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Monday Evening Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

-  I have zero evidence they've actually discussed this, but does Dustin Byfuglien not strike you as the kind of guy Adam Oates would love a shot at coaching?

- On Feb. 23, 2012, Los Angeles was dead last in goals for, fourth-best in goals against. GM Dean Lombardi went out and got Jeff Carter. Over the final 21 games of the season, the Kings jumped from 2.1 to 3.1 goals per night, and we all remember the playoffs. Look out, Mr. Lombardi is searching for offence again. They are the best defensive team in the league and 20th in scoring.

- Columbus fought its way back into the playoff picture, four back of the wild card with games in hand. They are 4-1 since Nathan Horton joined the group, and he's formed a nice, aggressive line with Artem Anisimov and Boone Jenner. GM Jarmo Kekalainen said Horton's biggest effect is that he's a calm presence. "He's been through everything."

The Blue Jackets' lone loss in that span was 6-2 to St. Louis. Liked Kekalainen's take on the Blues: "They have a level we do not have. That's what we have to get to."

more plus a look at the Jets...

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