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Beasts of East hope to be better in West

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Beasts of East hope to be better in West
Advantage Margin: -13
The Blue Jackets did a good job by drawing 301 power plays, but hurt themselves by allowing 314, a total exceeded by only three teams.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -25
Why did the Jackets pay so much for James Wisniewski and bring in Jeff Carter? Their power play was 29th at 14.0 percent, scored only 42 goals and surrendered 11 shorthanded goals.

Goals by defensemen: 30
Fedor Tyutin, not known for his offense, topped all Columbus defensemen with 7 goals, 20 assists and 27 points. The Jackets are counting on Wisniewski (10 goals, 41 assists with the Islanders and Canadiens) to produce the kind of offense Columbus rarely has seen on the blue line.

BLUE JACKETS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 81 (13 West/24 NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +2
Home Points 39 (13 West/27 NHL)
Road Points 42 (12 West/21 NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 10-5-8 OT: 5-5 SO: 5-8

The Jackets lost more shootouts than any team except the Edmonton Oilers. They were OK at home (5-4) but winless on the road (0-4) -- largely because their goaltenders stopped just 11 of 19 attempts away from home.

Times Scored First: 36
Record: 22-9-5

Only five teams, none of which made the playoffs, had a lower winning percentage than Columbus' .611 mark when getting the game's first goal.   

Best 2010-11 Number: 11-4-3
Columbus' record against Eastern Conference teams. Only Detroit (26) had more points against the other conference than the Jackets' 25.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 23-31-10
The Blue Jackets' record against the rest of the Western Conference. Only Colorado and Edmonton, which finished 29th and 30th in the overall standings, respectively, were worse against the West.

Scheduling
The Jackets have no homestand longer than a five-gamer in December. Their toughest stretch runs from early January to early February, when they play 10 of 14 on the road, including a pair of trips to California, the second of which ends a six-game swing.
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It was the look in his eyes. Hockey is the most important thing in his life. He wants to be a hockey player, and nothing's going to stop him from being a hockey player.

— Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on forward Alex Galchenyuk's potential