directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 21 Power Rankings - big wins in Ottawa/Montreal have the Jackets climbing

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Week 21 Power Rankings - big wins in Ottawa/Montreal have the Jackets climbing - stays put at 19
How big is the difference for the Blue Jackets when Pascal Leclaire is in net? The Jackets have won 22 of 39 when Leclaire is the goaltender of record, as opposed to winning just 7 of 25 when it's Fredrik Norrena. Key Injuries: None. - stays put at 19
Can Howson make a splash in first deadline? - up 7 to 20
Rick Nash is doing his part to keep the Jackets slim playoff hopes alive with five goals in his past six games. - drop 1 to 24
Ten of the Blue Jackets’ final 18 games are at home, including a stretch of five straight from March 7-18. Columbus has been a lot better at home – 16 wins and at least a point in 22 out of 31 games there – than the road (13-17-3). The Jackets close with nine in a row against Central Division opponents. - stay at 23
The Blue Jackets parted with two older players and their contracts (Fedorov and Foote) to help build for the future. - up 5 to 22
True, they lost to the Leafs, but Ken Hitchcock's crew responded with back-to-back wins over the Sens and Habs. Impressive stuff. Equally so was Montreal native Pascal Leclaire's first game at Bell Centre: his ninth shutout of the season in front of 25 family members. "I probably could've used more tickets but the credit card was full," he said. - up 2 to 24
(.523) Columbus won two of the three games it played in Week 21, moving up two places in the rankings. Pascal Leclaire was brilliant in the team's two wins, stopping 58 of the 60 shots he faced, including all 31 in a 3-0 win over the Canadiens. - up 4 to 21
After losing to Toronto, of all teams, the Blue Jackets waltzed into Ottawa and Montreal and stoned the home teams.

Average Score: 21.5 (last week 23.375)

So after huge wins in Montreal and Ottawa the Jackets go back up a couple of points.

Once again the Canadian sites TSN and CBC have us the highest at 19. FoxSports and Yahoo actually have us the lowest this week at 24 (that is usually reserved for CBSSports but they actually has us up 6 spots from their previous rankings).


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