Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Jan. 4

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 3:31 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

January 4

The Blue Jackets continue their Western swing here in Phoenix tonight looking to even-up their four-game trip after stumbling badly in the first game in Nashville Sunday night.

It wasn't even close! After a strong first period, one of the better periods the Jackets have played in the Predators barn in recent memory, they stopped skating forgot what had been successful in their previous three games (all wins) and a strong forecheck and were soundly beaten.

The coaches put the team through an instructional type practice yesterday with plenty of teaching that hopefully will translate to a victory over the Coyotes tonight. That and the benching of the top line clearly sends a message to the entire team.

Talking to Coach Scott Arniel after yesterday's practice the Jackets coach said, "we have to be at our best against Phoenix." Adding, "They are a four line team, two good offensive lines, they have good skill on their back end, a good power play and they are another team sitting just one point behind us."

I do not expect to see any lineup changes tonight but that could change at game time.

Tonight's game is set for 9 p.m. Eastern Time with Blue Jackets Live preceding the telecast at 8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio.

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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

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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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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