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Rimer's Game Day Ramblings - Dec. 31

by Jeff Rimer / Columbus Blue Jackets

December 31

The Blue Jackets who have won two straight hope to end 2010 on a winning note tonight as they host the Ottawa Senators on New Year's Eve at Nationwide.

The Jackets won their second game in a row coming from behind last night to edge the Maple Leafs 3-2 in Toronto. For the most part I thought it was a solid performance by the hockey club and the key was a third period power play goal on their first man advantage in well over 100 minutes of hockey.

The Senators are coming off perhaps their most disappointing loss of the season a 4-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in Ottawa.

The Blue Jackets are expected to start Steve Mason tonight. Mason has been in the nets for the two come from behind wins and appears to be finally coming out of his slump. He is out on the edge of the goal crease challenging shooters and for the most part controlling his rebounds, which is a must.

Also expected to play after being a healthy scratch the last two games is Jake Voracek. Hopefully Voracek has learned from his benching. He needs to be more assertive and bury his chances. The young Czech is getting the opportunities but not bearing down, and shooting high or wide of the net. Jake has scored just once in his last 15 games played.

Our coverage tonight begins at 6:30 p.m. with Ray Crawford and Blue Jackets Live. Game time is 7 p.m. in HD TV.

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*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blog - Rimer's Game Day Ramblings. The Columbus Blue Jackets' television play-by-play man will try to keep you updated on all the season action through his blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets are on the road.

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