Blue Jackets-Blues: Columbus’ Slump Is Over—For a Night

December 1st, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Well, my luck ran out, as it relates to pre-game analysis. I predicted that St. Louis would win, 4-3, in either Overtime (OT) or a Shootout (SO).

Result? The Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ) won, 5-2, although the game was much closer than the final score indicated, as the CBJ netted two empty-net goals with less than one minute to play.

So, note to self: If the CBJ need to win, (I should) pick against them.

On to the post-game analysis (what went well, what went OK, and what was a downer):


The Good

* R.J. Umberger—'Nuff said. R.J. posted a hat trick—OK, one of those goals was an empty-net goal, but still, it was so great to see the ever-streaky Umberger get his goal-scoring game back on track. This guy is the heart and conscience of the team, so, as goes R.J., (hopefully) so go the CBJ.

* Kris Russell played an outstanding game, scoring a goal and logging a goal, an assist, a plus three (+/- rating), and a whopping 23:06 of Time On Ice (TOI). I believe K Russ is best served when he is leading the team on the break, when using his great puck-handling and skating speed out of the defens ...

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