crew fans last summer... but still ironic to see on a day like today. Go Jackets!



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Lets go tonight jackets! HOckey night i Circleville baby!!!!

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Leafs lines:

Ponikarovsky - Stajan - Kessel
Hagman - Grabovski - Hanson
Kulemin - Primeau - Stempniak
Blake - Mayers - Orr

Kaberle - Komisarek
Beauchemin - White
Finger - Schenn

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Toskala

Scratched: Wallin, Exelby
Injured: Van Ryn, Mitchell, Gunnarsson, Gustavsson

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Jackets win 6-2, Boll with 6 goals. We can't lose to Joey Macdonald.
That'd be like losing to Curtis McIlhenny.

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