The Chase: With a Win Tonight Against Pittsburgh, the Blue Jackets Will Move Back Into a Playoff Spot

By 1OB Staff on March 9, 2019 at 7:45 am
Matt Duchene and the Blue Jackets really need a win tonight.

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The Chase is your morning primer on where the Blue Jackets stand in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs race. What happened, what's next, and who to cheer for.

Hey, the Blue Jackets got some help last night!

Winnipeg's 8-1 throttling of Carolina dropped the Canes out of the No. 3 spot in the Metro Division and Anaheim's 8-2 thumping of Montreal gave the Canadiens their second straight loss and creates a situation in which Montreal's hold on the WC2 spot is two points over the Jackets with the CBJ having two games in hand.

Here's where things stand on March 9, 2019.

  GP GR W L OT PTS ROW STRK L10
METROPOLITAN
WASHINGTON CAPITALS 68 14 40 21 7 87 36 W6 8–2–0
NY ISLANDERS 67 15 39 21 7 85 35 W2 5–4–1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 67 15 36 22 9 81 35 W3 6–2–2
ATLANTIC
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 68 14 51 13 4 106 45 L1 8–2–0
BOSTON BRUINS 67 15 41 17 9 91 39 W5 9–0–1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 67 15 41 21 5 87 41 OT1 5–3–2
WILD CARD
CAROLINA HURRICANES 67 15 36 24 7 79 35 L1 7–2–1
MONTREAL CANADIENS 69 13 36 26 7 79 34 L2 5–5–0
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 67 15 37 27 3 77 36 L1 4–6–0
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 67 15 32 27 8 72 30 L1 6–3–1

Can the Blue Jackets capitalize?

The Penguins visit Nationwide Arena tonight for another huge game. A win over Pittsburgh – and it won't be easy as the Pens have won eight straight over the Jackets – would see Columbus right back in the playoffs, holding one of the two Eastern Conference wild card spots.

We have a huge slate tonight, with big implications on the playoffs race:

Home Away Who to Cheer for
COLUMBUS (37–27–3, 77p) PITTSBURGH (36–22–9, 81p) The boys in blue.
NY ISLANDERS (39–21–7, 85p) PHILADELPHIA (32–27–8, 72p) Tough call, but let's go Flyers.
CAROLINA (36–24–7, 79p) NASHVILLE (39–25–5, 83p) Preds. Do your thing, Joey.

The Islanders and Flyers present another tough call as far as rooting interests, but we feel comfortable cheering for Philadelphia this late in the year.

Carolina has a tough matchup at Nashville and the Preds can do Columbus a huge favor by taking care of the Canes.


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