Keep Hope Alive

Friday, 01.29.2010 / 9:08 AM / Bobby Mac's Blog
By Bob McElligott  - Blue Jackets Broadcaster

January 29

Most of the ten years I spent in Syracuse, the schedule was set up much like the Blue Jackets is this year. A ton of road games in the early part of the season and the bulk of the home games in February, March and April. The key is to get the road wins early in the year and then coast into the playoffs, but sometimes things don't go as planned.

There are 15 home games and 11 road games remaining on the schedule. If the Jackets can get on a roll at home, there are quite a few points to be gained. In order to do that, the team has to bring a much better effort than it did last night against the Kings. They can't let the first goal of the game take the wind out of their sails for the rest of the contest, if scored by the opposition. They have to continue to battle and turn the tide, that is what home ice is supposed to be all about.

That being said, they will have to be just as perfect on the road to find a way to reach post-season play. Funny things happen to teams who have all expectations lifted, many times they play loose because they have nothing to lose. They have fun because they're playing with no pressure and then they put together some wins. I'm not saying that a team which has had problems putting together back-to-back wins all year is suddenly going to take off, but I have seen stranger things happen.

There are other factors in as well, like will this team look the same after the trade deadline or will changes be made to look towards the future? Only time will tell.



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Bobby Mac", "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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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