Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Dec. 3

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 1:46 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

December 3

Here in Buffalo the Blue Jackets begin the first of back-to-back games against the Eastern Conference tonight as they meet the Sabres before returning home to play the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide tomorrow.

The Penguins are the NHL's hottest team at 9-0-1 in their last 10, but lets not get ahead of ourselves, we still have to assess tonight's match-up against the Sabres.

It will give Jackets coach Scott Arniel his first game coaching against Lindy Ruff, who gave Arniel his first shot as an assistant coach on his staff here in Buffalo. Arniel was asked after this morning's pre-game skate what he has taken from his time spent behind the Buffalo bench with Ruff. His response, as you would expect, was nothing but admiration for the Sabres mentor.

"His approach to coaching, his enthusiasm, his love for the job and the fact that he wouldn't leave a stone unturned to get an edge," Arniel said.

Ruff on the other hand commented on Arniel getting the Jackets to play a North-South game, up tempo and their ability to take advantage of their speed.

No lineup changes for the CBJ this evening other than it appears as if Mathieu Garon will get tonight's start in goal against Buffalo's Ryan Miller.

Game time on FOX Sports Ohio in HD is 7:30 p.m. and coverage will start with Blue Jackets Live at 7 p.m.

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  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

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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
 
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S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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