Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gallos' Stifles a Rant on Game 14: Otttawa Senators

Three goals in three games.  Not enough to get it done kids.  Tonight the Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, the final margin being augmented by an empty net goal.  Simply put, when the Ottawa Senators snipers shot, they went top shelf corner.  When the CBJ snipers, and I use this term very loosely, shot, they either put it on the glass, in the netting and out of play, or in the goalie's chest.  Marion Gaborik was a non-entity tonight.  Two lousy shots in 19 minutes of ice time, the one beautiful chance he had, he put the goalie down, then held the puck for so long the defenseman recovered and blocked his shot on an empty net.  Pick up the phone Jarmo.  This isn't working. And for God's sake get Cam Atkinson off of his line right now! He's ruining the kid's game.  Cam played a north/south game last year on a bum ankle.  This year he's a confirmed east/west man.  I can't believe the stats say he had 3 shots.   I am here to say right now that the Cam at left wing experiment is a failure.  Pull the plug.

Oh, wait.  I'm stifling the rant.  Sorry.  <cough>

It's early in the year.  Lot's of games to played yet.  Sure we're squandering a home stand, and the team we face next, the Rangers, had a horrific start on a 9 game road trip, but has more points than we do.  No big deal.  Not time to hit the panic button yet.  He said through gritted teeth.

And another thing!  Whoever said RJ was any good at right wing?!  Theoretically, he can play center and right wing, if you are willing to tolerate abysmal, sub standard play.  If you want any production out of Umberger, you better play him at left wing.  So can we flip RJ and Cam, like, now?!

A couple of things I see that I really like.  While all of a sudden this year is threatening to head right into the tank, inch by inch, step by step, Ryan Johansen is turning into a dominant player.  The dude is just plain hard to stop right now.  A couple of times tonight I saw guys try to move him, and just get stuffed.  And one puck he just made a power move to the net, got a shot and a couple of whacks at the rebound.  He was a force tonight in a losing effort.  If he didn't have Roberto Duran Umberger (hands of stone) on his line, something might have happened.

The other is Ryan Murray.  The kid keeps getting better every game, and he is starting to shoot the puck with authority.  This is gonna come together for him.  Barring injury, he has a real good chance of being an excellent defenseman.  Yeah, Karlsson went wide on him, and put a laser in on McElhinney, top shelf corner. Some might call that a soft goal, I call it a heck of a shot that put Ottawa on the board.  And there was another goal on a broken play, then a man all alone in the slot that McElhinney had no chance on.  But he gets better every game.

I don't mind them getting zipped by the Pens so much.  That's a pretty good team.  Ottawa has a pretty good team too.  But it ain't getting any easier, and this is getting ready to spiral out of control, with a west coast road trip looming.  If they don't make hay while the sun shines in Nationwide over the next few games, it might get pretty gloomy on the 2013-14 season before Horton has a chance to affect it.

I'm not saying the season is over, but we are teetering on firming up a 'bad start', which must be recovered from.  It can happen.  But I wonder if it will.

Game Haiku:
Ottawa snipes goals
Jackets snipe defensive shins
Time to panic yet?

Ahhh, I'm just too frustrated after this game to think straight.  After 6 periods of scoreless hockey, and the one goal being scored on an off speed shot from his knees by RJ, I'm not seeing the firepower necessary to succeed in this league, much less the Eastern Conference.  Could be dark days ahead if they don't start scoring.



  1. Thank you, Gallos, for your insightful comments. Though this passionate fan's eyes, all I see are the results. And they are unacceptable so far this season. You point out some possible root causes. I hope they find their way to Management. On the plus side, RyJo and Ryan Murray have real potential. I am hoping that Murray's shoulder was not injured as a result of the hit that he sustained yesterday. Finally, I wish that Tim Erixson would be given another shot. He was a positive factor last year IMHO.

  2. Gallos, your analysis of the Atkinson-Umberger chemistry experiment is something I need to watch out for in days ahead. That totally slipped by me.

    I can't believe you found so much to write about with that game. For me, it was that McElhinney was nothing special (at least as compared to Bob), that Gaborik and Johansen both had a real nice shot each...and that Umberger had a goal, I guess. Past that, I saw a lot of blergh.

    I, too, am very frustrated. And yes, Jarmo needs to be working the phone.


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