Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Feb. 1

Tuesday, 02.01.2011 / 8:06 AM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

February 1

After the five day All-Star break, the Blue Jackets swing back into action tonight when they host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at Nationwide.

There is no doubt Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel is focused for the stretch run. The first year Jackets coach says, "we have 33 games left to make the playoffs, we have a chance to make up some ground this month playing teams we are chasing, they are all above us with the exception of Edmonton (who we play) Saturday and next week's game in Pittsburgh."

The NHL schedule resumes tonight with 13 games, and as the Jackets begin play they trail both Chicago and San Jose, who currently hold down 7th and 8th place respectively, by 5 points with a game in hand on each of them. That makes tonight's game against the Blackhawks a must win. Of course they also must climb over four other teams to get to a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In all, 11 teams in the Conference are separated by just nine points and that is from 4th to 14th!

As for tonight's game the Blue Jackets must be disciplined. Chicago comes to town with the NHL's top power play performing at better than 25-percent. After practice yesterday Arniel talked about the 'Hawks ability to score on the power play or at even strength and noted that the Blue Jackets need to be solid without the puck and MUST PLAY a grinding out game and be aware of their individual responsibilities against Chicago.

It's a 7 p.m. start and the game is in HD on FOX Sports Ohio.

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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 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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