Spreading the Joy

Friday, 02.12.2010 / 7:07 PM / Bobby Mac's Blog
By Bob McElligott  - Blue Jackets Broadcaster

February 12

One week after the Blue Jackets changed their head coach, things couldn't be better. Interim Head Coach Claude Noel has the team playing at a high level, and more importantly, spreading joy throughout the dressing room. Claude is very fond of talking about having joy in one's life. This isn't just a line that he uses, but a philosophy he lives by every day. It's been refreshing to see so many smiles, on a daily basis and on the faces of the players. Of course, winning helps those smiles stay in place.

No one has been more affected by the change than goaltender Steve Mason. You'd think the goalie would be the last person directly affected by the replacement of a head coach. Goaltenders have a coach for their position and are normally somewhat detached from the rest of the group. That's not a bad thing. It's just that their personality is somewhat different. Not very many people are willing to jump in front of a 100 mph shot, repeatedly. Mason has looked more relaxed and more like the man who won the Calder Trophy as the Rookie of the Year, last season.

There's no doubt some of that has to do with the way his teammates are playing in front of him. The forwards seem to keep the puck in the other team's end a little longer. The defensemen look like their playing a tighter game too. Those things combined make the job much easier on Mason. On top of that, he is making the big saves when there is a breakdown (something that can't be said about the early part of his season) and controlling the majority of his rebounds.

If this team is to have success this year and beyond, Steve Mason has to have success. It's good to see him looking like his old self once again.



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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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