Monday, February 4, 2013

Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule Feb 4 - 10

Columbus Blue Jackets Summary
Current Rank:  13th Western Conference / 5th Central Division
Current Record:  3-5-1 (7 pts)
Home Record:  2-2-1
Away Record:  1-3-0

This week of games will all be played at Nationwide Arena.  It is part of a 6 game home stand with games from January 31 to February 11.

Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule
February 4- February 10. All times EST.
All information was correct at the time of publishing.
Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, February 5
Los Angeles' Current Rank:  14th Western Conference / 5th Pacific Division
Los Angeles' Current Record:  2-3-2 (6 pts)
Los Angeles' Away Record:  1-2-1
Blue Jackets' Record vs. Kings This Season: 0-0-0
Blue Jackets' Record Last Season vs. Kings:  2-2-0
Last Game vs. Blue Jackets: This will be the first game against the Kings this season.

The Kings are the current Stanley Cup Champions.

Calgary Flames at Columbus Blue Jackets
Thursday, February 7
Calgary's Current Rank: 15th Western Conference / 5th Northwest Division
Calgary's Current Record: 1-3-2 (4 pts)
Calgary's Away Record:  0-0-1
Blue Jackets' Record vs. Flames This Season: 0-0-0
Blue Jackets' Record Last Season vs. Flames: 3-0-1
Blue Jacket's Last Game vs. Flames: This will be the first game against the Flames this season.

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets
Sunday, February 10
Edmonton's Current Rank: 7th West Conference / 2nd NW Divison
Edmonton's Current Record:  4-3-1 (9 pts)
Edmonton's Away Record:  2-2-1
Blue Jackets' Record vs. Oilers This Season: 0-0-0
Blue Jackets' Record Last Season vs. Oilers: 1-3-0
Blue Jackets' Last Game vs. Oilers: This will be the first game against the Oilers this season.

The Blue Jackets will wear their cannon third jerseys this game.

Winnipeg Jets Schedule Feb 4 - 10

Winnipeg Jets Summary

Current Rank:  10th in the Eastern Conference / 2nd in Southeast Division
Current Record:  3-4-1 (7pts)
Home Record:  2-1-0
Away Record:  1-3-1


Winnipeg Jets Schedule
February 3 - February 10. All times EST.
All information was correct at the time of publishing.

Florida Panthers at Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, February 5

Florida's Current Rank:  13th Eastern Conference / 4th Southeast Division
Florida's Current Record:  3-5-0 (6 pts)
Florida's Away Record: 1-3-0
Jets' Record vs. Panthers This Season:  0-1-0
Jets' Record Last Season vs. Panthers:  3-2-1
Jets' Last Game vs. Panthers:  Panthers 6, Jets 3 at Florida

Toronto Maple Leafs at  Winnipeg Jets
Thursday, February 7

Toronto's Current Rank:  8th Eastern Conference / 4th Northeast Division
Toronto's Current Record: 4-4-0 (8 pts)
Toronto's Away Record: 3-1-0
Jets' Record vs. Maple Leafs This Season: 0-0-0
Jets' Record Last Season vs. Maple Leafs:  2-2-1
Jets' Last Game vs. Maple Leafs: This will be the first game against the Maple Leafs this season.
Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators
Saturday, February 9

Ottawa's Current Rank: 6th Eastern Conference /3rd Northeast Division
Ottawa's Current Record: 5-3-1 (11 pts)
Ottawa's Home Record: 3-0-1
Jets' Record vs. Senators This Season: 0-0-0
Jet's Record Last Season vs. Senators: 1-3-0
Jets' Last Game vs. Senators:  4-1 loss in Winnipeg
The Senators are scheduled to wear their third jerseys this game.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I have been out of town recently, so there has been a lack of updates.  My apologies.  I will update as soon as possible.  Look for calendars for the upcoming Jets and Blue Jackets games.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Analysis of Columbus No Goal: Bad Call, and Chicago Wins

The Chicago Blackhawks remain undefeated, and the Referee made the wrong call.

Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Let's go the video with 7:25 to go in the second period.  The Jackets are on the powerplay and down by one.

Referee Dan O'Rourke was wrong.  And here's why...

First things first.  This possible goal was NOT subject to video review.  Video review only reviews factual matters. 

Rule 38.4 - Situations Subject to Video Review -

The following situations are subject to review by the Video Goal Judge:
(i) Puck crossing the goal line.
(ii) Puck in the net prior to the goal frame being dislodged
(iii) Puck in the net prior to, or after expiration of time at the end of the period
(iv)  Puck directed or batted into the net by a hand or foot or deliberately batted with any part of the attacking player's body. ...
(v) Puck deflected into the net off an Official
(vi) Puck struck with a high-stick...
(vii) To establish the correct time on the official game clock...
(viii) Establishing "good hockey goals", For example, but not limited to puck going through the mesh...

Again, none of these are matter of opinion questions.  Sure, there is some debate over where a puck might be, so did it cross the line?  But the base is simple, not opinion.  For example, the puck entering the net after the referee deciding the play is dead, even before he blows his whistle.  A puck entering the net before or after a whistle is NOT subject to review.  This goes back to Rule 31.

Rule 31.2 Disputes

"...As there is a human factor involved in blowing the whistle to stop play, the Referee may deem the play to be stopped slightly propr to the whistle actually being blown.  The fact htat the puck may come loose or cross the goal line prior to the sound of the whistle has no bearing if the Referee has ruled the play has been stopped prior to this happening."

So, what happened in Columbus?  The puck clearly entered the net. 

It was disallowed under Rule 78.5 (v). 

"Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee and the appropriate announcement made by the Public Address Announcer for the following reasons:

"...When an attacking player has interfered with a goalkeeper in his goal crease."

This rule alone does not specify what "interference" is.  Luckily, there is a seperate, lengthy explanation elsewhere.  First, interference on a goaltender is specifically the call of the on-ice official and NOT, by Rule 69.1, subject to video review.  So let's dive into the contact inside the crease.

Rule 69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease.

"[1] If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. 

"[2] If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. 

"[3] If, after any contact by a goalkeeper who is attempting to establish position in his goal crease, the attacking player does not immediately vacate his current position in the goal crease (i.e. give ground to the goalkeeper), and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. In all such cases, whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a minor penalty for goalkeeper interference.

"[4] If an attacking player establishes a significant position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper’s vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.

"[5] For this purpose, a player “establishes a significant position within the crease” when, in the Referee’s judgment, his body, or a substantial portion thereof, is within the goal crease for more than an instantaneous period of time."

So, what's fact and what's fiction?  We've got five paragraphs to look at.  First, neither #18 RJ Umberger or #71 Nick Foligno of Columbus established a significant position within the goal crease, so let's ignore the last two paragraphs.

There WAS contact (dispite the announcers saying there wasn't) by Foligno and the Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.  It is best seen in the overhead, happening at the 47 second mark in the video.  But it was Crawford initiating the contact, not Foligno.  So throw out the first paragraph.
Let's glance at the third.  Foligno immediately vacated the area, so there is no penalty.

The legitimacy of this goal comes in the second paragraph.  Crawford was trying to establish position within in crease.  He was moving from right to left.  Foligno was clearly in the goal crease.  The shot was made on Crawford's glove side.  He was able to fully extend his pads.  He was able to put the glove in a better position.  He was able to defend the goal, even though there was contact inside the crease. 

According to the second paragraph in Rule 69.3, a goal shall be disallowed only if a a goalkeeper iniates contact with his goal crease AND this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal.  Since Crawford was fully able to defend his goal dispite contact with Foligno inside his goal crease, I would argue the goal should have been allowed.

Bottom line:  Did Crawford protest the goal?  Goalies protest all the time.  They only go for the water bottle when they know they have been defeated.  What did Crawford do?  Water bottle.

This was a bad no goal call.  And that's not my just my opinion as a Columbus fan:  I read the rules.

Anyway, the no-goal kept Columbus down by one.  Chicago would add another before a late third period goal by Jacket Artem Anisimov signalled a possible comeback.  Alas, it wouldn't happen.

Major props to the Jackets for not just rolling over, dispite being down by Blackhawk goals and a bad call.  They fought.  These guys are fighters.  Especially Jared Boll who got whistled for a fight and unsportsmanlike conduct soon after the no-goal in the third.
The Blue Jackets will play the Dallas Stars in Columbus on Monday night.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Jets Top Pens, Deny Crosby Hat Trick

A two goal first period for Sidney Crosby left the Jets in a hole heading into intermission.  But the Jets would come out of the locker room flying.

Jets 4, Pittsburgh 2

The always sold out MTS Centre got its first look at Sidney Crosby who did not play last season in Winnipeg due to injury.  And Sid the Kid lived up to the hype.  He put the Pittsburgh Penguins up by two scores.  The first came a little over 4 minutes on a slapshot while the second was past the 14:00 mark on the backhand.  It certainly seemed like the Pens were on their way to a victory and a Crosby hat trick.
Goalie Tomas Vokoun was acquired to upgrade the Penguins’situation with long time netminder Marc-Andre Fleury.  This was Vokoun's second start this year.  He shutdown several Winnipeg attempts to sustain offensive pressure in the first period. 

But something Winnipeg Coach Claude Noel said in the lockerroom must have sparked the team because they came out hard and fast.  Evander Kane got the ball rolling with a wrister at 1:10 in the second followed by a Dustin Byfuglien powerplay goal at 13:35, tieing the game.  It was Jets' Captain Andrew Ladd that scored the game winner four and a half minutes later.  An empty net goal just with just 65 seconds left off the stick of Blake Wheeler sealed the first home win for the Jets this year and the second of the season.

Ondrej Pavelec did not let the two goals scored on him in the first phase him.  He responded  under heavy Pittsburgh pressure in the second period’s first eight minutes brilliantly. Pavelec made three point-blank stops on Evgeni Malkin.  Malkin, historically, destroys the Jets.  In thre games last season between the two clubs, he scored three goals and had eight assists.  In all, Pav's had 33 saves.

Both clubs were extrodinarily disciplined tonight.  Winnipeg only committed one penalty (an Olli Jokinen hooking call in the second) and Pittsburgh was only whistled twice.  It just so happens that it was Malkin sent to the box for a hook that allowed the game-tieing powerplay goal.

The Jets will back in action on Sunday as they host the New York Islanders.