It has been an eventful week for the Columbus Blue Jackets (34-26-6) who now are ranked second in the Metropolitan Division. The week began with an emotional game against the Dallas Stars (32-23-10) which was postponed after Stars player Rich Peverley collapsed and was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the first period. The following two games resulted in an exciting win against the Flyers and a shoot-out loss against the Sharks. It has been an overall exciting week for the team that may be hitting their peak once again.
While the team had an amazing month of January they seemed to face a bit of a struggle right before the February Olympic Break. But, they have appeared to have left those struggles behind them this month as they continue to make an aggressive showing in all of their games.
The month is half over and for the remainder of it the team will have to face some other competitive and highly ranked teams. Their showing in those games could really make or break the teams chances at continuing into the post season.
With that being said, even though the team lost defenseman Ryan Murray last week for probably the remainder of the season, they have recently been able to activate defenseman Fedor Tyutin off of the injured reserves. Tyutin has not played since the Olympic break where he injured his ankle while playing for his home nation of Russia. He currently ranks third in the team’s defensemen in points. While the Blue Jackets will miss Murray’s presence on the rink, hopefully having Tyutin back will help them continue on the road to success.
There is just under a month left in the season and right now is the perfect time for the Blue Jackets to be playing at the best of their ability. Furthermore, the team in the upcoming weeks they are set to face the New York Rangers (35-28-4) who are currently ranked third in the Metropolitan Division; if the team can pull off that win, they will be able to separate themselves even farther from their closest competitor.
If the Columbus Blue Jackets can continue to succeed this month they should be in a solid position to extend their play into the post season.
Think they can do it?
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