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.
The boys in blue got it done at Nationwide Arena Saturday night, playing a complete game on the way to dumping the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1.
It was a rare big win in front of a sellout home crowd this season. Is this the spark that gets this team going? If 19–95–28 continues to click, it very well may be.
Here's where things stand on March 10, 2019. Your Columbus Blue Jackets are holding down the WC2 spot with a game in hand over the Montreal Canadiens, their biggest current threat.
|x-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||69||13||52||13||4||108||46||W1||8–2–0|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||68||14||42||21||5||89||42||W1||6–2–2|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||68||14||38||27||3||79||37||W1||5–5–0|
(Astute readers of The Chase will notice that's the first time the Jackets have been above the line of death since we started doing these. Party on.)
In other Eastern Conference games of note Saturday night, the Flyers dropped the Islanders, keeping Philadelphia's faint playoff hopes alive, and the Hurricanes beat a good Predators team on the road to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Metro Division.
We have two big ones on deck today:
|Home||Away||Who to Cheer for|
|WASHINGTON (40–21–7, 87p)||WINNIPEG (40–23–4, 84p)||J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!|
|PITTSBURGH (36–23–9, 81p)||BOSTON (42–17–9, 93p)||We're counting on Boston getting points in their 20th straight.|
The Capitals and Penguins are two Metro teams currently ahead of the Blue Jackets in the standings, so any time you can get help from outside the division, you have to cheer for it.
Washington and Pittsburgh are both playing home games today, but they're drawing strong opponents, and in the case of the Pens, they'll get a ridiculously hot Bruins team less than 24 hours after taking an L in Columbus.
Today's stress ball: Cannon choreography has reached its final form.