Jackets must play "their game" against Detroit

Monday, 01.21.2013 / 1:30 PM
By Staci Pawlak - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Blue Jackets are riding a wave of momentum after winning their season opener on the road in Nashville, but head coach Todd Richards said they’ll need to be even better if they want to earn their second win of the season tonight in the home opener against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We don’t want to get too comfortable with ourselves. We haven’t proven anything yet,” Richards said after today’s morning skate.

“We still have a long way to go. (Saturday) was a great step. Tonight is a night where we have to take another step.”

The spirits during the morning skate today were lively, but the tone in the locker room afterwards was serious and businesslike. The Blue Jackets are very familiar with the winning tradition of the Red Wings, a tradition that was muted by a 6-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

In short, both teams have a lot to prove tonight.

“I know that they’ve been challenged over there, especially with the last game," James Wisniewski told BlueJackets.com. "That’s not the Detroit Red Wings that anybody knows of, so we know that they’re going to come out… ready to play tonight."

Wisniewski said the Blue Jackets need to play their game – no matter what – and that means staying responsible defensively while putting pressure on the Detroit forwards to take away their time and space to make a play.

Richards also stressed the importance of playing a tight defensive game. According to him, that isn’t just the responsibility of a few defensemen.

“We have to be committed as a group of five, try to force the game, force the puck to the walls,” he said.

Forward Derick Brassard knows the Red Wings will try to make a statement with tonight’s game, but said it’s more important for the Blue Jackets to focus on playing their game to the best of their ability.

“We’re going to be ready for their best," Brassard said. "We have a quick team, that’s what we need to use. I think the guys are pretty confident, especially after the last game. But the last game is in the past, we’re just gonna play hard."

“In a 48-game season, every game is going to be like that,” Wisniewski said about the expected intensity of tonight’s match-up. “There’s no time to get down in a losing streak. You have to come out ready to play and ready to win every single game.”

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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