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Game #10 CBJ vs. Colorado

November 1, 2006

The Avalanche make the first of their two visits to Nationwide Arena this evening (the other coming on November 17).  The Blue Jackets have been outscored by the Avalanche 81-26 since joining the NHL in 2000, going 1-16-1-1 in that span.  With the extreme dislike of the Red Wings in the EOB household, it’s hard to imagine that we’ve played worse against the Avs than the Wings.  Sad but true.  I’ll have to watch the game (if they play well) later as I’ll be attending the OSU/Findlay exhibition basketball game.  (I know, I’ve said repeatedly in this space that I don’t like basketball… but who can pass up courtside seats?)

Blue Jackets: As noted by Truth Serum in this post, it would be nice if the CBJ would shoot a little more.  Scoring more goals than the opposition is probably the best way I know to win games.  And as we all know, if you don’t shoot you can’t score.  The last power-play goal was scored on October 21st against Pittsburgh.  If this doesn’t change, the Jackets will not win.

Avalanche: Colorado (5-4-2) has been a classic middle of the road team so far this year, unable to put together more than two wins or losses in a row.  They have looked beatable at times (just ask Washington), and have looked very strong other nights (as seen against the Kings, Leafs, and Wild recently).  Look for the Avalanche to put together another strong effort against a struggling Blue Jackets squad.

Another goal against the Avs

Will we see any of this tonight?  Let’s get an opposing goalie a chiropractic appointment for once! (Photo by David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

Hometown press

Out of town press

Fearless EOB Prediction: The Blue Jackets will have a tough time winning with the status quo.  I think they get off the schnide with a power plan goal tonight, but Colorado should probably take this game with a 3-1 score.  Pascal will play decently, though not as well as he was this past weekend, and at least two of the three goals will prompt Jeff Rimer to exclaim that “there was nothing Pazzy could have done about that one.” 

Thanks for stopping by the End of the Bench.  And to those of you who’ve enjoyed the first two editions of the Dose of Reality I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from Truth Serum.  Thanks for your feedback.

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