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Coming down the stretch, Blue Jackets pack on experience while playing pressure-packed games

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 1:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Coming down the stretch, Blue Jackets pack on experience while playing pressure-packed games

COLUMBUS, Ohio - There are a lot of reasons why the Columbus Blue Jackets won't make the playoffs, and really only one why they might.

Last in the NHL not so terribly long ago, they've surprised everyone all season. Why not once more?

A cynic would point out they have too many road games (6) and too few at home (2); that the remaining opponents are daunting; and that there are too many good teams to overcome.

Yet after Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over San Jose, the young and restless Blue Jackets are just two points behind eighth-place Detroit with eight games left to play.

If they make it, or if they don't, the club figures to gain from the experience.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie