Reflections... First Ten and Last Ten

Sunday, 12.27.2009 / 10:25 PM / Blogs
By Bill Davidge  - Television Color Analyst

December 27

FS Ohio will not broadcast from NWA Monday against the Detroit Red Wings. This game is in the VERSUS window and will be covered nationally. Taking a night off from the booth will not be fun. It is better to be involved than to sit and be a casual observer. Prior planning has preparations for the back-to-back games with Detroit and New York Islanders.

The Islanders just lost a tough 2-1 game, their 13th consecutive loss to Philadelphia. They have been playing some better hockey as of late. In listening to the broadcast, they are finding scoring to be somewhat of chore. Does that sound familiar? This will be a game of two teams looking to better their record and try to claw themselves back into the playoff picture, when the CBJ invade Long Island.

On another note of interest, the CBJ were 6-4 in the first ten games. On October 25th, in looking at the three keys to that game vs. the LA Kings, it read something like this:
  1. Compete in the hard areas - along the wall and in front of the net
  2. Speed through the neutral zone, whether it is through puck movement or by wheeling
  3. Need for a goaltender to win a hockey game

In the past 11 games the record is 0-8-3. The keys in Saturday's game vs. Detroit were as follows:
  1. Hungry in hard areas, to score to defend
  2. Worry about our game and forget about the opponent
  3. We Are Thee philosophy... it will take all 23 players plus coaches tonight

The point is this... when the team began to falter early; the simple message sent is the same as it is today. It boils down to having more guys chipping in and paying their collective dues to win a game. One addition to the lineup will be the grit of Alexandre Picard. The question mark remains... who will take a seat.

A spirited work out Sunday was classical teaching and talking by the Hitch and his staff. Vermette and Huselius were both exchanging ideas in a productive manner, before and after the hour long tune up!

Come see the game. It is an All You Can Eat night... I think Wings are on the menu!!

Stay tuned!!



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Bobby Mac's Blog," "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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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
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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