Found November 04, 2011 on Puck Drunk Love:
To say that being an NHL goaltender is a difficult job is one of the biggest understatements one can make. In the past 20 years 336 men have tackled that job, only 127 of those players passed the 100 game threshold, and 111 of those goaltenders never passed 10 games. The man who is currently 98th in games played by a goaltender in the past twenty years is Steve Mason. As a Leafs fan it gives me a perverse pleasure to mock another teams goaltending situation, and the Senators have given me plenty to work with over the years, but after watching Mason get pulled in the middle of the second period last night against the Leafs it has become clear that Columbus may have the most impossible goaltending situation in the league. Most of us have statistically watched Steve Mason slide over the past few years, but last night was one of those rare times I actually witnessed his suckitude live. Mason is a goaltender playing without confidence. He's playing way too far back in his ne...

Struggling Mason to return to Columbus net Saturday

The Columbus Blue Jackets are giving struggling netminder Steve Mason another chance.Mason will get the start Saturday as the Blue Jackets face the Flyers in Philadelphia. Columbus comes into the game saddled with the NHL's worst record at 2-10-1.Mason, 23, has been a big reason for the club's slide to the league basement. After winning the Calder Trophy in 2009, Mason has...

Steve Mason Springs Leaks, Bleeds Goals

It’s official: Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason is broken beyond repair, at least at the NHL level. He needs a lengthy rehabilitative stint in the AHL to relocate his game.During the last two seasons his goals-against average soared from 2.29 to 3.05 and 3.03. He was 24-21-7 with a .901 save percentage last year. This year has gotten even worse; his GAA is 3.36 and his save...

Changes Afoot In Columbus?

Is the hammer ready to fall in Columbus? Is Ken Hitchcock ready to make his Blue Jackets coaching return, in place of the overmatched Scott Arniel?Is Nashville assistant GM Paul Fenton ready to replace Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson?The Blue Jackets are in the midst of a 5-22-8 slide, dating back to last season. Hitchcock is still cashing checks from the franchise from...

Blue Jackets' Carter won't be ready to face Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter will not play against his former team this weekend. Carter suffered a broken foot while blocking a shot against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15. The 26-year-old Carter admitted to the Columbus Dispatch that he is simply not ready to return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. "I haven't even skated since...

Embattled Blue Jackets coach on ‘hitting another big bottom’

If Scott Arniel keeps his job beyond Saturday night's 9-2 evisceration of his Columbus Blue Jackets by the Philadelphia Flyers, it's either an act of sadism or the ultimate acknowledgement that sacrificing the coach is a perfunctory act in a hopeless season. Here's Arniel after the loss to the Flyers, via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, when asked about his...

Blue Jackets call up Cam Atkinson

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets, stuck with the NHL's worst record, are leaning more on their young...

Fly-by: Flyers 9, Blue Jackets 2

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Blue Jackets FINAL 2 - 9 Flyers FINAL 1 2 3 T ...

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-10-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-2), 7 p.m. (ET)

Tonight was supposed to mark Jeff Carter's first game back in Philadelphia, but instead the winger will miss a ninth straight tilt as his Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Ken Beckett: Maple Leafs Game Day - Game 13: Leafs vs. Blue Jackets

Coming off a win in which Joffrey Lupul scored his third career regular season hat trick, the Toronto Maple Leafs make a rare visit to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this season. Last year the Blue Jackets came away with a 3-2 victory at the Air Canada Centre on Dec. 30, 2010. The Leafs won their last game in Columbus...

Blue Jackets-Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are happy they won't be seeing Jeff Carter go up against them with the Columbus Blue Jackets. They would probably like to see James van Riemsdyk and Matt Read return to action, however. The Flyers could get those wingers back Saturday night when they try to hand the lowly Blue Jackets a 12th straight road loss. Carter will miss his ninth straight game...

Leafs Close Out Back-To-Back

MAPLE LEAFS (8-3-1) at BLUE JACKETS (2-9-1) TV: SNET-Ontario, FS-Ohio (HD) Last 10: Toronto 6-3-1; Columbus 2-7-1. Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Dec. 30, 2010, when Columbus earne...
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