CBJ practice notebook: Oct. 8

Tuesday, 10.08.2013 / 1:30 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com


For the first time in what has seemed like an eternity, the Blue Jackets had a full complement of 23 skaters on the ice for practice today.

That's 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders...and one of the PGA Tour's best players. But we'll get to that last part in a minute.

It was day two of a three-day practice week getting ready for the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, and the Blue Jackets spent their hour-long practice reinforcing some of the concepts they've worked on over the past three weeks. Spoiler alert: yes, that includes the power play.

Head coach Todd Richards employed the same forward lines and defense pairs that we saw in yesterday's practice:

Atkinson - Dubinsky - Gaborik

Calvert - Anisimov - Comeau

Foligno - Johansen - Umberger

Letestu - MacKenzie - Boll / Jenner - MacKenzie - Letestu

Defense pairs:

Johnson - Prout

Murray - Wisniewski

Nikitin - Savard

Tyutin - Erixon

And now, for today's newsworthy updates...

- Jason Day, good friend of James Wisniewski and several other Blue Jackets players, took the ice for (allegedly) the first time ever today after practice. It was a big event; most of the team stuck around on the ice and helped him along. He didn't fare too bad, either. Curtis McElhinney, who took some shots from Day, told Wisniewski that "he didn't know where the puck was going" when Day let it go.

- Richards said Boll looks ready to go and should be in the lineup on Thursday night. That means a decision is forthcoming up front; one forward will need to be scratched if Boll rejoins the mix.

- On the back end, Tyutin returned to practice sans no-contact jersey and looked to be a full-go participant. Richards said Tyutin's target is to play Saturday afternoon against Boston at Nationwide Arena if all goes well this week.

- Richards on Tyutin: "Right now he's back on the ice and starting to get back into the fold and into the mix. Right now, we're trying to target Saturday but we'll see."

- As for the power play, it's currently operating at 40 percent and yes, it's very early, but there are still some encouraging signs. Richards said "we can still be better" on the power play and they have a lot of things they want to work on, but they're doing a lot of things well. What did Richards like best? The fact that they used the power play to turn Saturday's game around.

- Richards on the power play: "The positive is that - if we don't score a goal in Saturday's game on the power - I don't know if we win the game. That was a key moment down two goals, and you're sitting there saying we need a goal there. If you don't get one it becomes real demoralizing. We got one and you could see what it did to the bench."

SCHEDULE

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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 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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