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Wild Card Pressure

from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, with 10 games remaining, were one of the two Eastern Conference teams in wild-card positions yesterday and one of four that began the day with 80 points. It doesn’t get much tighter.

The sky will fall with every loss, but only if the Blue Jackets let it, said Upper Arlington-based psychologist Jim Reardon, who works with the team.

Despite being inexperienced in the ways of the playoff push, “The players probably handle it better than everyone else,” Reardon said.

“The ups and downs are probably not as high and low as they are for people on the outside.”

Defenseman Fedor Tyutin said nobody was as glum as the players appeared to be after the loss to the Islanders.

“It’s not good to look back, because everybody realizes the importance of the next game,” Tyutin said. “That’s what we live for.”


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