Tonight's Watching Guide
By: Jeff Little • March 27th, 2009
Despite the CBJ having the night off, the Western Conference Playoff race continues at full speed. Games to watch for tonight:
Vancouver at Colorado — Colorado is at home, which provides some hope, and Vancouver has been awful on the road. A Colorado win would get Vancouver muttering to itself.
New Jersey at Chicago – Chicago is at home, but New Jersey is very tough anywhere. What kind of goaltending effort will Chicago get?? That could tell the tale and continue the mild intrigue for the 4 and 5 slots.
Edmonton at Anaheim – This is the big one from the CBJ perspective. An Edmonton loss here is not fatal to their cause, but it would certainly put them on the critical list, due to points lost and further advantage to Anaheim. Anaheim is looking for its 6th straight victory. Probably want to root for Edmonton in this one, making only a 1 point narrowing of the gap, with the CBJ holding a game in hand over both teams.
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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