Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Jan. 8

Garon back in net, Howson on FS Ohio telecast tonight

Saturday, 01.08.2011 / 4:46 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

January 8

For the Blue Jackets out here in Los Angeles where they will close their four game Western swing. The message from the coaching staff is very clear says Assistant Coach Bob Boughner, "We are in desperation mode. We have gotten away from the things that made us successful earlier on in the season."

For the record, after the team's 14-6-0 start, the Jackets have won just 6 of 21 games (6-12-3). Even worse, after winning eight of their first nine away from Nationwide Arena the Blue Jackets are 1-8-2 on the road in this stretch.

In talking to Head Coach Scott Arniel after today's game day skate, that went twenty plus minutes, he was even more direct to the point saying, "we really need a win on this Western swing."

Well, their only chance to accomplish the feat is to win tonight's trip finale against a Kings team that has dropped four in a row at home and five straight overall.

Mathieu Garon will start for the Blue Jackets tonight. Garon came on in relief of Steve Mason in Anaheim. Mason has been bothered by a nagging injury for the past week or so. It's not a serious one but as a precaution, the decision was made to get him out of the Jackets net and avoid further injury.

Judging by the skate this morning it doesn't appear as if their will be any other lineup changes but I can tell you the Jackets have sent Mike Commodore back to Columbus. But NO decision has been made with regards to his future be it a trade or assignment to the AHL.

More on that and other topics of discussion will come during tonight's telecast as General Manager Scott Howson will join me in the first intermission. Our coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins at 10 p.m. Eastern with Blue Jackets Live. The game gets underway at 10:30 p.m. in HD.

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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 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
 
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