All-Star Break... Will it defuse or infuse?

Sunday, 01.27.2008 / 9:25 AM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

January 27

For coaches and broadcasters, a couple of days away will help energize the body for the end of the season push. The mind, the inert energy and especially the voices will return to game like form.

The questions will thus arise, how will it have an effect on the players?

They finished the All-Star push with a six points out of a possible 10on their five-game road trip. They were playing a solid defensive game with outstanding goaltending and timely scoring. Will even a couple of days off help or hinder?

Rick Nash called the Between the Pipes radio show on Sunday morning and did not sound 100-percent. The good thing remains we do not play until Tuesday, and let us hope #61 is healthy.

For the remaining 31 games two things must be part of the winning equation. Solid defensive hockey starting in the net and continuing through all three zones is the primary part of success. Secondary scoring is the second… Nash and Zherdev have been constants in the scoring department and they need a cast of others to help assure solid team performances by adding more red lighters.

How about the skills competition at the All Star game?

It was refreshing to see the new format and with a year under its belt, it will prove to be fun to observe in the future. The graded shootout addition, like the slam dunk competition in basketball will grow in the future with the stars knowing what is now expected.

Chara and a slapshot of 103.1 mph was a highlight, but the enjoyment in the target shooting with Tomas Kaberle showing his skill, that was fun to watch. Rick Nash was relegated to the player-goalie shootout where he was denied.

Visit us on Tuesday January 29th as Gretzky and his Coyotes make their way across the country and set up shop in Columbus!

Stop by and see us!

 



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you update on all the behind the scenes action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets hit the road. The next road game is 1/31/08 @Nashville.

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  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

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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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