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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, as you know, are playoff-bound and will begin their opening round series on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. These two Metropolitan Division rivals played a five-game season series in 2013-14, with the Penguins taking all five tightly-contested games...but the beauty of playoff hockey is that starting today, it's a fresh start and all that matters is Game 1 at the CONSOL Energy Center.

In this week's Power Rankings, we're taking a look at five players to watch in this Stanley Cup playoffs series. Are you ready for postseason hockey, friends? Of course you are: #BecauseItsTheCup. 




SIDNEY CROSBY
2013-14: 36 GOALS, 68 ASSISTS (5 GWG)



This guy needs no introduction, and with 104 points in 80 games, Crosby has safely wrapped up another Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. He's the Penguins' go-to guy and an elite player that can take over a game, which means he will have the Blue Jackets' complete and undivided attention whenever he's on the ice. 


 

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