16 Stats That Tell the Story of the Columbus Blue Jackets' Sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning

By 1OB Staff on April 17, 2019 at 7:55 am
Sergei Bobrovsky and Andrei Vasilevskiy
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We're not sure who is going to win the Stanley Cup, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have already won the playoffs with a 4–0 first round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here are 16 stats that tell the story of the Blue Jackets' stunning upset of the team that tied the regular season wins record.


After trucking the Blue Jackets in three regular season games, the Tampa Bay Lightning won zero games on the way to getting swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Only one team has ever swept the Presidents' Trophy winners in the first round of the playoffs and that's the 2019 Columbus Blue Jackets.


Combined +/- for Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos in the series. The two finished 1st and 9th, respectively, in scoring and were +28 in the regular season.


The Jackets are riding a seven-game road winning streak, outscoring opponents 32-10 in those games away from Nationwide Arena.


The number of teams that have swept a playoff series against a team that had at least 30 more points in the regular season. Tampa Bay finished with 128 points, while the Blue Jackets ended the regular season with 98.


Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's save percentage in the four wins. Bobrovsky had an .891 save percentage in the Blue Jackets' three regular season games against Tampa Bay.


The Blue Jackets have outscored the Tampa Bay Lightning 19-8 in the series after the Bolts had rolled the Blue Jackets in three regular season games to the tune of 17-3. More impressive: 12 different Blue Jackets lit the lamp in the series.


Despite entering the postseason with one of the league's worst power plays, the Blue Jackets went 5–10 on the power play against the Lightning to lead all playoff teams. Tampa Bay had the NHL's No. 1 penalty kill in the regular season (85%).


On the flip side, Columbus killed five of six penalties, stifling the league's No. 1 power play unit (28.2%) from the regular season.


The Blue Jackets have won 11 of their last 12 games, going back to the regular season. The Jackets have outscored their opponents 54-22 over those 12 games.


Columbus' odds to win the Stanley Cup – currently second best in the playoff field – according to Money Puck's model. Three weeks ago, their odds to claim the Cup were just 1.5%.


The number of NHL teams that have now won a playoff series. The Blue Jackets were the last team to advance past the first round.


The number of fans in attendance at Nationwide Arena for Game 4, the third-most in franchise history.


Your haul if you had bet $100 on the Blue Jackets sweeping the Lightning.


The number of brackets wrecked with the Blue Jackets' first round sweep of the Lightning.

Too Big to Measure

The size of Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen's balls after his all-in moves at the trading deadline paid off against the best team of the salary cap era.

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