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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Week 9 Power Rankings - Jackets slide - Down from 6 to 18
The Jackets are 5-7-3 since the end of October and the injury to Pascal Leclaire takes, with all due respect to Rick Nash, their biggest difference-maker out of the lineup. - Down from 16 to 18
The Blue Jackets needed a 24-year-old rookie to come to their rescue last week. Curtis Glencross picked up two goals — including the overtime winner — against the Calgary Flames to net Columbus its only win in three tries in Week 9. - Down from 14 to 18
Jackets fans can exhale. Pascal Leclaire is back between the pipes. The 25-year-old backstop missed two games with a hamstring injury, but returned Monday. After 26 games, one thing is clear: Columbus isn't nearly the same team without him. It's not a rip on Fredrik Norrena, but Leclaire appears set for a breakout season. - Down from 18 to 20
What a week: Pascal Leclaire, the rising star in goal, suffers a hamstring injury, the franchise-best 8-3-2 start is barely a memory and two players on top minor affiliate are injured when team bus smacks the back of a vehicle and goes spinning off road into a field. - Down 1 to 18
Tough team to play against - Down from 17 to 19
The Jackets have to try not to lose any ground in a tight Central race with regular centers Jiri Novotny (concussion) and Manny Malhotra (knee) out of the lineup. - Down 1 to 23
The Jackets are playing good hockey at home, but in a division as tight as the Central, that's not enough to overcome all the points they cede to rivals because of their road efforts. - awaiting release

Average Score: 19.14 (last week 14.88 )

After going 1 for 3 last week on the road I'm not surprised by the slip. Just about every ranking has the Jackets in that 17 to 19 area. So far they are off to a decent start going 1-0-1 so lets see how they finish this week up. If they can get another win they should move back up the ladder a bit.


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