Jackets @ Blues - Pretty Much Hate 101

Mar 10, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Mark Letestu (17) face off during the third period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Tonite the Jackets venture into purgatory. They come as David and seek to destroy Goliath. There is absolutely no love between the two teams. It goes back farther than Ken Hitchcock moving his coaching abilities to St Louis. It goes farther back than the Nakitin/Russel trade.  It goes back further than the infamous RJ Umberger soccer incident.It pretty much goes back to Blue Jacket hockey year #1.

The Bues have always been the bully and the Jackets have many times felt their roughshod manners. hence the festering hate. There is little doubt that the Jackets would love to continue their win streak at the expense of the [currently] mighty Blues.  The Jackets will need to “bring it”. They should be high after last nights win.

Can they do it? Can the young David AKA “Sargent” York hurl the stone that smites the might Goliath? As they say, we will soon know. Expect Boll and Dorsett to have fights, Expect a lot of scrums.   As an Englishman would say…..”expect a bloody good game”


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