As The Faceoff Gets Closer . . .
By: Jeff Little • March 21st, 2009
With the drop of the puck just a few moments away, a few things to keep in mind as the Jackets face off against the Panthers:
- After a couple of days off, and with Florida in a desperate playoff hunt, need to guard against early sluggishnes and/or sloppiness;
- Do not let stats vs. East go to our heads (12-3-1 by Jackets, 11-1 by Mason)
- Keep It Simple — North/South, secure possession, traffic in front, move puck low to high
- Discipline — Unlike the last game, stay out of the penalty box.
San Jose did the Jackets a favor by beating the Stars, 5 – 2 today. Dallas is now on a precarious perch with 10 games left. More as the game progresses . . .
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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