"Show Me State" Means Show Hitch...

Tuesday, 01.08.2008 / 4:35 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

January 8

The Blue Jackets conclude their four game road trip here in St. Louis tonight. This is the show me state and the Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock is looking for his team to show "HIM" that they want to be a playoff team.

After today's morning skate Hitch held court with a group of us saying that the Blue Jackets have played reasonably well on the road but to win on the road they have be better, more competitive, grittier, and play more reckless if they want to be a playoff team. Playoff teams win consistently on the road and that is what they need to do to be playing on into April and May!

Freddie Norrena gets the start tonight in goal tonight while World Junior MVP and Gold Medal winning goaltender Steve Mason on emergency recall will back him up. Hitch continues to be impressed with the 19 year-old puck stopper saying that he is mature beyond his years!

Hitch also talked about the improved play of Sergei Fedorov saying how well number 91 had played Saturday in San Jose.

Tonight's game is the first of back to backs with the Blues... they will be at Nationwide to face the Blue Jackets Friday night and both these games as well as Saturday's home start against Nashville are all four-pointers!!!

Final lineup decisions won't be made until game time, but David Vyborny will be activated today and in the lineup tonight.

And of course Danny Gare and I are pleased that we can finally get back to work after sitting out the three West Coast starts!

 



*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 1/17/08 @Phoenix.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
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S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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