directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 13 Power Rankings - Jackets climb

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Week 13 Power Rankings - Jackets climb - down to 14 from 11
Challenging Rick Nash for the team scoring lead, Nikolai Zherdev is showing the ability that he did two years ago when he notched 27 goals, and he's just one point away from tying last season's disappointing point total of 32. - up to 20 from 27
The Jackets are tough to beat at home, and they do little things like kill penalties, win lots of faceoffs and hold leads. But they need more offense to be a serious playoff contender. - up to 20 from 25
The Blue Jackets climbed five places in the rankings this week after winning two of three in Week 13. Pascal Leclaire was once again the team's savior, netting both of the team's wins by stopping 44 of the 45 shots he faced, including all 21 that were fired his way in his league-leading seventh shutout of the season. - up to 20 from 25
With coach Ken Hitchcock having put in a system that players have bought into, the organization needs to remember change doesn't happen overnight, but they're pointed in the right direction. - stays put at 20
Zherdev playing like he's supposed to. - up to 21 from 26
It looks like coach Ken Hitchcock has finally ignited multi-talented Nikolai Zherdev. After a paltry 10 goals and 32 points in 71 games last season, the 23-year-old has six points in his last two games and is on pace for 69, which would eclipse his career high by 15. - stays put at 22
The Blue Jackets are 4-2-0 in their past six games.

ColumbusDispatch - awaiting rankings

Average score: 19.57 (last week 22.3)

The Jackets are back up this week after going 2-1 last week (I'm not counting Monday's New Years win). The highest ranking being and believe it or not does not have the Jackets the lowest this week -- that honor goes to putting them at 22.

A couple of wins on the road this week and you'll really see this team start to climb most of these rankings. It all starts tonight at Anaheim.


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