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It’s been a painful offseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus knew that Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky were likely to depart over the summer, but it didn’t make their departure hurt any less. That has left the Blue Jackets as a longshot to win it all per the Stanley Cup betting odds.
Things aren’t all bad for the Blue Jackets though. John Tortorella is still the man behind the bench for Columbus, and the franchise did successfully lure winger Gustav Nyquist to the city in free agency. That has fans at least a little optimistic heading into the season.
Columbus Blue Jackets at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +5000
Eastern Conference Odds: +2750
Columbus made history last season by sweeping the best regular season team in NHL history in the first round of the playoffs. The Blue Jackets broke the will of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 after overcoming a three-goal deficit to win, and Tortorella smiled as his former team unraveled to lift Columbus to its first playoff series victory.
Artemi Panarin led the team with 87 points, while Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall in net throughout the year. Unfortunately, the best season in franchise history ended in disappointment though as Columbus lost to the Boston Bruins 4-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Playoffs
Without Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes, Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins have split time in net this season for the Blue Jackets. Korpisalo has seen a little more action, but Merzlikins has the better numbers. Merzlikins is 13-9-8 with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage, while Korpisalo is 19-12-5 with a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage. Still, John Tortorella has yet to tip his hand regarding who will be his primary goaltender.
Columbus will face Toronto in a five-game series between August 2 and August 9. The two teams both finished the regular season with 81 points, but the Blue Jackets are hoping to benefit from being in a much more difficult division. The Metropolitan was easily the toughest division in the NHL this season.
It’s rather fitting that these teams will be meeting in the postseason, since they kicked off the season against one another. The Maple Leafs upended the Blue Jackets 4-1 in their season opener, but Columbus responded with a 4-3 overtime victory in Toronto in their only other meeting this year.
The Blue Jackets had the second-worst offense in the Eastern Conference during the regular season, so this team will have to figure out how to produce some goals. Columbus netted just 180 goals in 70 games, and the Blue Jackets were one of two playoff teams in the conference with under 210 goals on the year.
Pierre-Luc Dubois led the team with 49 points, while Oliver Bjorkstrand and Zach Werenski each netted 20 goals. The lack of a 50-point player or a consistent goal scorer really hurts the Blue Jackets’ chances, and the power play was also one of the most anemic advantages in the NHL.
Last Five Seasons
||Lost Conference Semifinals
||Lost First Round
||Lost First Round
||Did Not Qualify
||Did Not Qualify
Columbus Blue Jackets History
The Blue Jackets have been in the league for two decades, and they have never finished better than third in their division. Columbus finished dead last in the Western Conference’s Central Division for each of their first three seasons, and they finished either fourth or fifth in every year but one of the 13 seasons they spent in that division.
This franchise didn’t win a playoff game until moving to the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division for the 2013-2014 season. Columbus tried and failed to get out of the first round three times, but the Blue Jackets finally broke through in a big way during the 2018-19 season. The Blue Jackets stunned the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning in four games with John Tortorella getting revenge on his former team. It took 19 seasons for Columbus to get its first postseason series win.
Eastern Conference - Atlantic
Eastern Conference - Metropolitan
Western Conference - Central
Western Conference - Pacific
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