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Mixer's Mailbag: Nov. 17 Edition

Questions on early success, best Nationwide Arena foods & more

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

Regularly throughout the season (and also during the offseason), we'll answer your questions right here on This is the latest installment of the mailbag, which focuses on roster assembly, top arena foods and much more:

Justin Needham (@jneedham24)

The walking taco is the best food at Nationwide Arena: cheap, filling, fast. What could possibly be better?

You make a valid point, my friend. The walking taco is a top contender for best arena food, however, I have two other items for you to consider.

First is bacon on a stick. It goes great with a beer and it's so easy to carry with you, which you can't underestimate (especially if you have a beer in your other hand). Also, it's a gigantic piece of bacon, which is pretty hard to beat.

Second, the Skyline fries. It's hard to describe just how good they are. The Skyline fries were the first food I ever had at Nationwide Arena and now, a bunch of my friends are catching on.

Jason Libert (@jel779)

Do you think we will see TJ Tynan play his first NHL game this year? I think he deserves the opportunity.

I agree with you that he has earned an opportunity. He's been a good soldier in the organization for a number of years and was a big part of the Calder Cup champion Monsters last season.

Whether that opportunity comes in the next few weeks or months obviously depends on a number of factors; he's a center (but can play wing) and the Blue Jackets have a lot of them, so they would either need to encounter an injury situation or be in a position where they need a call-up to bolster the offense. Right now, it doesn't appear to be in the immediate future but it wouldn't surprise me if he eventually does see some NHL time.

Steve Humphrey (@CBJKiltGuy)

Has the preponderance of games against Western Conference opponents been an advantage or a disadvantage for the CBJ?

Hard to tell. I think what's been very beneficial, regardless of conference, is the difficult schedule the Blue Jackets have faced so far. These are some really tough teams they're playing and they've already checked the California swing off their list, going 1-1-1 against the Kings, Sharks and Ducks, and there's certainly no shame in that. Chicago's been red-hot and the Blue Jackets got two points there, and they've already played Boston, Anaheim, San Jose, Dallas and St. Louis twice. Come Sunday, they'll also have played Washington twice.

Their schedule isn't getting any easier - they have a five-game (!) week next week with U.S. Thanksgiving wedged in the middle of it - but John Tortorella isn't letting the schedule, the opposition, or any other reasoning become an excuse for his team. That's one of the things I've liked about their approach: it doesn't matter who you're playing, where you're playing or how you're playing, just focus on that game and do what you need to do.

Video: WSH@CBJ: Werenski beats Grubauer to even game in 3rd

Ryan Graham (@DrRyanGraham)

Why are the #CBJ often carrying less than a full active roster this season?

Simply because the schedule has allowed them to. They've had enough healthy bodies (12 forwards, six defensemen, two goalies) and enough home games that carrying extra players all the time hasn't been necessary.

Now, they've taken extra players on the road when injuries call for it and they'll always take "insurance" players on extended road trips, but when you're playing a lot of games at home and your AHL affiliate is a two-hour drive away, they don't need to make a call-up unless a situation arises.

Jess P (@JPizz45)

Have you had @ChickenTakeover and your thoughts?

Oh, yes I have. Many times. My thoughts are that it's incredible.

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