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Cannon Blasts : Don’t Count Us Out

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Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s Monday!

Which means not only is it Cannon Blasts day but it’s also the day we tape The Cannon Cast. Be sure to drop any questions you may have in the comments below.

Last week we discussed important things like our big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and the fact Ryan Murray might actually be important. Click here to listen to our super sweet pod. We’re also on itunes. So, click here to hear our sultry voices chat about hockey.

Earlier this week, we checked in on the new guys who joined the organization at trade deadline. Some are doing well. Some are meh.

The race to the 2019 playoffs is upon the Columbus Blue Jackets. Keep the faith and don’t count them out quite yet. We previewed some of the teams in our division to see what they needed to do to help us stay in the hunt.

Josh Anderson might not be the ultimate star power but he his a force to be reckoned with on the ice. He’s been able to help push the Jackets forward multiple times this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets

It was quite the busy week for the Blue Jackets.

Unfortunately, things did not start off on the good foot for the Jackets as they lost to the New York Islanders.

HOWEVER!!! The Blue Jackets scored SEVEN goals against the Boston Bruins on March 12th. Panarin fought someone AND BOONE JENNER HAD A HATTIE!! Holy Cow was it the game we all needed to see.

The winning kept coming when Officer Bobrovsky stood down the Carolina Hurricane and locked up a shutout.

But in true Jackets fashion, you can’t get too happy. On Saturday, the Bruins got their revenge with an overtime win. Brad Marchand with the game winner. sigh.

Cleveland Monsters

The Cleveland Monsters started and finished their week with some new faces. First they signed Derek Barach, former Mercyhurst Captain, and Greg Wolfe, Toledo Walleye forward, to 25-game PTOs. Garret Cockerill was recalled from the Reading Royals (ECHL) due to Adam Clendening being injured against the Belleville Senators. Finally, one of the prospects you’ve all been waiting for, Alexandre Texier made an appearance with the Monsters on Saturday against the Rockford IceHogs.

On Wednesday, the Monsters played the Milwaukee Admirals in a school day game. Fans at UW Milwaukee Panther Arena were pleased with the outcome as the Admirals skated away with the 2-1 win in regulation.

Kole Sherwood lifted the Monsters to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves on Friday, March 15th. He scored two, almost three, of their goals.

The Rockford IceHogs got the best of the Monsters in overtime on Saturday night.

Despite losing twice, the Monsters playoff hopes are still alive and living well. The Utica Comets and Bellevile Senators had a few missteps allowing the Monsters to creep up the leader board. They currently sit 5th in the North with 68 points. The Senators are hanging out in the last playoff spot with 72 points. Four points away from a playoff spot isn’t too bad.

They’re not dead yet.

Ohio Hockey News

The Toledo Walleye are still struggling to win on the road this season. This time it was a 2-1 loss against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Speaking of the Wings, Michael Houser led the Cincinnati Cyclones to a 3-0 win over the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night.

The Youngstown Phantoms hit the road and came up big with a weekend sweep. This allowed them to clinch a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs.

Ohio State Men’s Hockey were bounced by Penn State, 5-1, in the Big 10 tournament semifinal.

In a dramatic double overtime win, Bowling Green University is headed to the WCHA final.

Sports News Around Ohio

The Columbus Crew SC earned their first home win of the 2019 season with a massive shutout over FC Dallas.

The Cincinnati Bengals say they are going to sign quarterback Andy Dalton during free agency. Yet, their actions don’t really match up to what they’ve said.

In news we never thought we’d hear before, television networks are fighting over the opportunity to showcase, wait for it, THE CLEVELAND BROWNS!

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Dallas Mavericks due to not defending much. Don’t worry Cavs, Lebron doesn’t know how to defend either.

The MLB will institute a new rule in 2020 requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters. Let’s Go Tribe discusses how this rule might not affect the Cleveland Indians that much.

Sonny Gray is already looking like an Opening Day starter for the Cincinnati Reds.