The Blue Jackets' ROW Advantage is Rapidly Disappearing

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 8, 2019 at 1:45 pm
NHL referee Kelly Sutherland (11) talks with Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins shutout the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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The Blue Jackets still have the most ROW in the Metropolitan Division.

However, due to their stagnant play recently, other teams are starting to catch up. ROW (regular and overtime wins) is the first tiebreaker when it comes to separating teams with the same amount of points at the end of the season, so having the most is crucial for the Blue Jackets as they try to nail down an elusive playoff spot. 

All year, the Blue Jackets have been in the driver's seat when it comes to ROW in the Metro. In fact, they have only been in two shootouts all year (they're 1-1). Since Columbus entered their slump, other teams have almost caught up. Below are the current Metro standings, with ROW included. 

Team GP W L OT PTS ROW
NY Islanders 67 39 21 7 85 35
Washington 67 39 21 7 85 35
Pittsburgh 67 36 22 9 81 35
Carolina 66 36 23 7 79 35
Columbus 67 37 27 3 77 36
Philadelphia 67 32 27 8 72 30
NY Rangers 67 27 28 12 66 21
New Jersey 67 25 33 9 59 24

Additionally, Montreal, the only team from the Atlantic Division vying with the Blue Jackets for a wildcard spot, is 36-25-7 (79 pts.) and has 34 ROW. 

As you can see, the Blue Jackets still lead by the absolute slimmest of margins — 1 game. From here on out, every game for the Blue Jackets should be treated like the biggest game of the season. They are all crucial. And it's a gauntlet coming up, with games against Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders, Boston, Carolina, Boston again, and Calgary making up the next 6 opportunities on the schedule to grab two points. 

If the Blue Jackets can figure out their troubles against this daunting upcoming schedule, any regular or overtime wins that they can piece together would be huge for their playoff hopes.

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