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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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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp