Notebook: Line 'em up, up, up (Oct. 1)

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

After Monday's practice, Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards hoped he would have the majority of his injured players back for today's skate.

The good news is that he did. Artem Anisimov was back, Nikita Nikitin as well, and Marian Gaborik returned from Slovakia where he was attending his grandmother's funeral. The lone absence today was Jared Boll, who skated on his own after the team practice and has yet to be ruled out for opening night.

You know what means, right? The Blue Jackets went through an hour-long practice and used a new set of line combinations, presumably some of the trios they hope to employ on opening night against Calgary. They worked on the power play - and really, few days have gone by without hammering away at it - and touched on a few more systematic things on their second day of a four-day practice week.

Because I can't keep you waiting any longer, here are those lines:

Jenner - Dubinsky - Gaborik

Letestu - Anisimov - Comeau

Calvert - Johansen - Atkinson

Umberger - MacKenzie - Foligno

Tyutin - Johnson

Murray - Wisniewski

Nikitin - Prout

Extras: Erixon, Savard

And some other notes, observations, ruminations...

- More good news for MacKenzie: he was skating "full go" today in practice and lost the non-contact sweater he was wearing on Monday. It sure looks as if he will be ready to go on Friday night.

- Some interesting line combinations used today, notably Johansen in between Calvert and Atkinson. Richards said earlier this week (and previously in camp) that he's looking for more offense from Johansen, and while he played well with Umberger and Foligno last season, he wants to see if he can spark Johansen with different line mates.

- The power play had some differing combinations, but the top two units were as follows: Calvert/Jenner - Dubinsky - Johansen with Letestu and Tyutin on the points. The presumably top unit featured Gaborik - Anisimov - Atkinson up front with Johnson and Wisniewski manning the point.

- Things can always change, but the current group of defensemen taking the regular rotations in practice appear to be the pairings in play for opening night. That would mean Erixon and Savard as the extras for Friday, but with a back-to-back this weekend, there's a chance one or both could rotate in.

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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