Game Day Blog: at Detroit

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 10:39 AM
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Game Day Blog: at Detroit


2:40 P.M.:
Left wing Ryan Russell talks about facing the Red Wings tonight, on Jackets TV:


2:30 P.M.:
Check out today's Game Breakdown on Jackets TV, featuring Bob McElligott and Bill Davidge:


2:15 P.M.:
Interim head coach Todd Richards on Jackets TV:

On what he expects at the start of tonight’s game, given the results of the last two games: “Our start is the same with how we’re going to approach every game. We want to start the same way, finish the same way and play hard for 60 minutes in between. None of that mindset changes now. Things might change throughout a game, but going in, that’s the mentality I want us to have.”

On tonight’s starting goaltender: “Mason will play tonight. He’s our No. 1 goalie right now, so he’s playing. It was a 3 o’clock game yesterday, and we took it out for the third period thinking he could get some rest and get ready for today.”

On Allen York’s performance in relief yesterday: “He was very good. I think Edmonton lost a little of the edge to their game…I think that was dictated by the score. I think we pushed a little harder in the third, but we put ourselves in a position where a team could sit back, and that’s not what we want.”

Asked if he had any conversations with Mason after yesterday’s game: “I didn’t have a conversation with him. There might be different situations where I’d have a conversation with either he or another player if it was a tough outing or (regarding) a decision I made in the game. I didn’t talk to him last night and I didn’t talk to him today, but I did let him know last night that he was going to play (tonight).”

On holding a lead against the Red Wings, who mounted a third-period comeback in their last meeting with the Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena: “That’s what good teams can do. This team knows how to win…they can burn you if you’re not ready to play. It’s blood in the water, and I’ve felt it in this building before and seen it before whether we’re playing at home or on the road. (The last meeting) was a great hockey game for most of the game. We gave up two soft goals, and that really deflated us as a group. But regardless of how goals are scored, that’s where we have to be mentally strong and stick to our game.”


1:15 P.M.:


12:15 P.M.:
Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the media this morning that he will use the same lineup against Columbus that defeated Carolina on Saturday. Detroit's come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes was also the first game back for Nicklas Lidstrom, who missed 11 games due to injury -- a stretch of hockey in which the Red Wings struggled in several areas of the game. They have just two wins in their last 10 games overall, but looked much sharper over the weekend.

Goaltenders Jimmy Howard (lower body, two games missed) and Joey MacDonald (back, four games missed) will not play tonight, and it seems likely that Ty Conklin will make a third consecutive start. The Red Wings are also without Patrick Eaves, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen and Darren Helm. Of that group, Franzen is considered the closest to a return and he skated with the team this morning.


12:00 P.M.:
Steve Mason was the first goalie off the ice after the morning skate, a strong indicator he will start between the pipes against the Red Wings tonight. He has played well against the Red Wings (and at Joe Louis Arena) during his career, posting a 7-9-2 overall record vs. Detroit with a 2.62 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

He has gone 9-6-1 his last 16 games after posting a 1-7-1 record with a 3.73 goals-against and .880 save percentage in the 10 games prior. Mason will be looking to rebound after yesterday's loss and regain the sharp form he displayed on Friday night vs. Carolina, making 39 saves in the Blue Jackets' 5-1 victory.


11:45 A.M.:
The Blue Jackets are currently on the ice for an optional morning skate at The Joe, after playing yesterday against the Edmonton Oilers in Columbus. Derek Dorsett, R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard are the three absences from today's skate, along with interim head coach Todd Richards. Assistant coaches Brad Berry, Dan Hinote and goaltending coach Ian Clark are running the session.

Both goaltenders (Steve Mason, Allen York) are skating, and we will get an update regarding tonight's starting goaltender once things have wrapped up on the ice.

Due to the optional skate, there are not formal line rushes but yesterday's combinations are not expected to be changed up. Here is the lineup from the Edmonton game:

Umberger-Brassard-Atkinson
Prospal-Letestu-Nash
Gillies-Johansen-Dorsett
Russell-Boyce-Boll

J. Johnson-Savard
Lebda-Moore
A. Johnson-Nikitin

Mason
York


10:48 A.M.:
Good morning from Joe Louis Arena! Jackets TV and BlueJackets.com made the 3-hour trip North for the 7:30 p.m. puck drop in the Motor City. Morning skate times flip flop on the road, so the CBJ will be on the ice shortly, but keep an eye on this blog for all the news and updates on the game, including lines, quotes and some pre-game videos.


Make sure to read today's edition of "GAME DAY," our exclusive preview breaking down the game vs. Detroit. Also, please utilize the commenting function below to give us feedback on what you would like to see in this blog, as we try to provide you the fans with the comprehensive look at a Blue Jackets GAME DAY.

Here is the link to GAME DAY.

In case you missed yesterday's action from Nationwide, a 6-3 loss to Edmonton, here are the post game highlights along with a summary of the day's events. Goals by Brassard, Letestu and Nash (penalty shot).

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