Winning In the West . . .
By: Jeff Little • April 7th, 2009
Time once again to take advantage of an “off night” and do some serious rooting for teams we might not otherwise care about:
- Chicago over Nashville — Nashville is at home, last home game, and clawing for a playoff spot. Chicago is striving to hold onto the 4th slot, and gain the home ice advantage for Round 1 of the playoffs. Nashville has the edge in emotion, but Chicago has the talent and the ability to score that Nashville lacks. Root for Chicago to win, and for Nashville to tire Chicago out in the process.
- Phoenix over St. Louis — The hordes of new talent that arrived in Phoenix after the Trade Deadline have started to learn how to play together, and Phoenix has been very competetive. St. Louis is on the road yet again. Root for St. Louis to go down.
- Calgary over Vancouver — This one is for all of the marbles in the Northwest, with a Calgary win icing the division for them. A Calgary win also helps Chicago nail down 4th spot, which could impact their motivation on Wednesday. 5th place is still technically in play, so Flames over Canucks is the play here.
This will be the 5 biggest days in Bluejackets hockey history. 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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