directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 11 Power Rankings - Jackets slip

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Week 11 Power Rankings - Jackets slip - down to 11 from 9
A name that was tied to Jaromir Jagr's past -- Kris Beech (who was one of three prospects traded from Washington to Pittsburgh for Jagr in 2001) -- has been Columbus' leading scorer this month with seven points in seven games. - down to 24 from 23
Rick Nash has been trying to play through a groin injury, but he's scoreless and has only 10 shots in his last four games. Columbus has won only seven of 18 games since the end of October. - down to 20 from 16
Haven't had a winning record this late ever. - down to 21 from 20
Tremendous goaltending – the product of sticking to a defensive system – was taking a lot of attention away from other areas early, but now it's apparent just how much this team depends on Rick Nash and he's hurting a bit. Coach Ken Hitchcock has to be careful how much he pushes his young star forward. - down to 22 from 20
They not only haven't won consecutive games since Nov. 23 and 24, their 24th-ranked PP has gone just 2-for-17 in the past four games -- including 0-for-5 Saturday against the league's worst penalty-kill unit. "Each game we have to be hungry, hungry, hungry," Fredrik Norrena told the Columbus Dispatch. - stays at 18
(.531) Columbus lost two of three last week, but managed to pick up three of a possible six points to keep hold of the No. 18 position in the rankings. The Blue Jackets come into Week 12 only 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. - ranked 17th
Burning questions: Will this team ever learn it needs to play hard every night? Or is it just not capable of maintaining that level? - down to 22 from 20
Thanks to a lowly power play of late -- the Jackets are 5-for-50 since Nov. 23 -- the fans are starting to boo at Nationwide Arena.

Average score 19.375 (last week 19.14)

No surprise here. The Jackets have an average week and the slip shows in the overall rankings. Once again Weiss from has us ranked the lowest 24 with the highest at 11.

So far the Jackets are 0-1-0 this week. They take on the worst team in the NHL Friday night at Nationwide in the LA Kings but we all know how they respond to team's below them in the standings.


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