Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Jan. 14

Mason back in net as Jackets look to turn the tide on season

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 9:20 AM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

January 14

What a difference seven weeks can make!

As the Blue Jackets begin another home-and-home series on consecutive nights with the Detroit Red Wings let's look back on the first set of back-to-back games.

It was seven weeks ago tonight, the Blue Jackets were set to host the Red Wings in the first of a back-to-back home and home series. With a victory at Nationwide Arena the Blue Jackets would not only take over first place in the Central Division but would be number one overall in the entire Western Conference.

The Jackets lost the game 2-1 despite out shooting the Wings 35-32. In looking back not only on the first game, but the weekend series in which his team was swept, Coach Scott Arniel says, "I liked the way we played the first night and actually the first thirty minutes of the second game. We played five good periods against them."

The Jackets lost the second game at Joe Louis Arena 4-2 despite another solid first period and a 1-0 lead courtesy of Derick Brassard goal. The Blue Jackets are 6-14-3 since that Thanksgiving weekend with only the New Jersey Devils having a worse record since that time.

That said, Arniel says the CBJ have a chance to turn things back around starting tonight.

"We need something to jump start us from the doldrums we are in, he said. "We have to find a way."

Steve Mason returned to practice yesterday and told me he felt good maybe even better than he expected after being shutdown for several days. If there are no ill effects from yesterday's practice he will get the start tonight against the Red Wings. Rick Nash took a second straight maintenance day to rest a nagging lower body injury but is expected to play tonight.

Game time is 7 p.m. with Blue Jackets Live getting things underway from Nationwide at 6:30 p.m.

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*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.

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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 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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