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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
    Division: East
    Stanley Cup Titles: 0

    Columbus Blue Jackets Fixtures 2021

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    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 will mark the Blue Jackets 20th season in the NHL, they go into it in a weaker position than the previous year, having lost their star man Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets.

    Expert 2021 Picks & Preview on Columbus Blue Jackets

    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 finals in 2021? Have a read on below at SportsTips expert picks & preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Head Coach: John Tortorella

    John Tortorella returns for his 6th season in charge of the Blue Jackets,  undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the league, Tortorella boasts an NHL career spanning back to the year 2000 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he guided them to their first Stanley Cup victory.

    Tortorella has had success virtually everywhere he has coached, making the playoffs 12 times in 18 full seasons as head coach, with his season by season record a real show of his ability to improve his teams over time. 

    His tenure at the Blue Jackets has proven a little different, with the team consistently making playoffs, however, their end of season results seemingly regressing over time. 

    This is not necessarily the fault of Tortorella, who, since being appointed for the job has maintained a .593 winning percentage, but rather due to the loss of star players, and the age of the Blue Jackets squad, which is the youngest in the league. With the amount of young talent in the roster, the future of the Blue Jackets is in a good position, and they should still remain competitive this season.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Key Player: Cam Atkinson

    The Blue Jackets’ long serving RW, Cam Atkinson, is the best player in an otherwise weak side, always putting in the maximum amount of effort, Atkinson has matured into a very solid player for the Blue Jackets.

    In his last full season, Atkinson enjoyed his most successful campaign to date, recording 41 goals, a career high, on top of 28 assists, also a career best. A team player all around, individual accomplishments are of very little significance to Atkinson, wanting to see the Blue Jackets winning remains his priority.

    Without Pierre-Luc Dubois in the team, points might not come as plentifully for Atkinson, however, both his leadership and consistency should shine through this season.

    Preview on the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nest Best: Oliver Bjorkstrand

    With the departure of Pierre-Luc Dubois at the end of 2020, the Blue Jackets will be looking at Oliver Bjorkstrand to provide the points for the team. The Danish international has been with the club since 2013, performing fairly consistently over that time but never really impressing. 

    During the COVID-19 shortened 2019/20 season, however, Bjorkstrand stepped up, registering 36 points from 44 games, with 21 goals and 15 assists, including 5 game winning goals.

    In the previous season, Bjorkstrand managed the same amount of points (36), only he did so in 77 games. A strong improvement from year to year, and with the Blue Jackets main point scorer gone, Bjorkstrand will need to continue this form going forward.

    Columbus Blue Jackets Betting & Odds History

    Following their 81 point, 33 win, 22 loss and 15 overtime loss 2019/20 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets finished 6th in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference.

    As it stands in the 2021 season, the Blue Jackets are the 5th favourite to win the Central Division at +1000, and the +3100 equal 16th favourite to win the Stanley Cup.

    This season the Blue Jackets move back into the Central Division, after 7 seasons in the Metropolitan Division. Joining the Blue Jackets are the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished equal to the Blue Jackets on 81 points in 2019/20. 

    In a division which also hosts last season’s Atlantic Division runners up, the Tampa Bay Lightning, it’s hard to imagine the Blue Jackets have a good chance at winning the Metropolitan Division, however, playoff qualification is likely.

    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 33-22-15 win-loss-overtime loss record for the 2019-20 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 $310 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 East and the NHL Network such as NHL.TV.

    Will the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs this year?

    It is not known if the Columbus Blue Jackets will make the playoffs this year, however, last year they finished 6th in the Metropolitan Division, and 9th in the Eastern Conference, losing in the first round of playoffs to Tampa Bay Lightning (1-4).

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

    The Colorado Avalanche selected Russian RW, Yegor Chinakhov with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2020 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 this season?

    In the 2019/20 NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche finished 6th in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Western Conference.

    How many games did the Columbus Blue Jackets win?

    The Colorado Avalanche won 33 games in the 2019/20 NHL season.