Blue Jackets @ Red Wings - Game 1 - 4/16
Posted April 16, 2009 - 04:53 PM
Around these Intarwebs the Blue Jackets seem to be a pretty sexy pick for first-round upset. I can see why people would say that, it makes for a good story. If you don't have a stake in the Wings' success why wouldn't you go for the great underdog story. Having finally made the playoffs the young, scrappy Blue Jackets are stuck going against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, led by their core of evil players who sign long-term, low-cap-hit contracts and refuse to fight.
I don't buy it but I'm not expected to, I've got my rooting interest in this one.
So bottom line? I don't care about the stories. Just like last year, this is one game at a time. Starting in about 97 minutes.
Posted April 16, 2009 - 05:04 PM
You said intarwebs, haha.
I wore my jersey today for extra luck, so I hope the underdog doesn't see through!
Posted April 16, 2009 - 05:24 PM
Actual pregame notes...
As previously mentioned this week, Kris Draper is out tonight and will miss the first two games of the series before being re-evaluated. Darren Helm takes his spot centering the fourth line.
Dan Cleary, after being banged up in practice on Monday, is ready to go tonight. As such, Ville Leino was sent back to Grand Rapids to gear up for the Griffins' first round matchup against Hamilton.
Jonathan Ericsson remains on the blueline while Andreas Lilja recovers but I suspect Mike Babcock won't hesitate to go to Chris Chelios to replace either Ericsson or Brett Lebda if things start to go poorly.
Posted April 16, 2009 - 06:40 PM
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