Originally written on Anyone But Detroit  |  Last updated 5/5/14

ST. LOUIS, MO. - JANUARY 12: Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Bluejackets waits for a face-off against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on January 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

  • So obvious stuff first, what a way for Landeskog to get his first goal (even if he didn't shoot it in).  His line (with Factor and Winnik) has been the Avs most consistant line over the first three games by far.
  • This was the first game we saw Varly come with less than his best stuff.  I liked the way he battled through it and bottom line, he gave the Avs a chance to win.
  • Rick Nash was far and away the best player on the ice.  Good on him to stick with the club that drafted him, but its sort of a shame that his career is whithering away in Columbus - he'd be worshipped if he was in a market like Toronto or New York.
  • Nevermind the point shot on the Landy winner, Hejda did a great job in the 3rd of neuralizing Nash who otherwise would have probably took the game over.  
  • Columbus needs to figure out that Steve Mason is the next Andrew Raycroft.  (One stellar rookie year, otherwise career backup)
  • Erik Johnson was a total mess again - he looks like he has no confidence with the puck.  I'm very disappointed in the way he started the season - I really thought he'd come out this season with a better effort.
  • McClemment was also a total mess.  A complelely inexeucable turnover to Nash with a lazy one handed pass right in front of his own net in the 2nd to gift wrap Columbus' first goal.  Good thing they put that A on his sweater - it really sets an example for the young kids.
  • Special thanks to the manager at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Fargo, ND.  He listed to me when I explained that the Avs game was on 771 no matter what the guide and his sheet said.  Sorry for freaking out on you a little...  

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