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Changing places: Blue Jackets stay hot, Predators’ struggles continue

Mar 19, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets might not have the best streak of the 2013 season, but it’s likely the least expected.

The increasingly scrappy bunch held off a desperate Nashville Predators squad to win 4-3 on Tuesday, improving their point streak to 11 games (7-0-4).

That run suddenly thrusts the Blue Jackets into the thick of things. They’re now ranked 10th in the West with 30 points in 30 games played. The eight-place San Jose Sharks and ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes* have 30 points with less games played, but it’s impressive that the Blue Jackets are this close.

Tuesday’s game felt like a reversal of fortune in many ways. While Columbus keeps scrapping out points by a small margin of error, the Predators look hapless on an ugly four-game losing streak. Nashville is also 4-10-1 since Feb. 16, with its vaunted defense faltering dramatically in recent games.

We’ll see if these trends continue, but for one night, it looked like two teams on opposite paths.

* – Coyotes game in progress.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    My goodness , how about #72 , he’s the reason were winning our games , he steals these games for us , but also we’ve tightened up in front of him and our offense is doing play , not great but decent but with the way Bobrovsky is playing , we hardely need any offense , philly’s gonna regret trading him

    • hockeyfan28 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      There are alot of flyers fans that didn’t want to see him traded cause they knew he had this kinda talent
      Bob is about the 10 trade the flyers regret this last year

  2. govtminion - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    If the Jax had started the year playing like this, they’d be preparing for a playoff run. As it is, I hope they keep it up and sneak in- those fans deserve to get a taste of postseason hockey (yes, I know, that Detroit series a few years back, but come on)

  3. csilojohnson - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Go Bob!!!

  4. boltsfan777 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Jackets are my #2 team this year. Even when they were losing, I was watching some of the games and they were playing very hard and looked very competitive. I think a Jackets run would be great for hockey and the small market teams.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      BJs and Jets for Stanley Cup Final, bro. w00t. YOLO.

  5. redlegs7 - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Let’s call it as it is. Columbus is a Buckeye town. With OSU “expected” to do fairly well in the tourney, a lot of eyes have been away from Nationwide and the Jackets. But, if they keep winning, along with the buzz of new knowledgeable management, Nationwide will be rocking here in the spring. This time of year is great isn’t it?

  6. tfaltin - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Get excited Jacket fans! Young, hardworking group, and I’d expect their young talent like Atkinson and Johansen to pick it up later this year and into next season as they get more NHL experience.

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