directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 19 Power Rankings: Get ready!

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Week 19 Power Rankings: Get ready!
Rank: 11 (+9)
The return of Steve Mason jumps the Jackets back into more familiar Rankings territory, though it's worth noting that Dan LaCosta was very impressive in his couple starts, stopping 59 of 61 shots to earn a pair of wins. Key Injuries: D Rostislav Klesla (shoulder), LW Fredrik Modin (knee).
Rank: 19 (+1)
Goalie Steve Mason is 8-1-0 against Eastern Conference competition.
Rank: 16 (+1)
Better hope Mason can keep playing through the mono.
Rank: 14 (+4)
A big week lies ahead. Four winnable games, followed by the last long road trip of the season.
Rank: 16 (+4)
Even mono can't (completely) keep Steve Mason down!
Rank: 16 (+4)
The Blue Jackets won three straight in Week 19, extending their winning streak to four games. Jason Williams and Kristian Huselius each picked up two goals and a game-winner for Columbus.
Rank: 9 (+1)
Tough break for rookie Dan LaCosta, who was returned to the minors despite going 2-0 with a 1.54 GAA during his recent call-up. But this is Steve Mason's team now, and the rookie re-established his claim on the job -- and his Vezina Trophy candidacy -- with faith-restoring wins over the Wings and Canes.
Rank: 9 (+10)
Get ready for a March with meaningful games, Jackets fans
Rank: 12 (+4)
Goaltending continues to be outstanding for the Jackets, who allowed only five goals in a four-game winning streak last week.
Rank: 18 (+3)
Ken Hitchcock has nothing to worry about, an odd statement considering the Blue Jackets could still remain the only team to never appear in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hitchcock is an excellent coach who will turn a team into a winner if players buy into his defense-first, two-way system.


Keep in mind that these scores do not include the back to back wins against St. Louis and Toronto.

That said comes in the highest at 9 while has us at 20.... what possible explanation they have for ranking us that low at this stage I don't know. had us on the move the most jumping us 10 spots up in the standings.

My favorite blood pumping comment out of the bunch:

Get ready for a March with meaningful games, Jackets fans

1 comment:

Hitch Rules said...

Do CNNSI, ESPN and Sportsnet even HAVE a pulse? Those were their only comments? Really?

OK, if they make $2/hr, for their journalism "excellence", it's $2/hr too much!

Keep your fantansies alive for all O-6 and first expansion teams to be highly power-ranked, idiots!