Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Puck Drops Here 2.4.15: #BlueJackets Mid-Season Review #CBJ

By @CLulovics

Here is the Columbus Blue Jackets mid season review along with a quick short review of the entire league. The Jackets who started the season with almost half of their roster on IR started off slow and at the bottom of the NHL standings had a really good month of December to get themselves back into the playoff picture.

Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno, and Sergei Bobrovsky were all named to the all star game which was held in Columbus over the weekend of January 24th which saw the skills competition and then the game itself held on the 25th. Bobrovsky was injured and could not compete in the game. Nick Foligno was named captain of the home team and selected teammate Ryan Johansen with the first overall pick of the NHL fantasy draft. Team Foligno lost the game to Team Toews by a score of 17-12. Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist while Ryan Johansen had 2 goals and 2 assists and took home the MVP award. Johansen also won the breakaway skills competition on Saturday night. Nashville Predators Shea Webber won the hardest shot at 108.5 mph  (record is 108.8)

Team leaders in points are Nick Foligno and Ryan Johansen both with 45 points. Foligno has 18 goals and 27 assists while Johansen has 19 goals with 26 assists. Scott Hartnell has 10 goals 18 assists for 28 pts. James Wisniewski has 5 goals, 17 assists for 22 pts. And Jack Johnson has 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points, also as of this writing.

Also as of this writing the Anaheim Ducks lead the league with a record of 32-12-6 for 70 points in the Western Conference. In the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings have 64 points and the New York Islanders have 65 points. The Jackets are currently 13 pts out of the last wild card spot but anything can happen and like last year thus team can go on a streak in a month and find themselves back into the playoffs.

Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals leads the league in goals with 29. Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek leads the league in assists with 41 and also leads the league in points with 58. The NHL trade deadline is March 2 at 3pm.

The Blue Jackets are gonna have to stay healthy and play a complete team game from here on out if they want to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

As always Carry The Flag and We Are The 5th Line

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