Archive for April, 2009

Columbus Blue Jackets Make Playoffs for First Time in Franchise History

Monday, April 13th, 2009


The Columbus Blue Jackets became an NHL franchise in the 2000-2001 season and have endured consecutive losing seasons until this year.  For the first time in their entire franchise history, not only did the Columbus Blue Jackets have their first winning season this year, but they also managed to clinch a playoff spot for the #7 seed in the Western Conference Standings. 

The Blue Jackets finished the regular season tied for third place with St Louis in the Central Divison with a 41-31-10 record and 92 points.  The Blue Jackets are the #7 seed and will play the #2 seed Detroit Redwings in a best-of-7 series starting with Game 1 in Detroit on Thursday night.  Game 2 will be Saturday night in Detroit.  Game 3 and 4 comes back to Columbus on Tuesday and Thursday night. 

The Detroit Red Wings finished in first place in the Central Divison.  Detroit has always been a power-house in hockey and this will be a tough matchup for Columbus.  I predict the Blue Jackets lose the series in 5 games.  Even if the Blue Jackets get swept or lose the series, the hockey team and personnel can be proud of the Blue Jackets success and improvement this season and how far they have come as a franchise.