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Bethany's Hockey Rants

A Columbus Blue Jacket's Blog...I rant and rave about my team and anything else that is important in hockey.

Updated: 2015-09-17T01:13:41.715-05:00


It's official...


The new blog is up and running. Go ahead and change over your links if you don't mind and be sure to check from now on :)(image)

Night of shorthanded goals..


(image) Well the Columbus Blue Jackets may have lost tonight and had a lot of turn overs but I saw a lot of things that I liked. I liked the fact that Adam Foote had a short handed goal. I liked the fact that Freddy made a lot of big saves...even though he was trying to poke check on that first one and it didn't go over too hot. I did get mad at my boys and turn it off for the last 8 minutes. I did like the fact that Nikolai Zherdev had an assist on all of the goals by us...but like Michael pointed out...he was out on the ice for all of the Wild's goals.
I dislike the Wild's game as much as the next person which doesn't really make sense because I'm a huge fan of the Devils...but the way the Devils do it is exciting because Marty always makes the big saves and they're pretty entertaining and quite frankly...Backstrom isn't that entertaining. However Backstrom won the game tonight. Brent Burns who is my favorite Minnesota Wild player had a goal and was third star of the game.
I will write more about the game tomorrow...but, I just wanted to toss a quick post up...and say what's with all the shorties tonight?! Blue Jackets had one, Tampa had one, Anaheim had one, New Jersey had one, Ottawa had one, Montreal had one, Boston has one, and finally Chicago has one...and the night is not even over!! Anyway goodnight everyone...and twin this is for you...Go Yotes!!(image)

Lines for the night.


Coach Ken Hitchcock will stick with the same lines from last night...11 forwards and 7 defenseman and Fredrik Norrena will be getting the start and according to Michael I am giddy as a school girl...and I AM!!!!!!!!!! In case you missed it the lines for last night are...


Nash ~ Fedorov ~ Vyborny
Chimera ~ Novotny ~ Zherdev
Modin ~ Malhotra ~ Brule
~ Fritsche ~ Boll

Klesla ~ Hainsey
Foote ~ Hejda
Russell ~ Tollefsen

As I pointed out to Kirsten...Norrena is 2-0 vs the Wild.(image)

Jackets 4 Ducks 0


(image) Yea, you read that correctly. We shut out the former Stanley Cup champions in our home opener. It was amazing you couldn't have asked for a better game. Ilya Bryzgalov was in net for the Ducks and Pascal Leclaire was in net for the Jackets. Leclaire proved to me he can be a good he just needs to keep it up. Nash scored twice and got two assists on the night. Feds had a goal and an assist as did Ron Hainsey. The former Stanley Cup Champs couldn't get their first shot on goal until 16 minutes into the game. We dominated the play and the Jackets earned this win. Shots on goal were 37 (CBJ) to 28 (ANA). It was an impressive win and we got to hear the cannon go off a total of 6 times. It was pretty sweet to say the least. While some people could say the Ducks are tired and not playing their best hockey...well I am going to have to agree with what Randy Carlyle said:
Asked if his team was tired after playing four games on two continents and in three arenas in less than a week, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle refused to take the easy way out.

"Those are excuses," he said. "That's the way it goes. We didn't have the energy that was necessary to compete at the level they played at."

Wait...we're talking about the Jackets right? The Columbus Blue Jackets? WOW. I guess the season is underway and well we play again tonight...vs Minnesota. My Prediction for the game tonight...Jackets 3 Wild 2. Keep up the great work. Check out quotes from the boys here. It's going to be a good season.

Also, be sure to look out for my new site which will hopefully be up by Monday :)


It's hockey night TONIGHT


I'm so thrilled...this was the longest off season least in my head. Hockey starts in about 38 minutes...and I'm at work but never fear...I will be home and not miss the first puck drop in North America :)(image)



We have a final roster... and I'm sorry that this is going to be short and sweet however...Foote, Modin, and Peca were placed on Injured Reserve today. Also, Kris Beech was put on waivers to be sent down to the minors. Also, Sheldon Brookbank was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils...LAME!! UGH!!!!!! Wasn't he the best in the AHL last year?? UGH!!! I need a hug.(image)

Few things...


Congrats to Jared Boll and Kris Russell who have made it into the big show. According to Aaron Portzline they will be in the line-up Friday night for opening night. I am excited beyond belief for these guys. While, I haven't been able to make it up for any of the camps or watch any of the pre-season games I have heard nothing but amazing things about them. While neither of them is a top line center (Russell is defense and Boll is a winger) I feel their contributions will be just what we need. Portzline also has the opening night line ups...well what he thinks they're going to be. And here we have it:
F1 = Nash, Fedorov, Vyborny
F2 = Chimera, Novotny, Zherdev
F3 = Modin, Peca, Brule
F4 = Fritsche, Malhotra, Boll
All of this is assuming Peca is better along with Modin. Feds is back between Nash and Vybs which is our best bet...considering the Zherdev experiment failed.
"That experiment failed. I didn't feel comfortable playing center, and, at times, didn't know what to do with the puck." He went on to say that he wouldn't want to play center again, that he much prefers the right wing."
And, here's what he feels about fans and the press talking all that smack about him.
"I don't mind. I admit my mistakes and when I don't play well. After all, criticism is what news and fans are there for."
Well Zherdev why don't you listen to us. Start showing us that you give two craps about us. Show us the player you can be...the player we expected you to be. I hope you have changed...please show us owe it to us...and hell you're getting paid a lot of money and you're just not producing buddy.
Also, if you're going to the game on ready for the KABOOM!!!!!!!(image)

Predators Preview


On the Forecheck has his Predators preview up. Be sure to check it out here. Also, regular (everyday) posting will start tomorrow. Also, look for me to switch to my own site shortly. :)(image)

An open letter...


Dear Pascal Leclaire,
I have been a Jackets fan for sometime now...and have been to many games, however, I have never seen you play...hell I've never even seen you sit on the bench and look pretty. I have seen you hobble around on crutches in the locker room however...and I felt sorry for you. See here's the thing I don't like you. You have never proven yourself to me or anyone else. You are a band-aid. You don't deserve to be the number one goal tender. Freddy Norrena does. He deserves to open on Friday night. So help me if we lose on Friday. You will be forever on my bad list...a list you're pretty close to being on.
A Blue Jackets Fan that is tired of losing.(image)



Thanks to Shmee for pointing this out to me...
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SportsFan Magazine Preview


I answered a few questions for SportsFan Magazine for the Blue Jackets preview. Be sure to check it out here.(image)

Oh Jason Chimera...


(image) Jason Chimera aside from being the joker in the Blue Jackets locker room is started to show that he is much more than a checking line forward. In an exhibition game last week he had a goal 2 assists and 2 fights. A Gordie Howe hat trick plus some. (Gordie Howe hat trick is a goal a fight and an assist). When speaking to a reporter about it he said:

Reporter: "Do you prefer Gordon or Gordie?"

Chimera: "Mr. Howe would be fine."

How can you not love that guy? Chimera is such an important part of the Blue Jackets. When Hitchcock took over last season he sat all the players down and gave them specific rolls. Hitch told Chimera...that everyone has to check and everyone has to score. Also, when Hitchcock got here Chimera's all around performance improved.

Chimera had two goals, four assists and a minus-5 rating in 20 games before Hitchcock was hired last season. In 62 games under Hitchcock, he had 13 goals, 17 assists and a plus-7 rating.

Pretty impressive. During training camp Chimera has been on a line with Jakub Voracek and Derick Brasard. Hitch wants him used to scoring goals.

"Jason has always been an elite skater," Hitchcock said. "If not the best skater in the league, he's one of the top two or three. He'd get going so fast that it was hard to make plays. Well, his mind has now caught up with his legs, and he's able to think on the ice."

Also, on the camp front after reading Portzline's blog apparently Shelley is taking on a leadership role (which I have talked about before) telling one of the younger campers to get his act together.

Camper of the day: Jody Shelley. I won't tell you who, but Shelley strongly, professionally and bluntly corrected a young player for leaving the ice too early after Wednesday's practice. Big No. 45 said his peace and moved on. No hard feelings, no discussion needed. That, friends, is leadership. This, friends, is a new era.

Jody Shelley according to Portzline at least would be the captain of the Blue Jackets if he wasn't a fourth line winger.


Zherdev is on my bad list...


After reading Portzline's blog today I am really really upset with him. I said everyone was getting a clean slate and everyone would be on my good list at the beginning of the season but Nik has kind of let me down.Now, back to Zherdev. It's hard to explain exactly how poorly he practiced today. I'd say he was invisible, except that his performance was so bad, so disinterested, you couldn't help but notice him. When a puck would come between him and a defender, Zherdev wouldn't even attempt to win the puck with his stick. He'd simple concede possession and skate away. He was bad in Sunday's preseason game against Buffalo; he was awful earlier today.Why does he do this? I don't understand...I hope he sits opening night...I want to enjoy my experience. Portzline has his thoughts on who he thinks will start opening night and on what I said these are only thoughts...F1: Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, David VybornyF2: Fredrik Modin, Sergei Fedorov, Dan FritscheF3: Jason Chimera, Michael Peca, Gilbert BruleF4: Jody Shelley, Manny Malhotra, Jiri NovotnySpare: Nikolai ZherdevI really like the top line...I haven't seen Brassard play but everything I have read and heard says he is doing just great. Nikolai Zherdev sitting obviously makes me happy. It looks like Leclaire will be playing opening night since Norrena hurt himself. And, Leclaire has had a decent camp and a fairly decent few pre-season games. But, Freddy can't get back soon enough!!!!!!!!!!! As for defense...Portzie has these...D1: Rostislav Klesla, Jan HejdaD2: O-K Tollefsen, Adam FooteD3: Duvie Westcott, Kris RussellSpare: Ron HainseyKris Russell has had an amazing camp and well he deserves to be up here he's a little guy. And, granted all of these line ups are if everyone is better we have had quite a few injuries in the pre-season.Here are injuries as of right now.Michael Peca (groin)Adam Foote (hamstring)Fredrik Norrena (knee)Fredrik Modin (back)Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (knee)Dan Fritsche (hip)Let's hope everyone is better...soon!!!!!!! I haven't had a chance to go to any of the pre-season games or any of the practices but if anyone has let me know. Also, be sure to check out Aaron Portzline's blog Portzline's Puck-Rakers. [...]

I'm back.


After taking a long long break from my blog I am back and very excited for this season. While I had every intention of posting a Preview for the Blue Jackets but things with my family and friends came first. Things are beginning to calm down...which is always a good thing. I should start posting normal posts tomorrow but for now...I will just throw out some links.
Sarah at Neutral Zone Trap has her preview for the Jackets.
And Drew at End of the Bench has his Jackets preview.
Today is Detroit Red Wings bloggers here are their links...
Abel to Yzerman's preview.
George has his preview at Kukla's.
Christy at Behind the Jersey has hers.
Gorilla Crouch has his.
Gloveside has the preview up also.
Enjoy the reading...and I will be posting on a daily basis again beginning tomorrow.
On a totally random should check out this picture it's quite trippy!!

Zherdev a centre?!


Apparently, Hitch has decided to move Zherdev to the top line where he will centre Nash and Vyborny. At least for a little bit. Intereseting move by Hitch but I think it's a move to show Zherdev that we want him to succeed to tell him that this is a new chance for him. A new start. Hitch has a way of molding people and gosh darn it he is going to try it with Zherdev.
"My focus is to be successful offensively, your best players have to have the puck more," Hitchcock said. "This is an opportunity for him to have the puck more. Regardless of who plays centre ice, whether it's Vyborny or him or whatever, or if we decide to go with (Sergei) Fedorov or (Michael) Peca there, we want people to play together that are creative."
Training camp opens tomorrow without Alexandre Picard and Zenon Konopka. And, the pre-season begins on Sunday playing the Nashville Predators.(image)

Chelios hates Detroit.


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I love my team.


I had the opportunity on Tuesday morning to go to a breakfast where Jeff Rimmer, Mike Priest, Scott Howson, and my personal favorite Ken Hitchcock spoke. Rimmer basically gave a general talk and said that he was excited for the season and that there is a lot of 'professionalism' and accountability in the dressing room, but we need to wait and see what they do on the ice. Priest spoke mainly of the business of the team like how far we've come since getting the team. Howson spoke about building the team and how you've got to develop your players and how you have to have the right players on the ice. Like he always says anyone has a chance to make the team come training camp. Then Hitch got up he was the one to not use the microphone. He said we know what everyone is saying, they're saying we're going to finish 13th or 14th in the conference. They don't know our team. I know our team. Since I took over the team we were a .500 team. I'm in the business of winning. Our team is completely healthy and there won't be any off time at training camp. He got me completely pumped up for the season. I am so excited to see these boys out on the ice. I want to see what they do. I have a feeling that they will surprise a lot of people. Training camp starts tomorrow. I won't be attending the Friday session but I am hoping to make it up to the Saturday session.(image)

Central Division Preview


Third Man In previews the Blackhawks...check it out here. And, for a full schedule of events be sure to check right here. I will be previewing the Blue Jackets and also the St. Louis Blue's.(image)

Wow...I have been away for too long.


Well, most of you who have read my blog know what's going on right now. A very close family friend, in fact they're just like family, had a heart attack Saturday night. He was coding (his heart stopped) and possibly went without oxygen to his brain for 45 minutes. Since Saturday night I have had my 'little sister' Natalie and have been staying with her every night. This is the first chance I have had to actually sit down and write. Please keep my other family in your thoughts and prayers. I will be posting about hockey now...because I need to get my mind off of things. Apparently, we have a brighter dressing room now because there are new lights and because guys seem to have hope now. Original Jacket David Vyborny said:"It's real now," said right winger David Vyborny, who has been with the teamfrom the start. "It feels real."Short and to the point but you know how it feels any Jacket fan knows exactly how it feels. We finally have the potential to do something. We have a General Manager who is willing to let our young players mature. We have a coach who won't settle for anything except excellence. Us fans are ready for it. We want to win. We want our boys to win. We want to know what it feels like to watch your team play in May. But, we know that won't happen this least I don't think. "The general feeling is that we can't wait to get started," Tollefsen said."That's why everybody's here so far before training camp. We have lots toprove."As far as the Super Series goes...Stefan Legein played amazing so has goaltender Steve Mason. Right winger Stefan Legein, the Blue Jackets' second-round pick (No. 37) inJune, has played on a checking line and on Canada's top penalty-killing unit. Healso has scored three goals."Stefan has played his style," Howson said."He's been gritty, high energy. … He's brought a lot to the team."I am really excited to see what goes on at training camp. It should be amazing...we have talent coming up quick. Let's hope that this season turns out well and that we will prove that we're not bottom feeders. Speaking of training camp, the Blue Jackets will get their first look at Voracek!! His coach told the Dispatch this,"The first thing you appreciate as a coach is that he never takes a night off,"Russell said. People say that about a lot of guys, but it's the dead-ontruth about Jakub. I've asked him who he wants to play with (on his line), andhe refuses to give me names. He says, 'I don't care who I play with. You coach,I play.' "While it is highly unlikely that Voracek will make the big show this season Howson isn't ruling it out saying like he always does that everyone has a chance at training camp. "I don't rule anybody out from making the team," Howson said. "Jakub will begiven every opportunity. But we're not going to keep him (on the Blue Jackets)to play 40 games. We're not going to keep him up here to play on the fourthline. He's either going to be one of our best top-end players, or he'll go backto junior and have a great season. Either way, his future is extremelybright."I personally am content with letting him do what he does in junior and get him when we can. He seems to have a lot of potential although I was re-watching the draft and TSN said that Jakub was one of the most NHL ready of all the boys. [...]

Mark Bell suspended.


(image) Thanks to Kukla for posting this.

Sources tell TSN Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell has been suspended indefinitely without pay after being placed into stage two of the NHL’s substance abuse program.
In order to be reinstated, Bell will require the recommendation of program doctors along with the approval of both the National Hockey League and the NHLPA.(image)

Central Division Preview


Eleven bloggers who cover each team in the Central Division have gotten together to present our readers and NHL fans in general with a preview of the division. The preview kicks off today with an overview of how the preview will work. So today we are presenting you with an overview of each blog that will participate in the preview and the dates you can expect to read our coverage on each team in the division.

Without further ado here is the overview of each blogger:

Chicago Blackhawks

Chris - The Third Man In []

Chris will preview the Hawks in their second year under head coach Denis Savard. The Third Man In has covered the Hawks since March]

Bethany takes a break from her Hockey Ranting just long enough to preview the Blues.

So be sure to check out each preview to get the latest information, statistics, and completely biased opinions on each team in the Central Division. One team will be featured on each of the following Mondays. Here is the schedule for each team preview:

Sept 10 - Chicago
Sept 17 - Columbus
Sept 24 - Detroit
Oct 1 - Nashville
Oct 8 - St. Louis

We hope you enjoy the preview as we get closer to the drop of the puck and the start of the 2007-08 season!(image)

I don't even know where to start.


So I had every intention of posting more this weekend. But, some unexpected family (Well they're like my second family) issues happened so I have been away. I should be able to post tonight, but no guarantees. Keep them in your prayers especially my "little sister" Natalie.(image)

My NHL "Awards"


So CapsChick issued us this I did it.

Best one-on-one offensive play
er: I think I want to go with Joe Sakic...but then again I kind of want to go with someone different because Kirsten already said him....but you can't deny his skill.

Best one-on-one defenceman: Niedermayer he can do anything...I mean he can skate...pass...shoot...he can do anything a forward can do plus he's an amazing defender.

Assist Man: Vyborny...this guy has so much talent and gets over-looked so many times (even by me) and I have to go with my boy.

Best Pure Goal Scorer: Ovechkin for sure!! No question.

Power Play Specialist: Hmmm I would agree with Kirsten again but Souray is just awful. I am going to go with Pronger...I know right?!

Shorthanded Specialist: Rick about Jordan Staal that kid has a ton of talent and is probably the only Penguin I actually like.

Need One Save: Martin Brodeur I have to go with the man on my wall.

The Guy You've Never Heard Of: Sidney who?

Biggest Impact on a New Team: Norrena!!!!

When It Gets Chippy: Jody Shelley he's our tough guy and having talked to the guy...I love him!!

Coach For a Must-Win Game: Ken coach in the NHL.

Get Under Your Skin Guy: Sean Avery did you see him in the playoffs? Absolutely wonderful.

The Home Crowd: I haven't been to too many arena's. But, aside from the Jackets...I'm going to go with the Flyers last year at the end of the season they were still there cheering their hearts out.

Most Overrated Player: Sidney Crosby. Yes, he has talent. Yes, he is young. But, get over it and focus on someone else...someone with personality go with Ovechkin!!

Most Underrated Player: Sammy Pahlsson I think...that kid has so much talent.

Worst Arena to Play in as a Visitor: If my name was Sergei Fedorov I would say The Joe.

Worst Arena to Play in as the Home Team: I don't know...

Project Runway: Yeah, uhm...Crosby...(image)

Oh Nikolai...


Scott Howson met with Nikolai Zherdev in Ottawa on Wednesday. I am glad he had this meeting. Nikolai needs to know what will be allowed, what won't fly, what is to be expected, yada yada yada.
"It was good to get to know (Nikolai), to learn about him and his family," Howson said. "He's been through a lot; he's experienced a lot, and he's still a young guy. It was a productive meeting. I wanted him to get a feel for me -- it's the first time we've ever met -- and I wanted him to know what we're trying to do in Columbus. We talked about some of the issues in the past, and I heard him out on that. And I told him why I came to meet with him, what our expectations are for him this coming season."
I really hope that Nikolai has a break out season and just does amazing for us. If not then it's onto the trading block...I think at least.
"Nikolai can certainly make a big difference as far as getting us to a higher skill level," Howson said. "He could make us a bigger threat. But it's more than that. We want to have a strong team, and to get that, everybody has to be important, and everybody has to know they're important. We wanted Nikolai to know and feel that he's a big part of what we're trying to do."
Apparently Zherdev wants to be one of the top players in the NHL. Well Nik prove it.(image)

Super Series


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Nasty hit from Brandon Sutter on Alexei Cherepanov. Cherepanov is out for the rest of the series.

Legein (and Turris) scored again...