Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Apr. 3

Sunday, 04.03.2011 / 11:17 AM / Blogs
By Jeff Rimer  - Television play-by-play announcer

April 5

Question - when is a rivalry truly a rivalry?

Some people agree with what former Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock says, "A rivalry is not really a rivalry until the two teams meet in the playoffs." I do not necessarily agree with that premise.

The Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues, who meet late this afternoon at Nationwide, DON'T like each other. There certainly is history dating back to earlier visits by the Blues to Columbus this season and past years. This season there was "Soccer Gate" and the subsequent banter going back and forth between the two teams, especially in light of the comments made by R.J. Umberger after the Blues took exception to the Jackets winger running through their soccer warm up prior to the game.

Of course after that, T.J. Oshie broke his ankle in a scrum along the boards and really hasn't regained his form since.

All games are physical and there is no lack of intensity and I do not believe today's game will be any different despite the fact that neither team is headed to the playoffs and there is not a lot at stake other than placement for June's entry draft.

The expected goaltender match-up has Mathieu Garon likely facing Jaroslav Halak.

The Jackets will play today's game without Jan Hejda due to yesterday's suspension for two games, after Friday's hit on Chicago's Marcus Kruger. It was deemed an elbow to the head and with Hejda out Craig Rivet will draw back in.

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, who has missed the last two games with as lower body injury, is questionable.

Today's game is a 5 p.m. start on FOX Sports Ohio with coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Blue Jackets Live.

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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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