Games between these two teams are always tight checking, but there could be some fireworks. Speaking of fireworks, how great would it be to get Dorsett back on the ice? Both teams allow more than 3 goals per game, although the Jackets have really tightened up the goals against in the last few weeks.
If the game comes down to a track meet - which hopefully it won't - I like the Jackets chances nonetheless. They have more firepower and are quickly regaining a scoring touch. Chris Mason is a pretty decent netminder (.908/ 2.65) , and he has the benefit of a dependable defensive corps in front of him - although I was surprised to see that Brewer is -15. Ouch. Kariya is due back tonight for the Blues and he will do nothing but help the team. However, Garon has been rock solid and the d-men are supporting him with smart checking and shot blocking. Speaking of the d-men, who would you replace when Russell comes back from injury? I really like the way Jurcina has been playing and with his heavy right-handed shot, he may open up some space on the bench for Stralman. We'll table that discussion for later.
The last three games have provided a great lesson in how the Jackets need to play to win -- we'll get a better idea tonight if they can sustain it.