Exactly, although I think we all agree that Mason starting takes away a huge chunk of confidence from the fans and arguably the room. It's too easy to picture a 3-1 deficit at second intermission tonight.
This team is use to being down. The quick goal by Nashville on the very 1st shot of the game, getting outplayed soundly in the first period by Detroit and getting down 2-0 in that game. So I don't think (or maybe I'm hoping) this team will quit like a lot of the Jackets teams even if they get down.
I also really expect Mason to play well this year. He's fighting for another 1 way contract after this season, I'm sure he understands if he plays as poorly as he has the last couple of seasons that he'll be lucky to get a minimal 1 way contract with little job security.
This definetely feels like a 3-2 game with the 5th goal coming in OT or SO. Not sur ewho will win but I would be happy to get a point on the road.
Hope for a better showing than against Detroit. Less giveaways, better dzone play by all would be good. Bob saved the bacon the other night to get one point. Time for Mason to see what he can do, although I would still ride Bob.
Want to see what Cam can do with Dubi and Artie. The Brass line needs something, maybe Dorsett can help, not holding my breath.
O/U on how many hits Vermette has tonight. I'll go U 1!
Considering this team is so young, and so new, and have barely played together, I think the last two games have been encouraging. This team already feels like a better team than last year's team, and many of the pivotal guys barely know one another. A few more games in, I like what we may have. I'm taking three goals for CBJ tonight but I'm not ruling out four. I'm crap at calling the scorers, though, but one comes from the blue line.
I'm optimistic (generally, but also) about Mason this season. I think Bobs plays himself into the starter, but I expect competitiveness out of Mase...