Look Out, Detroit, Here We Come!!!!
By: Jeff Little • April 12th, 2009
St. Louis has just defeated Colorado, 1 -0, which means they assume the 6th place slot, and we take 7th, due to St. Louis winning the head-to-head series with the CBJ. St. Louis is off to Vancouver, while we will travel to Detroit. Anaheim will battle San Jose, and Chicago will go up against Calgary.
There are some real advantages to this matchup — a better travel schedule, the chance to get some of the CBJ fans up to the away games, and an opponent we know very well. Detroit is formidable, particularly in the playoffs, but their goaltending is a potential chink in the armor, and we will not be intimidated by them. I would rather face Osgood at this time of year than Luongo.
Nothing easy in the playoffs, but we have what it takes to win. Hitch will have them ready, and it will be a helluva series to watch. We will be working on our tickets shortly.
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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