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Another One

January 16, 2008

The Blue Jackets got a win last night and I am sure that at this point in the season, Ken Hitchcock is taking them one at a time.  The NHL and the Western Conference is so log-jammed that, with the exception of Detroit, the whole playoff standings may not be decided until the final week of the season.  The Jackets stormed out of the gate last night, but Vancouver caught up to them by the second period and then it was a fencing match until Jason Chimera skated hard to the net with his stick on the ice.

Everybody was happy after the game, with the Jackets winning and Kris Beech getting a goal.  I heard some criticism of Rick Nash after the game, but the team has Nikolai Zherdev picking up the slack to compensate.  If Fedrik Modin can play, it will be interesting to see how the other teams try to match.  As everyone saw last night, it was extremely difficult for Columbus to match up against the Sedins, but imagine if Vancouver had another line that was effective during the game.  It would not have been pretty.  So if the CBJ can throw Rick Nash out on one line and Zherdev on another, and then mix in the refreshed David Vyborny, Modin, and Sergei Fedorov and maybe get some numbers from the Fritsche-Chimera-Malhotra line, look out.  What if Gilbert Brule comes back from Syracuse with his confidence back?  What if Ron Hainsey and Rusty Klesla keep playing their recent games?

Five tough road games await the Jackets.  I’ll take five points, but seven is not unrealistic.

-Truth Serum

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