Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Mar. 9

Brassard could be back and Garon could be in net, stay tuned

Wednesday, 03.09.2011 / 1:37 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

March 9

With their disappointing five game road trip behind them the Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena tonight looking to end a five-game win-less skid (0-3-2) as they host the St. Louis Blues.

If they are to cut the seven point deficit between themselves and the 8th and final playoff spot - and hopefully claim it - they need a similar run to the run they had back in late January and February. The Blue Jackets have 10 home games remaining, they have lost just one of their last six in regulation at home and need that type of record to continue - starting tonight.

Asked about the teams mood following today's optional practice, head coach Scott Arniel said, "they have done a good job of not getting down and staying upbeat. Our home record has been better, we have 10 of our 17 games at home, we've played hard and we need to continue to be good and do the right things."

Coach Arniel was asked if he expected more of the same, meaning fisticuffs early in tonight's game, and he was quick to respond.

"I expect the physical side will be there but I don't know about the fighting," Arniel said.

Derick Brassard's return to the lineup tonight will be a game time decision and Arniel stated if Brassard does play he will help, what with his skill set. The coach praised Brassard for working hard to stay in shape while missing the last three weeks.

The Blues announced yesterday, prior to their departure from St. Louis, Jaroslav Halak has returned to the active roster from IR and will start tonight. No definitive word on the Jackets starting netminder, but Mathieu Garon was first off the ice for the Blue Jackets this morning.

It's a regular def. telecast tonight on FOX Sports Ohio - last one until April - beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Blue Jackets Live.

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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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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