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Community Spotlight: Jan. 31

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

(photo: Columbus Underground)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is our weekly look around the #CBJ community to see what's being talked about, debated, and highlighted by the greatest fans in the National Hockey League. Have a suggestion or submission for next week's edition? Hit up @RobMixer on Twitter and let him know.

Happy Friday, everyone!

With the Olympic break looming, it's getting down to crunch time for NHL teams in the playoff race and the Blue Jackets are smack dab in the middle of it as the unofficial "second half" awaits. Next week's road trip through California is a big test, the two home games this weekend are ultra-important, and then we'll have a pretty good gauge of where this team stands.

As you can imagine, the eight-game winning streak (and the following skid...sad face) have generated a lot of conversation in the online community. The highs, lows, debates...all of it has lit up social media and the blogosphere, which is why we're here to condense it all into one easy-to-read list. You ready for it?

Here are this week's links...

- Mike Majeski from FanSided and Union & Blue has the latest Ohio Hockey Roundup, bringing you the latest on hockey in the Buckeye State.

- Another from Union & Blue...the staff asks "what's changed?" after the team's recent eight-game winning streak.

- Here's the latest CBJ Prospects Week In Review from our guy at The Union Blue.

- Great piece here from Dan Kamal at on rookie defenseman Ryan Murray, who's playing like a veteran in his rookie NHL season.

- This is a fun story, too: Alison Lukan of profiles the Jackets' original booster club - the Jacket Backers - and their commitment both to the team and our community. 

- Here's a Metro Division update from Dan P. at SB Nation's Cannon blog.

See you next Friday - same time, same place!

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