Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Dec. 30

A War Room stop and must win in Toronto

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 9:20 AM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

December 30

My blog today won't be my typical preview of the Blue Jackets game here in Toronto against the Maple Leafs tonight as much as to tell you about our "off night" in the so called "Center of the Hockey Universe."

That said, tonight the Blue Jackets begin the first of back to back games against Eastern Conference competition and the CBJ frankly need to get on a roll! As I glance at the Western Conference standings in the National Hockey League this morning they are 12th, but still only four points back of 8th place Chicago. The Jackets have two games in hand on the Blackhawks, who are bunched in with three other teams with 43 points. After tomorrow's New Years Eve start with the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena, the Jackets head out on a four-game road trip that starts in Nashville Sunday, so wins at this point are a must.

As for our night here in Toronto, last night a group of us that included all the broadcasters, Ryan Holtmann of the PR staff and Julie Gamble who handles all the CBJ's travel ventured over to the new Real Sports Bar and Grill, which is part of the Maple Leafs empire. ESPN has labled it "North America's #1 Sports Bar!" and for what it's worth I would wholeheartedly agree. It's amazing everywhere you look there are giant TV's and there must have been five or six games available on all the TV's. The huge screen which is the center piece of the establishment is a movie theatre sized TV in HD and the picture quality is superb. It had the World Junior Championships game between Team Canada and Team Norway in full view with a pro Canada crowd on hand.

For Columbus hockey fans a trip here to Toronto is a must. In addition to perhaps checking this place out, seeing a hockey game and visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must. It's a six and a half hour drive from Central Ohio and well worth the trip.

After dinner George Matthews, Bill Davidge, my son - who works in the media here in Toronto - headed over to the NHL's War Room, which is around the corner from the Real Sports Bar and just 50-feet from the Air Canada Centre.

The NHL's Mike Murphy was kind enough to spend an hour with us explaining the nuances of the their set up. Each work station has the two feeds of a game with both the home and road teams telecasts in HD. Murphy sits at a huge desk with feeds of all the games plus a communication system that enables him to be in contact with the video replay judge in all the arenas as well as the time keepers, bench and the goal judges. Needless to say a very elaborate system. Unfortunately, there were no reviews while we were there. As a side, I did receive a number of tweets from Blue Jackets fans, many of them humorous with the same idea letting them know that Blue Jackets fans are looking for a better outcome on War Room reviews.

Tonight's game against the Maple Leafs starts at 7 p.m. Our Coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with Blue Jackets Live with Ray Crawford at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to follow Jeff on Twitter



*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blog - Rimer's Game Day Ramblings. The Columbus Blue Jackets' television play-by-play man will try to keep you updated on all the season action through his 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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.