The Blue Jackets are sitting just 5 points out of a playoff spot at the All-Star Break. The only problem is they still have 4 teams to climb over top of in order to be in the 8th spot in the Western Conference. Their work is far from over.
With a 3-1-2 record leading into the All-Star Break, the Blue Jackets are playing with plenty of confidence. They took 3 out of 4 points against the mighty Detroit Red Wings and took a much needed 2 points from the St. Louis Blues. The Jackets latest success can be contributed to the team getting back to what made them successful early in the year. They have been fore-checking hard and using their speed to force their opposition to turn over the puck. They have been getting scoring from all four lines and have thankfully had some steady goal-tending.
The only game out of the last six where the Jackets didn’t earn at least one point was their last game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Jackets began the game the way they needed to with intense fore-checking. Unfortunately, the over enthusiastic play of Derek Doresett earned him a 5 minute boarding penalty as he hit the Ducks Corey Perry from behind. This penalty cost the Jackets the game as the Ducks capitalized by scoring two goals on the power-play. However, I strongly believe the Jackets need to continue to play this risky type of game in order to be successful during the rest of the season. The positive news is that the Jackets responded by outplaying the Ducks the rest of the game and were the far better team. Despite the loss the Blue Jackets were gaining steam and confidence heading into the All-Star Break.
Congratulations to Rick Nash for once again being an NHL All-Star and to one of the Jacket’s top prospects, John Moore, for being an AHL All-Star.
Mike Commodore’sdebut with the Jacket’s farm team, Springfield Falcons, was spoiled by miserable weather conditions. Mike has reported to the Falcons and shown no signs of resentment. He is enjoying being a role model to the young players and sharing his experiences with NHL hopefuls.
Nikita Filatov continues to be on the shelf since January 15th with a stiff neck.
Go Jackets Go!
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Written by Jason Wagensveld