After winning back-to-back games in Colorado and New Jersey, the Blue Jackets are now in the midst of the good type of streak -- a winning streak.
With new bench boss John Tortorella, the team appears headed in the right direction. But, admittedly, there's still a steep hill to climb, and a lot of things for fans and media members a like to discuss.
As promised, Tortorella has leaned on Brandon Dubinksy for leadership on and off of the ice, and the forward has been thriving in the role. Center Ryan Johansen missed the last two games (illness), but is expected to be back in the lineup tonight in Washington, while Brandon Saad did not travel with the team to D.C. and will not be playing (illness).
All that and more has been the subject of discussion this week and the internet (as you'd expect) has been all over it.
To start off, here's Union & Blue's piece on the Blue Jackets without Ryan Johansen.
Over at Buckeye State Hockey, the Coach has brought us another stellar goal breakdown. This week's breakdown discusses possession and features two different goals. Check out the play-by-play analysis HERE.
Oh, and, while you're on their website, check out their piece on how the CBJ prospects did this past week.
The Hockey Writers put together a nice Q&A with defenseman Jack Johnson. Here's an excerpt:
THW: Has coach Tortorella changed much here, in regards to the structure of your game or things you weren’t doing?
JJ: He hasn’t changed a ton, maybe the biggest thing he’s changing is our mental approach to the game. I don’t think it’s any secret that maybe we were fragile there for a little bit. He’s come in and instilled some confidence and swagger back into our team, knowing that we are a good team. His presence back there on the bench just trickles down to all the players. So we’re excited and thrilled to have him here.
Click HERE to read the full interview.