Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Feb. 25

Friday, 02.25.2011 / 1:51 PM / Blogs
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer

February 25

Tonight, the Blue Jackets play their final home game before hitting the road for an all important five-game road trip over the next 11 days.

That said, the Jackets to a man know how important tonight's game is as they host the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes have won nine of the last 10 meetings between the two teams and five straight here at Nationwide Arena. But that was the old Blue Jackets, this team right now has a quiet confidence and they are ready for the contest against a Coyotes team that had their eight-game winning streak abruptly snapped Wednesday night in Tampa, losing 8-3.

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett is well aware of the Jackets recent play, commenting on their improved power play (two power play goals in each of their last two starts) and the need for his club to play hard, play smart and disciplined in tonight's game.

As for Jackets coach Scott Arniel, he states the Coyotes are not unlike Nashville and they have a veteran lineup, a group of solid players that play a patient game and have been in a playoff race before (last season). Arniel went on to say, "we need to keep doing the things we have been doing, play a full 60-minutes and stay focused on the game at hand." In other words, forget about the pending road trip and focus strictly on tonight's game.

Tonight's lineup should be the same one that blanked Nashville 4-0 Tuesday. Steve Mason will  be in goal again for the Blue Jackets. Mason is 6-1-0 in his last seven starts with a 1.58 goals against average and .949 save percentage. Ilya Bryzgalov will start for the Coyotes. Bryzgalov has won a career best eight games in a row, having sat out the game in Tampa the other night after starting 19 in a row.

Tonight's game is in HD at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio. Good seats remain if you'd like to join us at Nationwide tonight, it should be another exciting night at the Arena.

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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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  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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