Blue Jackets playing some outstanding hockey

On March 1 the Columbus Blue Jackets were languishing in last place in the Western Conference with 13 points from 20 games. From that date through April 16, the Blue Jackets have earned the most points in the Western Conference, climbing from the cellar into ninth place to be even on points with the Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff spot and two points behind the sixth-place Minnesota Wild.


This incredible stretch of hockey positions the Blue Jackets for a chance at the playoffs, something unthinkable six weeks ago. According to Sports Club Stats – an amazing site that provides estimated odds for teams reaching the playoffs – Columbus has an 18% percent chance at reaching the postseason.

The run in over the final two weeks of the season will not be easy. For one, five of the final six games will be played on a West Coast road trip where the Blue Jackets have been an ordinary 7-11-2 away from Nationwide Arena.