Game #17 CBJ vs. Avalanche

November 17, 2006

In between three games against the Predators, the schedule makers plopped the Avalanche in Columbus for a Friday night tilt.  Since bettering Columbus on November 1st, the Avalanche have a (1-5-0) record.  Even the Jackets haven’t been that bad in their last six, going (2-4-0).  Yeah, call me Jeff Rimer looking for the silver lining in the depths of hell.

Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets netted four even-strength goals in their last game.  The hot streak will have to continue tonight.  It would also be nice for the Jackets to net a power-play goal, and to not give up a short-handed marker as well.  Maybe Fedorov and Foote on the blueline isn’t such a good idea on the man-advantage?  Just saying.


Interim head coach Gary Agnew points out the opposing goal so the Blue Jackets know where to shoot.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Colorado: A team that some are considering already out of the playoffs (I’m not counting, yet), the Avalanche still have the tools to take it to the Jackets.  Did Peter Forsberg really mean that much to this team?  I expect a good effort from the Avs tonight, as they usually give against the CBJ. 

Hometown press

Out of town press

Neutral previews

Fearless EOB Prediction: The Jackets accomplish two firsts this evening.  They will beat Colorado in regulation for the first time in their history, and they will earn interim coach Gary Agnew his first NHL victory.  Columbus wins 3-2.

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