GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets at Blackhawks

Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 7:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


8:35 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Andrew Shaw scored the game's only goal with 1:27 left in the second period, and that's where we stand after 40 minutes at the United Center. Shots on goal favor Chicago (21-20) but the Blue Jackets have had some chances of their own. Steve Mason has been the story of the game, already with three big-time stops on Marian Hossa and a handful of others as the Blackhawks swarmed on the power play. Shaw's goal, which was scored just after matching minors to Jared Boll and Michal Roszival expired, came with the Blue Jackets on a lengthy shift inside their own end. At even strength, the Blue Jackets have done exceptional work on the Blackhawks' top players and they haven't had much going off the rush. That will need to continue if the Blue Jackets are going to tie this thing up - and hopefully take the lead - in the third period.


7:40 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A solid road period for the Blue Jackets, who did some of their best work on the penalty kill. The Blackhawks' power play was 13th in the league coming into tonight's game, but the Blue Jackets kept them off the board (and for the most part, out of the offensive zone) on both opportunities. Shots on goal checked in at seven per team in the opening 20 minutes, and the Blue Jackets probably had two of the better scoring chances. The Brassard line was good in the first and created some offense off the rush, and the power play had a few looks as well. As this game goes on, you get the sense that special teams will become a factor because of how aggressive both teams like to play.


LET'S GET IT STARTED: Here we go! We're about set for puck drop between the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks from the United Center in Chicago.

Here's tonight's Blue Jackets lineup:

Umberger - Brassard - Atkinson
Calvert - Johansen - Foligno
Prospal - Drazenovic - Dorsett
Letestu - MacKenzie - Boll

Tyutin - Nikitin
Moore - Wisniewski
Erixon - Aucoin

Mason

SCHEDULE

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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 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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