directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 10 Power Rankings:

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Week 10 Power Rankings:

Wow.. already up to week 10...!
Rank: 16 (+4)
Rookie netminder Steve Mason hasn't allowed more than three goals in ten straight starts, giving the Jackets a fighting chance most nights.
Rank: 24 (+2)
No, we don’t expect R.J. Umberger to play top-line center any longer than necessary. Nothing against Umberger, one of the more versatile forwards in the league, but the Blue Jackets have to find the answer and they’re hoping that the fast start of rookie Derick Brassard’s career signals they have a worthy candidate.
Rank: 26
Have to be better on the road.
Rank: 23 (+2)
By picking up a point in each game last week, Mike Commodore helped the Blue Jackets win two of the three games they played. Included in the three points was his first goal of the year, which turned out to be a huge tally as it allowed Columbus to tie up a game it eventually won in overtime.
Rank: 18 (+5)
Steve Mason is staking his claim to the No. 1 job. The rookie is 8-5-1 with a 1.97 GAA and a .922 save percentage since his recall last month.
Rank: 21 (+1)
Are the Blue Jackets afraid of success? They haven't won or lost more than three in a row, and they haven't been two games above .500.
Rank: 23 (-1)
Steve Mason continues his strong play in net for the Blue Jackets, but the team's inability to hold on to a lead could really hurt them as their schedule doesn't get any easier this month.
Rank: 23 (+3)
Rookie Derick Brassard’s 24 points in 29 games is impressive, but his team-leading plus-12 is even better.
Rank: 26 (-1)
Solid team at home, but need to get much better on the road, where they play eight of their next 11 games
Rank: 22 (+1)
Not to toss a wet blanket on a two-game win streak, but this looks like a tough week for the Jackets: four straight against Pacific opponents, a group that's beaten them in eight of nine already this season.

Meta-score: 22.2 (last week 24)

The Jackets move up this week coming off two wins.

TSN has the Jackets all the way up to 16th while CBC ranks them all the way down at 26th. Only one of the rankings dropped the Jackets and that was ESPN by one spot.


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