COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are smooth sailing near the top of the Western Conference, only 2 points behind the Conference-leading Minnesota Wild and appear to be gaining steam, having gone 6-3-1 over the past few weeks. The St. Louis Blues, however, are tied for last in the Conference (Anaheim doesn't count) and appear to be sinking deeper and deeper with every game. GM Phil's squad is on a 2-game losing streak and is 2-8-0 in their last 10 games played.

"The Blues are 30th in the league on the penalty kill, 28th in goals against per game, 25th in goals for per game.. and the list goes on. I don't know if it's a case of poor management or if the players have lost confidence in their GM, but this is a team that needs to get back on course", said Blue Jackets GM Eric.

As for Columbus, the Jackets welcomed the return of powerforward Ryan Malone earlier this week. Malone, who missed 5 games with an undisclosed injury, adds much needed grit to the top line and is a key component of the team's success. Also on the injury front, winger T.J. Oshie has been skating with the team and is expected to return to the lineup within 2 weeks. Oshie has been sidelined since suffering an injury in the team's 2nd game of the season.

"Once Oshie returns, the spread between the Jackets and the Blues will only grow bigger", said one NEFHL analyst.

-BJ Express