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The Countdown Continues: 7 Games To Go!

The season is down to 7 games in 10 days. On the surface, game 8 didn’t turn out bad, taking 1 point from a strong Colorado team, but it was a bitter pill to swallow losing that second point. All five goals in the 3-2 overtime loss were touched last by CBJ players, becoming almost comical by the end. Goalie Bob, and the defense in front of him played great all night, but the friendly fire was too much to overcome. It was made all the worse when Detroit beat Boston last night 3-2, to pull 3 points ahead of the Jackets for the first wildcard spot.

Now there are just seven games left. Still in a playoff spot if the season ended now, Columbus is looking up at the red hot New York Rangers, who clinched a playoff spot last night, and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight will let us know if the final 6 games are going to be a chase for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, or a fight with Detroit to hold onto one of the wildcard slots. We’ve played well against Philadelphia all year, taking two out of three from them. The only loss against the Flyers this year was in a complete Blue Jackets collapse, where our guys turned a 3-0 third period lead on the road into a 5-4 regulation loss. It makes me shudder just thinking about that game and the two points we’d all like to have back this time of year. In the second and third match ups, we handled the Flyers pretty well at Nationwide Arena. Tonight the fight goes back to the Wells Fargo Center, where the Blue Jackets have never won (thank you bluejackets.com for that depressing stat).

The boys have been skating well the past week in highly competitive games against the Red Wings, Penguins, Hurricanes and Avalanche, with varying degrees of success. Tonight the Blue Jackets need to bring the hustle for 60 minutes, and put one solidly in the win column. The formula will remain the same, with a need to emphasis a heavy and consistent forecheck, play good defense in our own zone, and put pucks on net against our old goalie Steve Mason. Every game feels like the biggest of the season and tonight it just might be. Until the next game. Either way I’ll be on the edge of my seat when the puck drops shortly after 7pm tonight. Go Jackets!

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