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    Columbus Blue Jackets Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the Columbus Blue Jackets to get you started: 

    Established:1997 (2000 – debut season)
    Stadium:Nationwide Arena
    Colors:Blue, red & silver
    Hall of Famers:Sergei Fedorov
    Hall of Fame Builders:None
    Rivals:Pittsburgh Penguins
    Legends: Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov, Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois & Zach Werenski
    Retired Numbers:None
    Stanley Cup Titles:0

    Columbus Blue Jackets History

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the youngest franchises in the league, established in 1997, the result of a collaborative effort from John H. McConnell and investors from Ohio, the Blue Jackets became Ohio’s first NHL team since the Cleveland Barons in the 1970’s.

    The Blue Jackets were to replace the Columbus Chill, who played in a semi professional hockey league, this was great news for the people of Ohio, who had long called for their own NHL team. 

    In order for the Blue Jackets franchise to work in Columbus, however, they would require a larger home stadium to hold their new fans and to make the business profitable. To achieve this, members of the public agreed to attempt to publicly fund the project, a referendum was held, but was denied by voters of the city.

    In May of 1997, insurance titans, Nationwide, agreed to fund the Blue Jackets stadium, which was erected by the turn of the century and named after it’s investors, Nationwide Arena.

    The Blue Jackets name serves as a tip of the hat to the history of the state of Ohio, referring to the significant contribution the people of Ohio made towards the civil war, as well as an ode to the Blue Jackets worn by the union, which were largely produced in the city of Columbus. 

    The 2000-01 NHL season marked the debut campaign of the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing in the Central Division. The Blue Jackets would finish their debut season with a record of 28-39-9-6, putting them dead last in the division. 

    As a new franchise, there weren’t expectations on the Blue Jackets to come out and do well immediately, instead, fans of the club were excited about what the future might hold.

    Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets would struggle to improve year after year, registering last place division finishes in their first 3 seasons in the NHL, resulting in the firing of head coach Dave King. 

    Despite the Blue Jackets underwhelming performances, there were still positives to take away, star forwards Rick Nash and David Vyborny stood out amongst the rest, putting in consistent performances week after week, and Pascal Leclaire was solid in between the net.

    Upon the return of the NHL in 2005 after the cancellation of the previous season, prospects were beginning to look better for the Blue Jackets. Major signings such as Colorado Avalanche star defenseman, Adam Foote, and future Blue Jackets Hall of Famer, Sergei Fodorov, meant the Blue Jackets looked ready to compete at a higher level.

    While the club did begin to perform better in the years that followed, consistently winning over 30 games for the next three years, something they hadn’t managed to do in their first 4 seasons in the NHL, they still weren’t able to qualify for playoffs.

    The 2008-09 campaign marked the Blue Jackets most successful season since their inception. Coached by Ken Hitchcock, in his third season in charge, the Blue Jackets registered a record of 41-31-10, enough to secure them their first ever spot in the playoffs, where they would be swept by the Red Wings in 4.

    The Blue Jackets slipped back into mediocrity following their solid 2008-09 season, leading to the firing of Hitchcock, as well as subsequent coaches Claude Noel and Scott Arniel, who weren’t able to bring the Blue Jackets back into a playoff position in the seasons that followed.

    By the 2012-13 lockout season, the Blue Jackets were beginning to look stronger, having traded their talisman captain, Rick Nash, this was quite surprising. While only 48 games were played, they finished with a record of 24-17-7, only 5 less wins then they’d had the previous season in nearly half the games.

    Good business on behalf of the franchise’s new General Manager, Jarmo Kekelainen, saw the club make strong trades such as Vezina trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, helping to prepare the Blue Jackets for the future.

    The 2013-14 season saw the Blue Jackets switch from the Central Division in the Western Conference, where they had played every previous season, to the Eastern Conferences’ newly formed, Metropolitan Division. 

    This switch would prove to be a fortuitous one for the Blue Jackets, as they would have their best season since the inception of the club. Finishing the year 43-32-7, for 93 points, the Blue Jackets secured their second ever playoff qualification, which they would once again lose in the first round, a 4-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    After their successful 2013-14 campaign, the Blue Jackets were unable to maintain their form going into the next year, a problem the club had consistently faced over their short history.

    Just 8 games into a disastrous 2015-16 season, the Blue Jackets’ management sacked head coach Todd Richards, announcing the celebrated, Stanley Cup winning coach, John Tortorella, as his replacement. While the season would still be a failure for the Blue Jackets, finishing 34-40-8, the team improved dramatically under the leadership of Tortorella.

    The Blue Jackets enjoyed their best run of results under Tortorella, making playoffs in each of his last 4 seasons in charge, including a club record 108 point year in 2016-17, and a second round playoff exit against the Boston Bruins in 2018-19.

    The 2020-21 campaign marked the Blue Jackets 20th season in the NHL, and they went into it in a weaker position than the previous year, having lost their star man Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets. 

    The Columbus side had a shocking time of it in the Central Division, finishing the campaign in bottom place, tied on points with the Detroit Red Wings (48). After picking up points at a semi-respectable .579 percentage in 2019-20, the Blue Jackets regressed in 2020-21, registering a meagre point percentage of .429.

    The 2021-22 campaign was an average one for the Columbus Blue Jackets. As they finished the year with a record of 37-38-7. They missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs and finished in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Columbus Blue Jackets

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Blue Jackets’ chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    If you are a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 season. Do the Columbus Blue Jackets have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup in 2022?

    Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Head Coach: Brad Larsen

    Following a 9 year NHL career, Larsen jumped right into coaching starting out in the AHL. In 2014 he was hired as a Blue Jackets assistant coach until he was promoted to lead the team in 2021. He is one of the few rookie head coaches in the league and he has his work cut out for him. Larsen will be taking over a Blue Jackets team that was one of the worst in the NHL last season.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Key Player: Patrik Laine

    Easily the best player on this roster, Laine is heading into his 1st full season in Columbus. After being acquired from Winnipeg he immediately showed why he belonged. Putting up 10 goals and 11 Assists in 45 games in a Blue Jackets jersey. If he builds an impressive start he could begin to elevate the Blue Jackets back into a contending team.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Next Best: Boone Jenner

    Heading into his 9th NHL season Jenner has been a stalwart at Centre for the Blue Jackets. Over his career he has logged 530 Games Played, recording over 70 games in a season 6 times. Along with his durability he’s able to put the puck in the net and pass as well. Jenner is one of the few players on this roster with a good amount of experience and it will be relied on heavily.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Columbus Blue Jackets betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Blue Jackets before the start of the previous season:

    Following their 48 point, 18 win, 26 loss, 12 overtime loss 2020-21 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets finished in last place in the Central Division and in 28th place in the NHL overall.

    After 7 seasons in the Metropolitan Division the Blue Jackets made the move into the Central Division, a move which drastically hurt their season. The Carolina Hurricanes made the move alongside the Blue Jackets, and after finishing equal on points in 2019-20, the two sides couldn’t have gone in more different directions last season.

    In a very tight division, the Blue Jackets were never touted as a realistic chance to win the division, however, after qualifying for the playoffs for 5 consecutive seasons, the 2020-21 season goes down as a major disappointment for the Columbus side.

    The Blue Jackets have mostly improved over the last decade, but having not ever made it past round 1 of the playoffs, and coming off the back of a shocking season, the investments they have made aren’t paying off. Without the time to rebuild again, management must prioritise making effective signings this offseason.

    Columbus Blue Jackets FAQs

    Still got some burning questions about the Columbus Blue Jackets? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Columbus Blue Jackets play?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets play their home games at Nationwide Arena.

    Who owns the Columbus Blue Jackets?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are owned by John H. McConnell.

    Have the Columbus Blue Jackets won the Stanley Cup?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets have won 0 Stanley Cup titles.

    Who is the Columbus Blue Jackets general manager?

    Jarmo Kekalainen is the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Do the Columbus Blue Jackets play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Columbus Blue Jackets are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Columbus Blue Jackets games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Columbus Blue Jackets record?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets had a 37-38-7 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2021-22 NHL season. 

    Did the Columbus Blue Jackets win last night?

    Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Columbus Blue Jackets worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Columbus Blue Jackets are worth $475 million. 

    Who do the Columbus Blue Jackets play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NHL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Columbus Blue Jackets play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets?

    You can watch the Columbus Blue Jackets games on TV channels like Fox Sports West and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.

    Will the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs this year?

    While we do not yet know if the Columbus Blue Jackets will make the playoffs this year, they did not make the playoffs in 2021-22.

    Will the Columbus Blue Jackets get the 1st pick in the NHL draft?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets do not have the number one overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

    When do the Columbus Blue Jackets play?

    Columbus Blue Jackets fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the puck drop, location of the game and the all important NHL odds.

    Where did the Columbus Blue Jackets finish the season?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets finished the 2021-22 NHL season in 6th place in the Metropolitan Division.

    How many games did the Columbus Blue Jackets win?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets won 37 games during the 2021-22 NHL season.