A nice win for the Blue Jackets last night in Dallas. All of the CBJ goals came on special teams, including a short-handed beauty by Kristian Huselius in the first period with less than one second on the clock. Juice’s goal should shut the commenters up on some of the local blogs, although this morning they are rightfully pissed off about the James Neal hit on Derek Dorsett. I won’t post the video, but it is all over the web if you want to watch. Neal was given a five and game and will probably face a hearing and more discipline. The play will add to the criticism that NHL officiating has been getting lately, adding on to the number of issues facing the game. I joked last week about Rick Nash doing a D League move on his shootout goal, but Neal copied a D (or E) League move with his hit from behind. So we’ll see what happens, but I care more about Dorsett recovering than I do Neal getting a suspension.
I suppose we can look forward to Tom Sestito having a busy night in Nashville. I say that without sarcasm, because the Predators (and Jordan Tootoo) play a lot tougher at home than they do on the road. The PIM’s in the first period could be high on Saturday. Opposing teams now think the Jackets are soft without Nikita Filatov in the lineup.