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It Starts With Defense In Columbus

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

"I was asked the question when I first got there, 'How do you compare this to what you went through in St. Louis?'" Davidson, the Blue Jackets' first-year president of hockey operations, told NHL.com. "I said, 'I think it's a little different because this team has a better defense.' You can see the strength of this team, aside from Bob [Sergei Bobrovsky], is the defense. This team has played to its strength, and that's its goals-against.

"Keep the puck out of the net, give yourselves a chance. Everybody has bought in."

But nobody, not even Davidson, could have seen this coming two months ago.

The Blue Jackets were 5-12-2 after a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26 gave them a 1-5-0 record on a six-game road trip. Those were the first six games they played after Jarmo Kekalainen replaced Scott Howson as general manager.

Since that point, the Blue Jackets are 16-5-5 because, as Davidson expected, their defense stepped up and Bobrovsky started turning himself into an elite goalie.

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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

It saddens me to watch the Jackets sitting in 8th place and working to get into the playoffs (for only the second time ever) and the Wings sitting in tenth.  Just don’t get the same feeling of effort or urgency from Detroit.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 04/19/13 at 02:08 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

The Beejs will be happy just to get in.  Detroit knows they aren’t contenders, just don’t want to let the streak end.  It’s not really acceptable but that’s what it is.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 04/19/13 at 04:30 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah, for Columbus a playoff appearance might be reason to raise a banner, for crying out loud.  It also might save the entire franchise from what looks like inevitable relocation…

Posted by Primis on 04/19/13 at 10:11 PM ET

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