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How the West Can be Won

by Bob McElligott / Columbus Blue Jackets

January 4

The Blue Jackets practiced Monday at GM Place, in Vancouver. The team will play the first game of a three-game Western Canadian road swing here tomorrow. There are many questions plaguing this team during this trip. The biggest one is how to score goals. In the past 10 games, the team has scored a total of 13 goals. They've only won one of those games.

Solving the goal scoring problem is simple on the surface, get to the front of the net. Everybody says it, but not enough do it. You would think that with the way the rules are enforced in today's game that forwards would go to that area more often because you don't have to pay the same physical price you did prior to the lock-out. It still takes a special player to do it and this team has some of those.

The confidence level is probably at a season low, but that can change in a hurry. All they need is a win or two in order to believe in themselves again. Vancouver was a good place to be early in the season. Remember when Roberto Luongo was chased out of the net after giving up four goals on twelve shots?

All it takes is a combination of want, desire and sickness. The want to win, the desire to win and being sick and tired of losing should provide enough motivation. The talent to do it isn't in question. It's the heart of the team that needs to start pounding again.

*Throughout the season, AAA will bring you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Bobby Mac", "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings." The Columbus Blue Jackets radio and television analysts will try to keep you updated on all the season action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets are on the road.

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