Jackets Journal: February 29

Short practice for some and maintenance day for others as team leaves for Denver

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 2:16 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com
James Wisniewski

The Blue Jackets held a brief 30-minute practice at Nationwide Arena this morning following last night’s loss to the Detroit Red Wings, and covered a short list of things that needed attention. Interim head coach Todd Richards focused heavily on working cycles, funneling the puck toward the net and creating scoring chances with people at the front of the net.

Derek Dorsett, James Wisniewski and Brett Lebda were absent from practice today and right winger Jared Boll – still recovering from a foot injury – stayed off the ice as well. Richards said the plan is for all players to make the trip to Denver this afternoon, despite Wisniewski being “banged up” going into last night’s game and a maintenance day for Dorsett.

Lebda, coming off a thumb injury a few weeks back, had to have the thumb examined this morning so he was not at practice.

Here are the line combinations used by the Blue Jackets during today’s practice:
FORWARDS

Umberger-Brassard-Nash
Prospal-Letestu-Atkinson
Russell-Boyce-Johansen
Gillies-MacKenzie- X

DEFENSE
Tyutin-Nikitin
J. Johnson-Moore
A. Johnson-X

GOALTENDERS
Mason
Sanford

Cam Atkinson

YOUNG GUYS IN STARRING ROLES
For the remaining 19 games, several Blue Jackets are in a position to not only audition for roster spots the rest of the year, but solidify their role as the club moves forward. Players like Cam Atkinson, Ryan Russell, Darryl Boyce and others figure to get more ice time and opportunity with the departures of Antoine Vermette, Jeff Carter and Sammy Pahlsson.

In Atkinson’s case, he was sent back to Springfield (AHL) earlier this season and returned to Columbus as the AHL’s leading goal-scorer. He has a projected role at the NHL level, Richards said, and it only makes sense to use him in that role when he’s with the Blue Jackets.

“This is important for us to see them play,” Richards said. “If Cam Atkinson is going to play in the NHL, he has to play first or second-line wing. I don’t see him as a third-liner. The projection for him is to be in that spot, so when we call him up, we give him an opportunity there and it could give us a better idea.

“You can get a much better feel up here seeing him play against NHL players.”

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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