If there's one thing to be learned about this Blue Jackets team through two games (and we must be cognizant of jumping to conclusions), we've seen that they will work their tails off.
After a 4-3 shootout loss to the Red Wings tonight inside an electric Nationwide Arena, there's much to be dissected and analyze before moving on to the next game Wednesday night in Phoenix. Here's the debrief: the Blue Jackets were sluggish out of the gate and gave Detroit too many power play chances, and provided a hungry team with just the boost it needed...
But they answered back. Two goals in the second period could have been an end-all-be-all in previous years, but these Blue Jackets looked a 2-0 deficit right in the face and turned the other cheek. When the Red Wings gave them opportunities on the man advantage, the Blue Jackets pounced on them and turned a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead with about half the third period left to be played.
Is there anything to take from a three-point opening stretch against two of the Western Conference's better clubs? Possibly, but the players aren't going to say they're happy with the result. They knew the Red Wings gave them a chance to win the game, and they were disappointed to not come out of tonight with the full two points.
Here are three main thoughts after tonight's game (inside the blog post).
The Blue Jackets did a lot of things well in their season-opening win over the Nashville Predators, but to a man, the players will tell you that Saturday night means nothing now.
Monday brings a new day and a new test, and tonight, it's the Detroit Red Wings who are in town and in a bad mood. As we discussed in today's Game Day preview, the Red Wings dropped a 6-0 decision in their season opener in St. Louis over the weekend, and there wasn't much to be pleased with if your name is Mike Babcock. The Red Wings held a practice yesterday at Nationwide Arena, and there was a lot of talk about working harder and putting forth a much better effort tonight against the Blue Jackets.
Here's where we are for tonight: there are no lineup changes expected for the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal and make his second straight start. He made 32 saves and stood tall in the shootout as the Blue Jackets got two points against the Predators on Saturday night.
Let's get started with my "three keys" to success for the Blue Jackets tonight, inside this blog post.
Good morning to you all! It's our second game day of the season, and this one is even more special. The home opener at Nationwide Arena gets under way at 7:30 p.m. tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. An exciting day lies ahead.
This live blog will serve as your one-stop shop for all Blue Jackets news today, includes lines/pairs, goalies, injury news (hopefully there's nothing here), video interviews, photos and more. If it happens on game day at Nationwide, we'll capture it.
Get all the latest news by clicking inside this blog post.
Derek Dorsett has been around long enough to have a complete history knowledge of the Blue Jackets' struggles in Nashville. But entering last night's season opener at Bridgestone Arena, he could not have cared less about the past.
Like his teammates echoed all week, they were approaching the game with a different outlook and a clean slate attitude. Their focus was on the first game of 48 on this year's NHL docket, and ensuring that they left the Music City with nothing less than two points.
And though it wasn't the start they were looking for -- Martin Erat's goal just 39 seconds into the game was a slight setback -- they didn't waver from their plan. Given the string of miserable luck that preceded last night's game in Nashville, it would have been easy to start thinking a different way, Dorsett said, but that mentality wasn't an option.
"We didn't get down on ourselves when they scored early, we just stuck to it," Dorsett told BlueJackets.com after practice today. "We kept grinding away and played them really hard. It could've gone the other way with them scoring early and we could've let that take the wind out of our sails, but our guys pushed through it."
Read the full story from practice today inside this blog post.
Good morning, Blue Jackets fans. I think it's safe to say that everyone had a wonderful night. What a way to start the 2012-13 season, right?
After a flight home right after the game, the Blue Jackers are slated to hit the ice here at Nationwide Arena in about 15 minutes' time. We'll bring you all the updates from practice (it is closed to the public today), and tell you everything you need to know about what happened at the rink today.
We're not sure how long practice will last today, but there's a chance it could be a quick one just to go over some structure things pertaining to tomorrow night's home opener against the Detroit Red Wings. Speaking of the Wings, they will certainly be in a foul mood upon arrival at Nationwide -- they were drubbed 6-0 by the St. Louis Blues last night at Scottrade Center.Get all the latest LIVE updates inside today's practice blog post.
The nuts and bolts of tonight's game: Sergei Bobrovsky (BOBROVSKY) made 32 saves, a handful more in the shootout, Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno scored in regulation, and the Blue Jackets hopped on their flight home with two points in hand.
Fun night at the rink, eh? Let's break it down. You can dance if you want to, but that "break it down" (in this context) means that I'm going to analyze the game. Your call, I'm cool with either.
Ah yes, the game. There was a lot to like from a Columbus perspective, in particular how the Blue Jackets countered after the Predators scored an early goal in the first period. There was no panic, no flustered-ness, no meltdown...just a collective "alright, we've got this" and commitment to their team game.
Here are my three main thoughts (and a brief game breakdown) after this 3-2 shootout win to kick off the 2012-13 season...inside the blog post.
And here we are...good afternoon and happy game day, Blue Jackets fans! We're thrilled to be back in the saddle and bringing you the latest on what should be a wild and exciting ride this season.
It's just before 1:30 p.m. ET, which means the Blue Jackets have just wrapped up their morning skate at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and we're just hours away from dropping the puck on the 2012-13 season. Can you believe it? I've been pinching myself all day...so awesome to be covering a game tonight.
Here's what we know: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just told assembled media that Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal tonight for Columbus. The 24-year-old Bobrovsky is making his Blue Jackets debut and will face Pekka Rinne between the pipes for the Predators.
You know what that means. Take it away, Jay Onrait...
That picture is a solemn reminder of the hard-luck losses over the years in Bridgestone Arena. For whatever reason, the funkiest of the funky goes down under that roof and at times, it has been downright unexplainable.
I'm not here to explain the past, but I am here to explain what the Blue Jackets must do tonight to start the next chapter on the right foot. Let's skip over the emotions/energy/tempo stuff, because that's a given; these two teams do not like each other and I can't think of a better way to kick off the season.
As a player, the only motivation you need to "get up" for this game is to look at the calendar and see the opponent -- these guys would love nothing more than to begin their season by boarding Blue Jackets Air with two points in their back pocket.
Here are my "three keys" to success for the Blue Jackets tonight:
1) Start strong -- we know emotions will be running high, but Todd Richards' team must get something going early to build on for the rest of the hockey game. Slow starts have plagued the Blue Jackets over the years (especially in Nashville), so an early goal or efficiently-run power play might do the trick. They can't take penalties or get themselves behind the eight-ball, because there are few NHL teams more opportunistic than the Nashville Predators.
The full "three keys" for tonight's game can be found inside this blog post.