CBJ practice notebook: Oct. 7

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 1:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

Oh, the benefits of playing the Eastern Conference: the Blue Jackets picked up their first victory of the season on Saturday night in New York, arrived back in Columbus before midnight and had a full day's rest before getting back to practice today.

Several players were able to spend an overcast and occasionally-rainy Sunday at Muirfield Village for the final day of the Presidents Cup, which ended up being a surprisingly close finish. (In case you're wondering, the United States team won 18.5-15.5 and earned its eighth all-time win in 10 Presidents Cups).

James Wisniewski had a great time following his good friend and Columbus resident Jason Day, who dominated American Brandt Snedeker in his Sunday singles match.

But when the sun came up today, it was time to get back to work.

The Blue Jackets went through a practice lasting roughly an hour this morning on the main ice at Nationwide Arena, going over some more systems things like their defensive zone coverage and getting some extra special teams work in, as well.

The forward lines assembled by Todd Richards and the coaching staff for Saturday's win over the Islanders remained intact this morning. Here's a brief recap of the lines:

Atkinson - Dubinsky - Gaborik

Calvert - Anisimov - Comeau

Foligno - Johansen - Umberger

Letestu - MacKenzie - Jenner/Boll

Defense:
Johnson - Prout

Murray - Wisniewski

Nikitin - Savard/Erixon

Some other news and notes after today's skate...

- One small change in the line combinations was Umberger switching to right wing during Saturday's game. Last season, when that line was assembled for the stretch run, Foligno was on the right wing but Umberger feels more comfortable on the right side. He made the Jackets' tying goal on Saturday happen by bursting down the right wing and throwing the puck into the crease.

- Fedor Tyutin did not practice today and Richards said there's a chance he could return tomorrow. There's still hope he can play Thursday in Buffalo but a definite timetable for his return has not been outlined (at least publicly).

- Jared Boll was back on the ice for practice - a third straight day including the two most recent morning skates - and he's targeting Thursday's game for a possible return from his upper body injury.

- A couple of housekeeping items: the Blue Jackets announced their first Yuengling Celebrity Bartender event of the season today, and it takes place tomorrow night from 7-9 p.m. at Brothers in the Arena District. All proceeds from tips and the jersey auction benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation.

- Also, the #CBJBWW social media watch parties are back. The first party of the season is Thursday night at the BWW location in Grandview. Show up early, have some dinner and hang out with Blue Jackets fans as the team takes on the Buffalo Sabres.

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
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.