Mike Commodore, having sat out the last five games, draws back into the Blue Jackets lineup tonight here in Calgary. At one time Commodore was a mainstay on the Flames defense in their run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He is still not 100-percent, but after a meeting yesterday with Ken Hitchcock, the rest of the coaching staff and the trainers, it was decided he is close enough to help the Blue Jackets defensively against the size and speed of the Flames. Says coach Hitchcock... "Mike agreed with us on his conditioning, he is feeling better physically and happy to be back in"... adding, "at 85 percent he is good enough to help us."
That said, the Blue Jackets will either go with seven defenseman and 11 forwards, what with a couple of players up front hurting or if all forwards are indeed healthy look for Mathieu Roy to likely be the healthy scratch on the Blueline.
With last night's win Hitchcock and the players still believe they CAN jump back into the playoff picture, if they can stay within as Hitchcock says eight, nine or ten points of the final spots in the West. The Jackets mentor added that both Anaheim and St. Louis made late season runs and the key is with all the road games the Jackets have in January, their February and March schedule becomes favorable. So, if they can start stringing some victories together this month, things can and will improve.
Getting last night's win means Mathieu Garon gets his second straight start and he will be facing Curtis McElhinney of the Flames with Miikka Kiprusoff getting the night off. Game time is 9 p.m. from the Saddledome here in Calgary with Blue Jackets Live getting things started at 8:30 p.m. Columbus time.
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