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Blue Jackets Notebook: November 5

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Head coach Ken Hitchcock is excited about the possibility of a veteran line, which would include Michael Peca, Raffi Torres and Fredrik Modin.



Modin played his first game in a couple weeks on Monday and Hitchcock liked what he saw.

"I think until he ran out of gas, he was great," Hitchcock said Wednesday. "He looked like the old Freddie for the first 25-30 minutes."

Hitchcock understands that both Modin and Torres need a little more time to get up to speed, Torres returned from injury a few days earlier than Modin.

"When they play together, they're an awful tough line to play against," Hitchcock said. "They are very similar to Cole-Pisani-Moreau line for the Oilers.

"For Edmonton to have success, that lines got to stay together too, because it's a physically dominating line and we have the same opportunity with Torres, Peca and Modin together."

Depth

Columbus fans have not seen a 100-percent healthy club and that will continue tonight with Pascal Lelclaire and Rostislav Klesla still out of the lineup. However, Htichcock can choose from any of the remaining 22 players for right now and likes the depth this team has accumulated.

"We really think this is the deepest we've ever been," Hitchcock said.

This Week's List

Here is the list of three Blue Jackets players with a game-winning goal this season:

Rick Nash (2)
Andrew Murray
Derek Dorsett

Quote of the Week

"Him at 80-percent is better than a lot of guys in the league."

- Columbus Head Coach Ken Hitchcock on rookie forward Derick Brassard's return to the lineup on Wednesday night versus Edmonton.

Stat of the Week

85

- Shots on goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past two games (Nov. 1 vs. Chicago - 51 and Nov. 3 at NY Islanders - 34).
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