directory Light the Lamp - a Columbus Blue Jackets blog: Week 21 Power Rankings - hangin in there

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Week 21 Power Rankings - hangin in there
Rank: 13 (unchanged)
With just five goals in the last four games -- three of which were losses -- the Blue Jackets desperately need an offensive infusion before the deadline if they are going to hold their playoff position.
Rank: 16 (+1)
Rookie goalie Steve Mason continues to lead the league in shutouts with eight.
Rank: 11 (+1)
Looking for help down the middle.
Rank: 19 (-2)
The Blue Jackets have a balanced schedule the rest of the way, playing nine times on the road and 10 times at home. What’s interesting about the remaining trips is the fact they never go out for more than two games. A dozen games remain against Central rivals, however, and Columbus is just 5-6-1 against that group thus far.
Rank: 14 (-2)
Three goals on a three-game road trip. If that doesn't highlight the need for a scoring forward, what will?
Rank: 12 (+2)
Somehow Columbus remains in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race despite a horrible 12.5 percent power play.
Rank: 15 (+1)
(.540) The bad news to come out of Week 21 for the Blue Jackets was that the club only scored three goals in three games. The good news was that one tally was all the team needed Thursday night for a win over Edmonton, keeping the Jackets in the playoff race in the West.
Rank: 13 (-4)
Scott Howson, the lonely eyes of Jackets nation turn to you. This team's wrung about as much out of its talent as it can. They work hard, but there's no finish -- evidenced by just a single goal in each of the last three games. Time to man up and bring in some help?and we're not talking depth here. It's gotta be a top-six forward. Actually, make it two.
Rank: 12 (-1)
Steve Mason's league-best eighth shutout on the season tied a Ken Dryden's 37-year-old record for rookies.

Meta-score: 13.8 (Last week: 14.2)

The Jackets are hangin in there but if the losses keep piling up then we know the plunge in these rankings won't be far behind.

Boys need to find a way to grind out a point or two tomorrow in Detroit to make this week productive.


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