Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Nov. 2

Tuesday, 11.02.2010 / 9:18 AM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

November 2

Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is looking for more offensive production from his top two lines and will reinsert Nikita Filatov into the "top six" tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

Filatov, according to Arniel, is competing more of late and the head coach added that with the move, No. 28 has to make the most of it and be good every night. Filatov will play with R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette. Arniel says Umberger and Vermette play in straight lines, which should help Filatov, although Vermette is off to a slow start offensively himself.

As for the top line of Brassard, Nash and Voracek, they by no means have hit their stride. Nash's goal production is half of what it was last season at this time, Voracek has yet to score a goal and Brassard is just now starting to get his game together.

As for Montreal, the Jackets head coach says "we have to be ready tonight, the Canadiens work hard, they don't give you a lot, have real good offensive players and they have strong special teams." Arneil went on to say, after watching his club through the first 10 games, "we must pressure teams in the offensive end of the ice and be conscious of how we are playing in our own end." He added that he has told the team overall they must play well without the puck.

The Blue Jackets need to be more consistent on a night to night basis. They have yet to really get into divisional play and as the Jackets coach says, if they are going to be a playoff team they need a good divisional record. In summing up the NHL's Central Division the Jackets mentor said, "all the teams in the division are well coached."

Do to the Versus "exclusive night" FOX Sports Ohio will not be televising tonight's game, but it is available through TSN on the "Center Ice" package if you have it.

Our next FOX Sports Ohio telecast will come Thursday from Atlanta against the Thrashers.

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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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