directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 12 Power Rankings: Jackets hold steady

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Week 12 Power Rankings: Jackets hold steady
Rank: 22 (-1)
After getting blanked in back-to-back games, the Blue Jackets turned the tables and blanked the Flyers, which may have been a suitable trade-off for head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Rank: 23 (no change)
Coach Ken Hitchcock went into hiding after Phoenix shut his team out 2-0.
Rank: 22 (+2)
The fans, media and players are tired of hearing it, but patience is still the key in Columbus. The Blue Jackets will again likely miss the cut for the postseason and will have to resist the temptation to get off course in search of a quick fix.
Rank: 19 (-1)
Only two teams have fewer road wins than the Jackets, who have now gone seven games without a victory away from home.
Rank: 23 (-1)
Columbus took part in two 3-0 games last week, but unfortunately the team only skated away with a victory once. Steve Mason was a perfect 20-for-20 on shots against in the Blue Jackets' three-goal win over the Flyers.
Rank: 23 (no change)
Which do you believe most? The 3-0 loss to Los Angeles, or the 3-0 win over Philadelphia? This club is hard to figure.
Rank: 22 (-1)
Columbus embarks on a season-longest, 12-day, six-game road trip that should indicate whether the team is a serious playoff contender.
Rank: 23
Steve Mason's league-leading 1.87 goals-against average makes him the No. 1 contender for the Calder Trophy

Meta-score: 22.13 (last week 22.2)

Without counting the recent wins against the Kings and Ducks the Jackets held steady this week in the rankings. ranks them the highest at 19 while four news group have them the lowest at 23.

Look for the Jackets to take a nice step up the ladder next week based of their recent road success and of course the incredible play of their young goaltender.


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