Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Apr. 1

Friday, 04.01.2011 / 1:39 PM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

April 1

The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks make their third and final appearance at Nationwide Arena tonight. The Blackhawks won the previous two meetings in the season series here in Columbus and hold a slight edge in the series 3-2-0 with the Blue Jackets having beaten the champs twice in Chicago.

It looks like the Blue Jackets will start Mathieu Garon tonight. Steve Mason, who I thought had a strong outing last night in Washington despite the 4-3 Overtime loss to the Capitals, suffered an undisclosed injury in the game and is unable to dress tonight. As a result the Jackets recalled David LeNeveu from Springfield this morning and he will likely back up Garon.

Rick Nash, who sat out last night's game, will also not dress tonight. Here's hoping the injury is not serious and he can possibly return Sunday at Nationwide for the club's game against the St. Louis Blues.

More on last night's game in Washington... watching the game with my partner Bill Davidge back here in Columbus I thought Tomas Kubalik was impressive in his debut, aside from his two assists in his first NHL game. Then again I am not surprised because Kubalik was solid in every pre-season game he played with the CBJ. He has had an outstanding first pro season in Springfield scoring 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points. Not only was Kubalik strong in the offensive end of the ice, but he was impressive coming back time and time again defensively. He has obviously picked up the organizations system both in Springfield and here in Columbus.

I thought the line of Vermette, Calvert and Kubalik played the entire game with some chemistry and look forward to seeing more of the same tonight. Calvert and Kubalik had played a number of games together with the Falcons prior to Matt's call up.

Tonight's game is in HD back on FOX Sports Ohio at 7 p.m. and the game will be our final "All Access" night of the season.

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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 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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