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Blue Jackets heating up at right time

Blue Jackets heating up at right time
Published On: Sat, Mar 10
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Pierre-Luc Dubois puts on a team jersey after being selected as the number three overall draft pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been baffling for some time now, and they might have pushed John Tortorella to the edge recently, making him wonder if some of the teams struggling players are daydreaming about the off-season.

One could almost picture Seth Jones responding with: Dont book any reservations just yet.

The 23-year-old beefed up whats already a career-best season with two goals on Friday as the Blue Jackets did what they had to do in edging the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. With that, the Blue Jackets have won four games in a row, giving themselves a real shot at either maintaining a wild card spot or advancing in the Metro if others stumble:

Metro top three:

Penguins: 82 points in 68 games, 37 ROW
Capitals: 81 points, 67 GP, 34 ROW
Flyers: 79 points, 68 GP, 32 ROW

Bubble:

Blue Jackets, first wild card: 77 points, 69 GP, 30 ROW
Devils, second WC: 76 points, 68 GP, 30 ROW

Panthers, biggest WC threat: 73 points, 65 GP, 31 ROW

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The Blue Jackets might feel a little anxious in seeing the Panthers with so many games in hand, but Columbus does get to impact its own destiny to some extent. They play one more game against the Flyers (March 15), Panthers (March 22), and Penguins (April 5). (Odd coincidence: all three of those games fall on Thursdays.) They dont face the Devils or Capitals again during the 2017-18 regular season, however.

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