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Around the NHL: Pluses and minuses from the last week
Around the NHL: Pluses and minuses from the last week

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Despite losing 223 man-games to injuries, the Columbus Blue Jackets have continued to surge. They're 9-1-1 in December, including 5-1-1 at home, and have one game left to match their club record of 10 victories in a month. They've fueled their success by killing 23 consecutive penalties and cashing in on nine of 32 power plays (28.1%) this month. + The season is speeding toward the halfway mark and the Nashville Predators are vying for first in the Central Division after not reaching the playoffs last season. The difference? Goaltender Pekka Rinne is healthy and they've avoided...

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