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Playoff bubble watch — Blue Jackets edition

Mar 10, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

Eric Nystrom, Corey Tropp AP

The Columbus Blue Jackets have only been to the playoffs once since entering the NHL in 2000, and they still haven’t won a playoff game. But that could change this season with a good stretch run.

According to Sports Club Stats, the Jackets have a 60.4 percent chance of making the postseason. They currently own the final wild card spot in the East, tied with Detroit in points, but with a game in hand on the Red Wings.

Injuries to defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray may be their biggest challenge to overcome, with only the former expected to return during the regular season, though when is still not known.

With no long road trips out West and 10 of 18 at home to finish things out, it’s not a particularly harrowing remaining schedule for Columbus. The Jackets play tonight in Dallas, before a huge home game tomorrow versus Detroit.

On Saturday, they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win in Nashville.

“That’s a playoff game right there,” d-man James Wisniewski said. “That’s what it’s going to take. We had guys taking hits, blocking shots, getting punched in the head … just grinding it out.”

Columbus also hosts San Jose Thursday, before making a trip to Minnesota for a game Saturday.

  1. bcsteele - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I’m actually pulling for them to make it. The fans deserve it and they’ve been busting their rears to make something happen. I don’t think they have a deep run in them but I do hope they make it.

    Best of luck y’all.

  2. howintensive - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I’m not sure if the 60.4 percent chance is all that accurate. SportsClubStats has been a little goofed up since the weekend.

    • mrpinkca - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      They are in a play off position at the moment, and by most metrics better than all of the teams behind them and several of the teams in front of them. Anything can happen, but a 60% chance that they don’t under perform / have another team over perform seems pretty reasonable to me.

  3. sweetzinger - Mar 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    I hope they make it too. Even if they don’t, this is going to be a good team. And, following the trend these days, they’re playing hockey the way it’s meant to be played. Puck possession Puck possession Puck possession. Press Press Press. Offense Offense Offense. I love it.

    Jenner, Johansen, Atkinson, Murray, Erixon, Savard, Rychel, Dansk. And I’m not even a Blue Jackets fan.

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