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Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-2015 News and Updates
5/2/14 - In the end, even though the end came a couple rounds too soon, it was an historic, record-setting season all the way around for the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team which has historically struggled for success on the ice. Despite being knocked out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by Pittsburgh, the Jackets set franchise marks for wins in a season (43), points (93), and goal differential (+15); the squad qualified for the postseason for just their second time in history, and notched not just their first postseason win (Game 2, in Pittsburgh), but their first home postseason win as well, in Game 4. While the Jackets did struggle to fill Nationwide Arena during the regular season, it was clear that, with some sustained success (so far one strike-shortened and one full season) that there is a market for hockey in central Ohio, and a “5th Line” of fans who stand ready to “Carry the Flag” and support the team.
4/17/14 - This wasn’t exactly how the script was supposed to go. The Columbus Blue Jackets, in just their second trip to the NHL postseason, definitely made their presence on the ice known to the Pittsburgh Penguins; and some commentators noted that, at least through the first two periods, the young Jackets had the Penguins showing their age. But in the end, age and experience won out over youth and exuberance, and Pittsburgh took a 1-0 series lead on the Jackets, 4-3, thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the second period. Those two goals gave the momentum back to the Pens, after Derek MacKenzie put the Jackets up 3-1 less than a minute into the second period; the pair of scores occurring just 45 seconds apart. Then at 8:18 in the third, at the tail end of a 2-on-1 rush, Brandon Sutter sent home the game-winner for Pittsburgh on a wrist shot which handcuffed Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. With the Blue Jackets still looking for their first postseason victory, Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Pittsburgh, while Games 3 and 4 head to Nationwide Arena in Columbus next week.
4/4/14 - Win one, lose one…with just seven games left, the Columbus Blue Jackets must find the consistency they had before the Olympic break to solidify their hold on their second playoff berth in team history. Over their last five games, the Jackets have alternated wins and losses; dropping one on the road to the New York Islanders, then falling at home to potential postseason opponent Pittsburgh, and then losing in overtime to one of the Western Conference’s contenders, Colorado. In between these losses, the Jackets collected a big home win over Detroit, and then headed to Raleigh to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime. Against the Avs, the Jackets pulled out to a lead in the second period on goals by Cam Atkinson (his 20th) and Blake Comeau (his 4th), but Colorado would get two goals of their own in the third period, and then the game-winner from Gabriel Landeskog on a power play in overtime.
3/27/14 - A year ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in what would be their final year to date in the NHL’s Western Conference, just missed out on the Stanley Cup playoffs, losing on a tiebreaker to Minnesota. This year, it’s a different conference – the Eastern – and a different story: These Jackets, even though they are currently tied on points with three other East squads (Detroit, Washington and badly slumping Toronto), hold all the tiebreakers should they be necessary. It also didn’t hurt that the Blue Jackets went into Hockeytown USA and handed the Red Wings a 4-2 loss earlier this week, vaulting them back into the thick of the race. It is looking more and more that this playoff race will come down to the last day of the season!
3/20/14 - With just 14 games to go in the regular season, fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets are sweatin’ it out. The Jackets, currently eighth – the second wild card slot – in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, are amazingly enough taking aim at second place in the realigned Metropolitan Division, just two points behind the third place New York Rangers and three back of current second place Philadelphia. However, the Jackets dropped a tough one at Nationwide Arena earlier in the week, as visiting Carolina – and goaltender Anton Khudobin, who made 46 saves on the night for the Canes – prevailed, 3-1. Columbus outshot Carolina 47-20 – 19-0 in the third period alone – but could get just the lone goal from Boone Jenner, his 13th on the season, assisted by Ryan Johansen and Nathan Horton.
3/13/14 - Every win puts them one game and two points closer to the Holy Grail: a berth in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Having been aced out of last year’s postseason by unfavorable tiebreakers, the Jackets are relishing the opportunity, which would be just the team’s second ever taste of the playoffs, the first being a short lived run after the 2008-09 season. After their game with Dallas was postponed due to the collapse of Dallas Stars player Rich Peverley, the Jackets showed that the experience was behind them, handing the Detroit Red Wings a convincing, come from behind 4-1 loss at Nationwide Arena. With the score tied at 1 after two periods, the Blue Jackets simply unloaded on Wings rookie netminder Petr Mrazek, exploding for two goals within a minute;s time halfway through the third period, and a fourth goal five minutes later.
3/7/14 - Just a week after reactivating him, the Columbus Blue Jackets unloaded right wing Marian Gaborik, sending him to the Los Angeles Kings for wing Matt Frattin and a pair of draft picks – a second rounder and a conditional third rounder. Gaborik, who was a deadline acquisition by the Blue Jackets for last season’s abortive playoff push, had only appeared in 22 games this season, scoring just six goals. The Blue Jackets were involved in one other trade deadline deal this week, picking up defenseman Nick Schultz from Edmonton for a fifth round draft pick. The Jackets are pushing hard for just their second ever playoff appearance; after losing their first game after the Olympic break to New Jersey, they’ve won two straight to move into a seventh place tie with the New York Rangers.
2/28/14 - Without even playing a game since the post-Olympic Games resumption of the National Hockey League’s regular season, the Columbus Blue Jackets received good news this week with the activation of right wing Marian Gaborik off the injured list. Gaborik, acquired at last season’s league trading deadline, had been inactive since suffering a broken collarbone against Philadelphia on December 21, missing 22 games plus representing his home country of Slovakia in the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As well, Russian national team – and CBJ – goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has to be happy to be back in Columbus, after a disappointing showing at the Sochi Games.
2/21/14 - Columbus, OH has had no shortage of hockey during the Olympic break. The Blue Jackets sent one coach and four of their players to Sochi (Fedor Tyutin, Artem Anisimov, Nikita Nikitin and Sergei Bobrovsky) to represent Russia in men's hockey, and will welcome them back for practice this weekend. Before the break, the Blue Jackets were on a roll: achieving a franchise record 8-straight games due to increased intensity during power play. Columbus currently sits one point away from securing that final wildcard spot in the East. Can they make a playoff run for the second time in team history? Columbus takes on the Florida Panthers at home on 3/1, and tickets start at $43. Score some Blue Jackets tickets and see if this team has what it takes to compete in the postseason!
1/30/14 – Before the Jackets recently lost three in a row, they were one of the hottest teams in the NHL winning a franchise best seven games in a row. While the team remains above .500, the Jackets will make some changes including adjusting their lines. Cheer on the team as they try to make the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2009. Columbus Blue Jackets tickets saw the biggest bump in price for remaining home game since the start of 2014 (22%). You’ll pay an average of $117 at Nationwide Arena, $13 under the league’s average price.
Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-2015 Season
After last year’s monumental run into the postseason, the inspired Columbus Blue Jackets are eager to tackle the upcoming 2014-2015 as true contenders and not just a Cinderella Team. The tenacious Blue Jackets surprised the NHL with their first playoff appearance in six years, and their second in club history, thanks to a rough-and-tumble band of players who refused to go down without a fight. This showed in the first round of playoffs, when the Pittsburgh Penguins were forced to six games in order to eliminate the Blue Jackets.
Columbus must pummel the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals this season if they intend on running with the NHL's elite. The Ohio club made moves over summer to bolster their offense and achieve this, with the acquisition of Scott Hartnell (in exchange for RJ Umberger). See this stouthearted team return to the ice in their attempt at a second consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff for the first time in club history.
Score Columbus Blue Jackets tickets today for their season opener against the reigning Eastern Conference kings, the New York Rangers, on Oct. 11. The Blue Jackets can prove last season was no fluke when they travel to Los Angeles for a battle agains the defending Stanley Cup Champion Kings on Oct. 26. Add fuel to the budding Blue Jackets-Red Wings rivalry on Dec. 16 when Columbus visits Detroit. The Blue Jackets will seek revenge over the Pens, who ousted them in the 2014 playoffs, on Dec. 13 at Nationwide Arena. See RJ Umberger for the first time of the season, and witness Scott Hartnell’s homecoming when Columbus visits the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 14.
Columbus Blue Jackets tickets are currently averaging $78, fourth cheapest in the League and second cheapest in the Metropolitan Division behind Carolina Hurricanes tickets. Last year at this time, Blue Jackets tickets had a similar price tag at $85. Like most teams, interest in the Blue Jackets fell and so too did ticket prices with the NHL lockout last year, 16% to be exact to $71. By the start of the 2013 shortened season, Blue Jackets tickets averaged $73. While the price was lower than it had been six months prior, Columbus hockey tickets were up 14% since the 2011-2012 season.
The slight increase in price from last season to now is likely due to the quality of play (the Blue Jackets just missed the 2013 NHL Playoffs via a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Wild) and marquee Divisional matchups. The most expensive game on the Blue Jackets schedule at Nationwide Arena is a late-March matchup Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, averaging $152. In fact, the three most expensive games in Columbus will be against the Penguins – averaging $135 in November and $128 at the end of the calendar year. Columbus will open the preseason at home against the Penguins where tickets are as low as $13 and average $69, half the cost of the top 3 regular season Blue Jackets games.
The Penguins along with the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals make up the new Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. A must-see NHL game in the Division: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers, the return of Rick Nash. Like the Detroit Red Wings, the Blue Jackets made the jump from the West to the East after the NHL realignment this year.
Recent changes to the Blue Jackets roster include the additions of defenseman David Savard, Mario Gaborik from the New York Rangers, last year’s Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky and former Boston Bruin Nathan Horton.