Much (Knee)ded Rest

January 24th,2009

Saturday, 01.24.2009 / 8:57 AM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

January 24

While Rick Nash and Stinger are entertaining the fans in Montreal and the rest of the players are with family or the single players are basking in the warm weather somewhere south, I rest comfortably in Dublin Methodist with a "new knee." It is certainly a bear getting old when things begin to deteriorate in the body. This is my third surgery since July and hope it is that last for a while!! So just like the CBJ are in the playoff race, I am hanging in there right there with them.

The road trip to the western reaches of Canada was like my surgery. You knew what was going to be in store during the procedure, but you weren’t quite sure how it would turn out. Vancouver was a game that showed the emotional highs and lows, but the 6-5 shootout win was leaving everyone giddy, just like the drug induced inter-venous I took prior to surgery. The Edmonton game was a real pain in the "you know what" as Edmonton scored two late goals to dismantle the high flying Jackets. The pain was extruciating to the mindset and the psyche of the team, especially when 2 cogs of the wheel that run the squad were left for wounded. (Peca and Huselius would be lost for the back to back game with Calgary) That really hurt….much like the way I felt all day Friday with tubes running everywhere from my knee, to my mouth and parts unknown.

The Calgary game was like my future rehab. Up one day/goal give one away… up one day/goal give one away… this continued four times in the contest only to leave the building saying we gave one away when we deserved better. The team battled hard and walked away wounded and holding their head high losing a heart-breaker 5-4 in a shootout.

But the break comes at a good time for the CBJ as well as me. We get a chance to heal and prepare mentally for the scheduled second half run for a playoff berth. No baby steps, but the plan is to make strides in a consistent manner. The straighter the line the better we are all going to be. The goal will be for the both of us, one foot in front of the other with hopefully very few distractions on the way.

Stay tuned!!



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings." The Columbus Blue Jackets radio and television analysts will try to keep you updated on all the season action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets are on the road.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
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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 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
 
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S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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