The Chase: The Blue Jackets Head to New York for Another Huge Game in the Eastern Conference Playoff Race

By 1OB Staff on March 11, 2019 at 7:45 am
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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.

With Washington topping Winnipeg and Pittsburgh rebounding to end Boston's 19-game points streak Sunday night, the Blue Jackets didn't get any help in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Caps now have a two-point lead for the top spot in the Metro (with a game in hand on the second place Islanders), thanks to winning seven straight. The Pens, meanwhile, slide into No. 3 in the Metro.

Quickly, here's how things stand this morning.

  GP GR W L OT PTS ROW STRK L10
METROPOLITAN
WASHINGTON CAPITALS 69 13 41 21 7 89 37 W7 9–1–0
NY ISLANDERS 68 14 39 22 7 85 35 L1 4–5–1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 69 13 37 23 9 83 36 W1 6–2–2
ATLANTIC
x-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 69 13 52 13 4 108 46 W1 8–2–0
BOSTON BRUINS 69 13 42 18 9 93 40 L1 8–1–1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 68 14 42 21 5 89 42 W1 6–2–2
WILD CARD
CAROLINA HURRICANES 68 14 37 24 7 81 36 W1 7–2–1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 68 14 38 27 3 79 37 W1 5–5–0
MONTREAL CANADIENS 69 13 36 26 7 79 34 L2 5–5–0
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 68 14 33 27 8 74 31 W1 6–3–1

Three teams in the midst of wild card contention are in action tonight, with the headliner featuring your Blue Jackets in New York for a pivotal clash with the Islanders.

With a win tonight against the Islanders, the Blue Jackets can pocket precious points and remain two back of the Penguins. With a win and a Carolina loss to Colorado, the Jackets can even slide into the WC1.

Home Away Who to Cheer for
NY ISLANDERS (39–22–7, 85p) COLUMBUS (38–27–3, 79p) The boys in white.
COLORADO (30–27–12, 72p) CAROLINA (37–24–7, 81p) The Avs can do the CBJ a big favor on the road.
PHILADELPHIA (33–27–8, 74p) OTTAWA (23–40–6, 52p) It would be nice if the Flyers, five points back of WC2, lost often.

Colorado is playing well lately, 6–3–1 over their last 10, and fighting for a playoff spot of their own, so you have to like the Avs' chances at home against the Canes.

Ottawa, the only Eastern Conference team eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs at this point, may not put up too much of a fight on the road in Philly.


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