Blue Jackets – Lightning Game 1 Notes: Same Series, Different Teams

Blue Jackets – Lightning Game 1 Notes: Same Series, Different Teams

August 12th, 2020 It's the same series as the first round of last year’s playoffs - the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But these are two substantially different teams from those that met last year, when Columbus won all four games. The Blue Jackets lost top stars to free agency, while the...
Blue Jackets/Lightning: 5 Specific Things To Watch For

Blue Jackets/Lightning: 5 Specific Things To Watch For

August 11th, 2020 The Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning will kick off their first-round playoff matchup on Tuesday afternoon in Toronto. It is an eagerly anticipated rematch from last season when the Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world and swept the President's Trophy winners out of the...

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August 10th, 2020
Blue Jackets History

The Columbus Blue Jackets have only made the postseason five times in their 19 season existence (six if you include this season). In those five appearances, they've only advanced to the second round once and have a record of just 12-21. Related: The Good & the Bad: The Columbus Blue Jackets Under GM Scott Howson At first glance, you might think the Blue Jackets just aren't a good playoff team, however, a closer examination might tell you, they're just outmatched. Four out five times they were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champion or a team that lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. This article will explore what opponents they have faced in the postseason, how far they made it, and what factors play into this pattern. The Blue Jackets' Opponents The Blue Jackets have played in very few postseasons, making it easier to look at the teams that have eliminated them. Only two playoff opponents will not be featured in this section; the 2013-14 Pittsburgh...
August 9th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

It all comes down to this. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs will play Game 5 of their Stanley Cup Qualifer series Sunday night. This marks the first time in Blue Jackets' franchise history that they are playing in a true elimination game. They've never played in a Game 7 before. What are we watching for? 1. Zach Werenski & Ryan Murray The Blue Jackets do have some good news. Both Zach Werenski and Ryan Murray are in the Game 5 lineup. While that's a huge sigh of relief, questions do remain. The biggest question is just how healthy are they? Werenski had an MRI Saturday after missing the last half of the third period and all of overtime in Game 4. There's obvious discomfort but it's not severe enough to keep him from playing. It will be interesting to watch how he reacts to certain plays. How will he take or give a hit? Will his shot be altered in anyway? As for Murray, he missed Game 4 and Tortorella confirmed it was injury related. Recall Murray...
August 8th, 2020
Columbus Blue Jackets

Is a 3-0 lead the new “most dangerous lead in hockey”? For the second straight night, a team lost a three-goal lead, then lost the game in OT. This time it was the Toronto Maple Leafs beating the Columbus Blue Jackets to force a deciding Game 5 in their Qualifying Round series. The Blue Jackets had three attempts at an empty net in the final four minutes of the game, and didn’t score.  Empty net. Big empty net. (The Hockey Writers) If any one of the three empty net attempts had gone in, it would have sealed the win (we suppose) and sent the Blue Jackets to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Instead, the Maple Leafs scored three times in 3:33 – with goalie Frederik Andersen on the bench – to tie the score and send the game to OT. Ten seconds after Columbus captain Nick Foligno went to the penalty box on a look-closely-then-talk-to-me tripping penalty, Auston Matthews, left all alone, buried the puck. Related: Blue Jackets Still Have...
August 8th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

Did that just really happen? Or was this all a crazy dream? It's the next day and I'm still not convinced this is real. Somehow, we will have a Game 5 on Sunday night between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs. Game 4 seemingly was over. It was 3-0 Blue Jackets with just under four minutes to go. Morgan Rielly was seen on the bench visibly upset after things for most of the night didn't go the Maple Leafs way. For almost 57 minutes, the Blue Jackets were in control of things. But then, they lost control of everything. Related: 5 Takeaways From the Maple Leafs Comeback Win In one of most chaotic three-minute stretches in NHL history, the Maple Leafs came all the way back just one night after blowing their own 3-0 lead. They scored three times all with Frederik Andersen pulled including the tying goal with just 22 seconds to go. Then eventually, Auston Matthews scored the game-winning goal on the power play. The Blue Jackets followed up one of their best...

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Blue Jackets' Draft History

Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017