Time To Take Advantage Of Opportunities
By: Jeff Little • November 29th, 2008
With Ovechkin and Company coming to town, we need to play smart hockey in our own zone — not giving up the odd man rushes and keeping things spread to the outside. Let Mason take care of the shots from outside by creating lanes for him to see. We have shown we can shut down some high powered scorers.
At the same time, we should have some opportunites. Washington has given up a lot of goals, and their goaltending is middle of the road. We need to create some odd man opportunities, get traffic low and keep the puck moving on offense.
Some calculated recklessness on offense and discipline on defense should create lots of scoring chances. Huselius, Chimera and others are due to capitalize tonight. Go Jackets!!!
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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