Critics have temporarily been silenced in the motor city with the improved play of the team. The acquisition of Sean Burke and a few minor line tweaks has not only reversed the teamâ€™s free fall but has in fact allowed them to climb back to 4th spot in the Western conference. At this juncture the only possibility way to climb any further is to catch and pass the division leading Jackets who currently have a five point lead which makes tonightâ€™s home and home series so important. While Detroit has been 3-0 versus the Jackets this season those games were all played early in the season. Since then there has been a reversal in fortunes as well as significant personnel change for both teams and as such all bets are off on who may come out ahead in the final 3 meetings. While GM Niece expressed confidence is his ability to counter his opponents lineup he was not above hedging his bets. In a pre-emptive move GM Niece has called upon and made the appropriate offers to Lord Bufu in hopes he may jinx the Blue Jackets.