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The Columbus Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion franchise alongside the Minnesota Wild. Their first game was a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 2000. For the first 12 years of its history, the team played in the Western Conference before switching to the Eastern Conference for the 2013-14 season. The franchise struggled during the early part of its history and didn’t reach the postseason until 2008-09. In total, the team has made six postseason appearances and has advanced past the first round once. 

10 Blue Jackets Takeaways From Islanders Loss & Blues Win

The Columbus Blue Jackets completed their 28th and 29th games of the season on Thursday and Friday night. They lost to the New York Islanders 7-3 and defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-2. There was a lot that happened that was good, bad and ugly for the Blue Jackets. Here are our 10 takeaways from the two games. Islanders Score Was Deceptive Anyone that just looked at the final box score and saw the Blue Jackets lost 7-3 probably think it was just another typical outing of late in which the team was outclassed. It was another typical outing but…

Blue Jackets & Islanders Are Heading Into Must-Win Territory

It goes without saying that the upcoming game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New York Islanders will be a tense one. Specifically, both teams enter this game with much uncertainty about the head coaches, Pascal Vincent and Lane Lambert. Two teams have already replaced their head coaches with the Edmonton Oilers hiring Kris Knoblach and the Minnesota Wild hiring John Hynes, and this season looks like the one where coaching changes are more common. A loss by the Blue Jackets or the Islanders can only further warm up the hot seat for Vincent and Lambert. The Blue Jackets…

Blue Jackets’ Robinson Trade Was First of Many Difficult Decisions

The Columbus Blue Jackets have made their first trade of the 2023-24 season. No, it’s not a blockbuster that we might have expected shipping out a goalie or a defenseman, as had been rumored in recent weeks. It was longtime bottom-six grinder Eric Robinson who was a casualty of circumstance and traded to the Buffalo Sabres in return for a conditional seventh-round pick. It shouldn’t be too surprising since Robinson is in the final year of his contract and was put on waivers to be demoted to the American Hockey League (AHL) earlier this season. The 28-year-old has found his…

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Blue Jackets FAQ

What year were the Columbus Blue Jackets founded?

The Columbus Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000 as an expansion franchise alongside the Minnesota Wild.

When did the Columbus Blue Jackets play their first game?

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ first game was a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 7, 2000.

Who is the current head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets?

The Columbus Blue Jackets currently do not have a head coach; however Brad Larsen coached the team in 2022-23.