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Game #14 CBJ vs. Edmonton

November 10, 2006

The Blue Jackets had a nice win last night, while the Edmonton Oilers rested up in their Columbus hotels.  So far this season the Blue Jackets have gone (1-2) on the second leg of back-to-back games.  Evening up that record and putting a two game win streak on the board tonight would be a big step in the right direction for the club. 

Blue Jackets: The team got the garbage goals last night, now it’s time to channel the confidence into an acceptable scoring rate.  I don’t really care if the puck squeaks through Manny Legace (who looked like Swiss cheese last night), or if every goal is destined for Sportscenter.  As long as we can put in a healthy number of goals per game, I’ll be satisfied.  Although the team is coming off a game last night, I’d expect the energy to be there.  Winning like they did last night, they should be hungry to go out and get some more.

Fritsche

The Jackets will need more scenes like this tonight (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

Oilers: I wish I knew what it was like to be able to complain about playing .500 hockey.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand the position of Oilers fans.  They were a few periods away from a Stanley Cup win last June, and now they’re struggling a bit.  I welcome the day when I can do this and it is justified.  Petr Sykora (9-9-18) has been the leading scorer for the Oilers so far this season, and Dwayne Roloson has garnered a 6-6-1 record with a 2.57 GAA.  The CBS Sportsline game preview says that Roloson is expected in net, while the Dispatch has reported that Jussi Markkanen will get the start.  While there is a difference in talent between the two, the goal for the Jackets in either case should be to get shots on net.  If the forward lines look as fluid and creative as they did at times last night, the Oilers defensemen will have their hands full.

Thoresen check

Anyone who can force Kirk Maltby to make that face is okay in my book (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hometown press

Out of town press

Neutral previews

Fearless EOB Prediction: The Blue Jackets put together their second “winning streak” of the season, sending the vaunted Oilers packing with a 3-1 score.

Thanks for stopping by the End of the Bench.  Have a great weekend.

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