Prediction Time: Next 7

Here is how I did on the last 13 games: P= Predicted, A=Actual

Vancouver – P: W – A:L

Detroit –P: W – A: W

NY Rangers – P: W – A:L

Toronto – P: L – A: W

Pittsburgh – P: W – A: W

Nashville – P: L – A: L

Islanders – P: W – A: W

@Rangers – P: L – A: W

@Montreal – P: L – A: OTL

Minnesota – P: W – A: W

@Ottawa – P: OTL – A: L

@New Jersey – P: W – A: W

New Jersey – P:W – A: W

Predicted: 9-3-1  – – Actual: 8-4-1

Not bad if you ask me. For this round of predictions, I am only doing the next 7 games so that my final regular season prediction (we are going to the playoffs baby!) is the last 10 games. Let’s chase that President’s Cup.

Buffalo – The Sabres have dropped their last three. We are at home, Bob is in goal, this one’s not close. Jackets win.

@Buffalo – The Sabres have dropped their last four. We are away, Korpi is in goal, this one is closer, Jackets still win in the home/away back to back series.

@Philadelphia – We beat them in OT the last time we faced them, beat them in regulation this time. Jackets win.

Florida – We are 0-2 against the Panthers this season. I don’t think we get up for this one either. Lose a snoozer at home.

NY Islanders – Islanders are trying to keep Toronto at bay for the wild card. We are 2-1 against them, beating them 6-2, 7-0, and losing 4-2 at their place. Florida loss wakes us up, Jackets win 5-2.

@New Jersey – We just beat New Jersey in two of the most boring games of the season. We do it again in New Jersey.

Toronto – Another team fighting to get into the playoffs in that wild card spot. This one is close for two and Jackets pull away. We are getting into playoff form.

Predicted record: 6-1-0

Let’s Go Jackets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prediction Time: Predicting the next 13 with 30 games to go

Current CBJ Record:  34-13-5 (73 points), 2nd in Metro

How we did in the last 13: Not Good. Predicted 10-2-1  Actual – 6-6-1

Game by game recap:

@ Carolina – Prediction – W    Actual – L 3-5

@Tampa Bay – Prediction – W    Actual – W 3-1

@Florida – Prediction – L    Actual – L 3-4

Carolina – Prediction – W    Actual – W 4-1

Ottawa – Prediction – W    Actual – L 0-2

Carolina – Prediction – W    Actual – W 3-2

@Ottawa – Prediction – L    Actual – W 7-6 OT

@New York Islanders – Prediction – W    Actual – L 2-4

@Nashville – Prediction – W    Actual – L 3-4

@ New York Rangers – Prediction – W    Actual – W 6-4

@ Pittsburgh – Prediction – L    Actual – OTL 3-4

New Jersey – Prediction – W    Actual – L 1-5

@Detroit – Prediction – W Actual – W 3-2 OT

Not so hot in the last thirteen, so on to the next 13! I do not think the CBJ we have seen over the course of the last 13 games is the team we will see going forward. If this was our “dip” I will take it. We have really missed Savard the last few contests.

The next thirteen games features 7 straight home games (defend NWA), 6 metropolitan division games, and only one back to back. It appears we are currently tracking to play Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs as long as we can hold off the New York Rangers in the metro standings. The trade deadline will also pass during this thirteen (3/1) and I have to believe some type of move is made, even a small one, to help improve the lineup for our playoff run.

On to the predictions!:

Vancouver – They have looked really soft in the two games I have watched. Jackets win at home, get the home stand started right

Detroit – After the way our last game in the Joe went, this is going to be must see TV. Really chippy physical game. Jackets win with Korpisalo in goal.

NY Rangers – The rangers are perpetually the team we give up bunches of goals to in short durations of time. Close game, Jackets win.

Toronto – Trap game. Toronto has great young talent and this game is squeezed between two metro opponents. Jackets lose in OT.

Pittsburgh – We are feeling good being home this long, win in front of a rowdy nationwide Friday night crowd.

Nashville – The team is already one foot on the five day break, drop a second game to Nashville.

Islanders – Last game in our 7 game home stretch. Jackets win holding Tavares without a point.

@Rangers – Rangers look to gain on the CBJ in the standings, Rangers win in Madison Square Garden

@Montreal – Price finally plays against the Jackets, Habs fans want blood after dropping two games to the Jackets earlier in the season. Jackets lose second in a row.

Minnesota – No streak on the line in this game. Bob and Dubnyk put on a show, maybe each team has some trade deadline additions? Jackets win 2-1 at home.

@Ottawa – Korpisalo looks to make up for the 6 goals he gave up against Ottawa on the last trip. Jackets win in OT.

@New Jersey – We remember the 5-1 thumping we took at home. Repay the favor, Jackets win

New Jersey – We remember the 5-1 thumping we took at home. Repay the favor, Jackets beat New Jersey for the second time in under a week.

Prediction for next 13: 9-3-1.

After this 13 game stretch, only 17 games remain before the playoffs!

Let’s Go Jackets!

Cannonball: Preview of the Predators

Tomorrow the Jackets travel to music city to visit Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators (6-3-1 in last 10). The Jackets have hit a bit of a skid as of late (5-5-0 in last 10) and have not looked good even in the games we have won as of late. With all-star weekend providing a much needed break to most of the team (except for Jones, Bobrovsky, and hopefully Atkinson now that Malkin is out) which may be just what they need. Not to sound like a grade school coach, but it just doesn’t look like they are having much fun out there right now.

The last three meetings between the Predators and Jackets have not been all that exciting with Nashville taking two out of three games played and all three were won by four goals. Both teams enter this game with a new marquee defender on the roster Nashville via trade (Weber for Subban) and the Jackets via draft (Werenski) and both enter Thursday sporting injuries on defense (Josi for NSH, Savard and Nutivaara for CBJ – Savard may be available).

Here is a quick team stats comparison:

Offense Ranking:   CBJ: 3rd  NSH: 12th

Defense Ranking: CBJ: 4th  NSH: 10th

Power play ranking: CBJ: 1st  NSH: 16th

Penalty Kill Ranking: CBJ: 8th  NSH:10th

Goals per Game AVG: CBJ: 3.30  NSH: 2.75

Goals Against AVG: CBJ: 2.32  NSH: 2.52

PIM per Game: CBJ: 9.1  NSH: 9.8

Shot Differential per Game: CBJ: .32  NSH: .92

Player Highlight:

For the CBJ Cam Atkinson just keeps scoring goals (second in the NHL only to some guy named Crosby) and has done so in the last two games even with being taken off the NHL’s #1 power play unit.

For NSH while former Jacket Ryan Johansen leads the club in points (36), Filip Forsberg has been coming on over the course of the last 15 days after a tumultuous start to the season. He is currently 15-17-32 with a -4 +/-.

Game Insight:

The current question is who will start in goal for the CBJ? Korpisalo has not been strong in his last full showing giving up six in a win against Ottawa (though he did stop the bleeding against NYI once Bobrovsky was pulled after giving up four), and Bobrovsky is coming off a game in which he was pulled (his third this season, Boston, Washington, New York Islanders). Bobrovsky has been the winning goalie in each start following being pulled thus far this season. With Bob’s selection as an all-star, I have to believe he starts against Nashville and then sits against the Rangers immediately following the all-star break. If Bob is in, we most likely win – rhyme optional.

Our vets have to get going. Brandon Saad is on a cold streak that has to end (right?), Dubinsky has been strong in the faceoff circle but only possesses a 7.7% shooting percentage, and Boone Jenner has been invisible for the majority of games this season. On the young guy side of the roster, no one has emerged as dependable in the faceoff circle with both Karlsson (44.8% face off wins) and Wennberg (46% face off wins) continuing to struggle. Luckily, the predators face a similar issue with their 3rd and 4th line guys struggling to get the puck off the dot too (Ribeiro 41.2% and Sisson 48.9%).

For me, this game is less about the Predators and more about the Blue Jackets getting back to better play. Our ten game record does not accurately reflect how poorly we have been defending or that we have gone back to primarily dumpling and chasing rather than possessing into the offensive zone. This involves playing more than one period per game well. We will be a playoff team this year and we have to start gearing up for that level of play.

Worthless stat:

So far this season, Nashville wins 65% of its home games and Columbus wins 65% of its away games

Interesting stat:

The Blue Jackets currently have ZERO players that have played in 10 games or more with a negative +/-. Even lifting the 10 game criteria only two are negative (Milano -1, 2 GP and Bjorkstrand -1, 5GP).

Let’s Go Jackets!