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Right Wing Conspiracy – 22 APR 2013


Right Wing Conspiracy is a weekly column about hockey, with the odd hockey-related conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure.

If…

…the Columbus Blue Jackets win their remaining two games, they could (theoretically) finish as high as 5th in the Western Conference.

…the Blue Jackets win those two remaining games in regulation or overtime, Detroit can still move ahead of them in the standings by going 4-0-0, or 3-0-1 with at least two regulation or OT wins.

…the Dallas Stars earn a point Tuesday against San Jose, they can move ahead of Columbus with a regulation win over the Jackets Thursday night.

…Columbus had started the season just 8-9-4, rather than 5-12-4, they would currently be sitting in 5th in the Western Conference.

…this were next season (post-realignment), the Blue Jackets would currently be 5th in their division, one point behind the Senators and Rangers for the final Wild Card playoff seed.

…the Jackets win their next two “must-win” games, they can relax:  In the playoffs, they’ll only have to win 4 of every 7 games to stay alive, rather than 8 of their last 9.

…defenseman Tim Erixon couldn’t crack the Rangers top seven but is seeing almost 16 minutes a night with the Jackets, and John Moore was deemed expendable by Columbus but has been compared favorably to Ryan McDonagh by Rangers coach John Tortorella, I guess “fit” outweighs “talent” by a significant margin.

…Columbus finds themselves in a one-goal game, look out:  they’re 14-7-7 this season in games decided by a single goal.

…the Blue Jackets pass the Wild and move into 7th, they’ll play Anaheim in the first round…which could be bad news for the Ducks:  Cbus is 2-1-0 vs. Anaheim this season, with all games decided by one goal (2-3, 2-1OT, 3-2OT).

…on the other hand, the Jackets finish 8th and face Chicago in the first round, they’ll still be competitive:  though the Blackhawks swept the season series with the Blue Jackets, all four games were decided by one goal (3-2, 1-0, 4-3OT, 2-1SO).

as I said last week, Columbus falls short of the playoffs but Sergei Bobrovsky wins the Vezina Trophy, he’ll become just the 2nd goalie ever to win the Vezina on a non-playoff team.

…anyone else said back in July of 2012 that the Columbus Blue Jackets had a shot at the playoffs this season, I’m not aware of it.  In fact, if you Google “Blue Jackets 2013 playoffs, July 2012,” Google just laughs at you.

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About Matt Pryor

Freelance writer of hockey, history and travel. Born and raised in Texas. Saw first hockey game 22 FEB 1980 (USA 4, USSR 3), was instantly hooked. Attended first NHL game 26 DEC 1981 (Colorado Rockies 6, Calgary Flames 3). Semi-retired beer league player. Shoots left.

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