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Power Rankings pres. by YP: Mar. 17

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.

The Blue Jackets are in the thick of a frantic sprint to the finish line and in the playoff mix with 15 games to play, and a combination of several things has contributed to their success in 2013-14. But one thing tends to stand out, and that's their 5-on-5 play; not only do the Jackets hold one of the NHL's best goals-per-game rates (No. 8 overall entering Monday's games) but they're doing a solid job defending as a unit. 

As a result, the Blue Jackets own one of the Eastern Conference's best even-strength goals for/against ratios this season, but where exactly do they stand? That's why we're here with another edition of the YP Power Rankings, so follow along as we break down the best of the East!




BOSTON BRUINS
5-on-5 F/A RATIO: 1.55



Any conversation about the top teams in the Eastern Conference starts with two teams: the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins, although many consider the Bruins the team to beat. They play a structured, disciplined style that can madden their opponents and they grind teams down with a balanced lineup that offers a little bit of everything. The Bruins are arguably one of the best 5-on-5 teams in the NHL.


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