-During the second period of Wednesday's Game 2, Brian Gibbons had a shift on the penalty kill where he stole a puck and instead of just firing it down ice to kill a little bit of time and to get a line change, he skated around in the neutral zone with the puck for something around 15 or 20 seconds and basically kept it away from the Blue Jackets.
-To use hockey parlance, that is called "ragging the puck." Dan Bylsma explained the tactic after today's morning skate:
"It doesn’t happen all that much that you have to rag it. But when you have the opportunity to be able to hold the puck, take it back, have your [defensemen] hold on to it and waste some time. To me, that’s a huge disruption to a power play. And it’s frustrating. If you can hold on to the puck and rag it, they get restless, the power play guys get restless. It’s just not an opportunity that presents itself a lot. You’re looking for 20-second shifts to 30-second shifts on your [penalty kill] so you don’t want to get stuck out by going up the ice into the offensive zone or holding on to it too long and get stuck out for a minute [penalty kill] shift. You’re trying to roll them over so you don’t always roll them over. Brian did a great job. He got out there at the beginning of the shifts. He got the puck and ragged it. I thought it was a momentum-builder for our team."
-The Blue Jackets will be getting a key player back in the lineup tonight as R.J. Umberger returns to the lineup after missing Game 1 due to an "upper-body" injury. Umberger isn't the player he once was. He's strictly a bottom-six player these days and even then, he was a healthy scratch late in the regular season. But he's one of the few players on this Blue Jackets roster with any sort of playoff acumen among active players with a minimum of 20 career postseason games, Umberger has the second best goals-per-game average in the NHL:
|Player, Current team||Games Played||Goals||Goals Per Game|
|Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs||22||13||0.59|
|R.J. Umberger, Blue Jackets||26||14||0.54|
|Mike Cammalleri, Flames||32||17||0.53|
|Alex Ovechkin, Capitals||58||31||0.53|
|Sean Bergenheim, Panthers||23||12||0.52|
|Martin St. Louis, Rangers||64||33||0.52|
|Sidney Crosby, Penguins||83||40||0.48|
|Jarome Iginla, Flames||70||32||0.46|
|Daniel Briere, Canadiens||110||50||0.45|
|Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wings||123||55||0.45|