Feb 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) celebrates with his team after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Shifts: California Dreamin', Olympic Threads, Fluky Isles

It’s Tuesday and I am going to need a few cups of copy to make up for all that late night hockey! Here’s today’s Quick Shifts!

Are you a fan of one of the team’s from California? If so, last night was not a good one for you. Anaheim, Los Angeles, and San Jose lost by a combined score of 14-8. Columbus, Chicago, and Philly got big wins on the road against what have been some of the better teams in the NHL.

We are rapidly approaching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. One of my favorite things leading up to the Olympic games is the unveiling of each countries hockey jerseys. Over at Icethetics, they have a breakdown of every jersey that we will see next week, as well as interactive polls and a rating system to voice your opinion on each of them.

I’ll admit that at the start of the season, I believed that the Islanders were not a fluke and had a good chance of being one of the playoff teams in the East. Now, with a quarter of the season remaining, it appears that New York’s playoff hopes are rapidly fading. Over at Eyes on Isles, Joe Powers takes a look at what went wrong, as well as the positives that Isles fans can take out of what can only be described as a disappointing step backward.

After a slow start to the 2013-14 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets are looking a lot like the team we saw nearly make the playoffs in 2013. Over at Union and Blue, Julia Lawrence asks a valid question: should the Jackets make a move at the trade deadline? There are several rumors that they are looking to make some moves, but Columbus has a good thing going right now. Why upset the chemistry that has formed with this team. In reality, I don’t think we will see a big move like the Marian Gaborik trade this year. Instead, the Jackets may look to make moves that will allow them to utilize some of their talent at the AHL. Sometimes having too many players at a position could be a good thing.

That’ll do it for today’s Quick Shifts. Look for more NHL news throughout the day, as well as our new feature, Channel Surfing, which gets you ready for all of tonight’s NHL action!

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