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We're eating our words about Columbus ... and checking in with Big Al

Updated: January 15, 2009, 3:35 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

The last time we checked in on the Columbus Blue Jackets for you puckheads was about a month ago, when we predicted dire things for the NHL club after it lost sensational rookie center Derick Brassard.

Ah, the egg is on your blogger's face right now.

The Jackets have not only survived, but they have also found a way to gain traction in the tough Western Conference standings, sitting in the last playoff spot by one point before NHL action Thursday night.

And ...

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