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

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Week 4 Power Rankings - Columbus at #7
Hitchcock early leader for top coach award - Up from 26 to 15
Coach Ken Hitchcock's magic or at least his method is sinking in with the Blue Jackets. Helping matters is the league's best penalty killing unit and four shutouts from Pascal Leclaire. - Up from 18 to 8
(.650) After losing four of their first seven games to start the season, the Blue Jackets rattled off three straight wins in Week 4 to get things going in the right direction. Rick Nash led the way in the hat trick of victories, scoring four points off three goals and one assist for Columbus. - Up from 24 to 7
Three game winning streak, gritty style is opening eyes. - Up from 19 to 7
While the Ken Hitchcock effect has dropped the shots on goal down to 26.8 (from 28.6 last season) this season, the Blue Jackets are notably getting superior goaltending from Pascal Leclaire, who has four shutouts in seven starts. - No update - Up from 23 to 13
Thanks to their first consecutive wins this season, the Jackets are three games over .500 for the first time ever and off to the best start in franchise history. "There's not one person, magazine, publisher, anything that has us making the playoffs this year," said Dan Fritsche. "We have a lot of people to prove wrong and a lot of respect to gain." - Up from 26 to 16
It's our Blue-Light Special Mover of the Week. Pascal Leclaire has a 5-2 record, a 1.29 GAA, .949 save percentage and four shutouts in seven starts this season for the Blue Jackets, who sit second in the Central heading into Wednesday's action.

Average Power Rankings Score: 10.4 (20.6 last week)

Well that's a pretty impressive jump and that's what a 3-0 win streak early on on the season will get ya. Still a lot of work to do but its certainly obvious the NHL is taking notice of this team's early start. The best thing about it is I don't think this team is even playing its best hockey yet and there is no reason what-so-ever to think they way this team is playing is a fluke.


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