The Blues are on the road again with the destination being Columbus, OH. The Blues roll into Nationwide Arena with a record of 12-8-2, while the Blue Jackets carry the worst record in the league of 6-13-3. How will Coach Hitchcock use his prior experience with the Jackets to his advantage in this first of six meetings between the two teams? Well, to be honest, I don’t think he will. It’s not like he was just fired by Columbus. It’s been almost two years(February 2010) and a lot of changes have been made. Every coach has their own style of play, so he can’t expect to see what he taught in his tenure there. Nonetheless, a win on the road against this team will put a smile on his face. Don’t expect that victory to come easily, though. While Columbus is the worst team in the league overall, look at their results as of late. It seems as if they’re trying to turn their season around, as they have gotten 10 out of a possible 14 points in the past 7 games. Maybe this team is finally starting to mesh together after the offseason acquisitions such as Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski . And don’t forget “backup” goaltender Curtis Sanford, who is 3-0-2 in his 5 starts between the pipes.
Well, enough talking about the Blue Jackets. Yeah, they’re doing pretty good as of late, but do you know who’s doing even better? That would be the St. Louis Blues and we have Coach Hitchcock to thank(Just had to rub it in a bit Columbus). On Friday, the Blues extended their record to 6-1-2 since replacing Davis Payne. This comes with the talent and hard work of players such as Alex Steen, David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo, and recent eye-opener, Brian Elliott. It’s amazing what these players, along with the rest of the team, have been able to accomplish lately. It’s possible Halak will get a chance tonight on the road to show what he’s got. It’s surely disappointing to see how this season has gone so far for him. I’m sure a 3-7-2 record isn’t quite what he hand in mind. I think this may be the perfect opportunity for him to get the call and see how it goes. So will the Blues give Halak a chance or stick with the red-hot Elliott? I suppose we’ll find out tonight.
After tonight’s game, the Blues have two more road games(Washington & Colorado) before they start a five-gave home stretch. For more on tonight’s game visit Columbus’ Fansided network over at Fire That Cannon.