directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 4 Power Rankings

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Week 4 Power Rankings - Jackets fall from 15 to 19.
We've heard this story before: the Blue Jackets need more than Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev scoring. Right now, though, they are the only two Jackets with more than four points. Youngsters like Gilbert Brule and Dan Fritsche should be part of the solution, but neither one has even registered a point. - Stays the same at 18.
Hitchcock has them pointed in the right direction. - Move up a notch to 26.
The Jackets are playing some tight team defense, which is the biggest reason they are .500 so far. Michael Peca has been dominant in the faceoff circle too, winning 20 of his past 29 draws. - Up to 18 from 24.
Strong `D' and penalty kill are the backbone. - Drop 3 spots to #18.
(.500) The Blue Jackets failure to connect on the power play was one of the main reasons the club dropped two of three in Week 3 and fell three places in the rankings. Columbus was only 2-for-15 with the man advantage in its two losses last week. - Move up 1 to 25.
In five starts, Pascal Leclaire has three shutouts; he had just one in his first 56 career starts. I won't go out on an early limb and say the Jackets will make the playoffs, but Leclaire's play is reason for optimism. "We're not going to settle for complacency," said Michael Peca. "We're no longer the expansion Jackets. We want to be a force in our conference."

Average Power Rankings Score: 21.6

I'll be keeping that meta score on a weekly basis to see how the Jackets fare from week to week in this area.

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