After experiencing their longest losing streak of the season, the Jackets look to be getting their game back on track. They have earned 6 of the possible 10 points in their last five games. It has been a tough stretch in the schedule for the Jackets as tonight they will be playing their fifth game in eight night. However, they need the points and it won’t be an acceptable excuse if they fall a few points short of making the playoffs.
The Jackets need to get back to their attacking style of uptempo hockey that earned them their quick start. They have been guilty of slow starts against the Calgary Flames and most recently the Vancouver Canucks.
Kristian Huselius was welcomed back into the line-up with open arms. They finally have their top six forwards healthy and in the line-up. Huselius will help Antoine Vermette and R.J. Umberger get back to their scoring ways and will give the Jackets two solid lines of attack.
At first glance the Jackets schedule looks like it works in their favour. During the rest of December the Jackets will play eight games and six of them will be against non-playoff teams. However, if you take a closer look at their record you realize they are playing under 500 against non-playoff teams. On the other hand they are playing five games over 500 against playoff teams. It is crucial that they starting picking up the points against the non-playoff teams as these are the teams they will be fighting with for a playoff spot. The Western Conference playoff race is close and will be like this to the bitter end. The Jackets need to earn 10 of the possible 16 points during the rest of 2010.
Nikita Filatov is playing in the AHL for the Springfield Falcons. He has 1 assist, 4 shots, and a minus one in two games played since he has been set down by the Jackets. This is definitely the best solution for Filatov as he needs to build his confidence and start scoring goals again.
Go Jackets Go!
About the Author
Written by Jason Wagensveld