Written by: Matthew Ruskan (@MRuskun)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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In the words of the great Lou Brown from Major League II, “OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, that's called "two in a row". And if we win again tomorrow, that's called a "winning streak"... It has happened before!”
Well, guess what!?!?! The Columbus Blue Jackets are on an official winning streak!!! Three games in a row, and it was done in epic fashion! After final scores of 2-1 and 4-3 over the Florida Panthers, and then a confidence boosting win over one of the best teams in the entire NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Jackets look to be back on track. The Lightning have scored the most goals in the league this season and the CBJ kept them to only one goal, while piercing Ben Bishop three times.
One of the most impressive things is that two of the wins were on the road, which has got to give the team confidence. The one negative thing that came out of this trip was that Brandon Dubinsky, while he traveled and practiced with the team, did not take the ice as expected on Saturday against the Lightning. This week makes it over two weeks since he was supposed to return from his abdominal surgery.
Hopefully he returns soon, but the fact that it is taking so long does worry me about his durability in the future. Dubinsky is a key for this team. Without a good number-two center, a team is going to struggle. The Jackets need one of their leaders in the middle of the ice back ASAP and fully healthy.
On top of this, a very tough week is approaching for the Jackets. It starts with the Philadelphia Flyers at Nationwide. The Flyers have looked terrible of late, but that means they are angry. Claude Giroux is going to go off at some point, so the Columbus back-line is going to have to be at the top of their game. Then the Jackets take a trip to the nation’s capital and a game against the Capitals in D.C. is never easy. This is especially true if the Jackets keep up their propensity to taking penalties and give Alexander Ovechkin multiple chances to blast away. Finally, the almost unstoppable Pittsburgh Penguins come to Columbus. Pitt is one of the toughest teams to play because they have so much talent throughout the lineup. If the Jackets can win two of these games, it is going to be a huge confidence booster.