The Chase: The Blue Jackets Welcome Carolina Tonight for Another Huge Pair of Points, While Philly Fades a Bit

By 1OB Staff on March 15, 2019 at 7:45 am
Nick Foligno is due for a goal.

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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.

We had our eyes on three big games last night in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and the Blue Jackets got the result they needed in two of those affairs.

The Islanders took care of the Canadiens, 2-1, preventing the Habs from jumping the Jackets for the WC2 spot. Columbus has a game in hand with Montreal as each team holds 81 points.

Washington rolled Philadelphia, 5-2, to deny the Flyers points and keep them five back of the Blue Jackets and Canadiens. At this point, we're close to conceding Metro No. 1 to Washington, so any win they get down the stretch is good for the CBJ.

Unfortunately, the Sabres didn't put up much of a fight against the Penguins, falling 5-0 in Buffalo. The Blue Jackets have a game in hand on the Pens, but Pittsburgh has a six-point lead for the No. 3 spot in the Metro.

Here's where we stand on Friday, March 15.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS 71 11 42 22 7 91 38 W1 8–2–0
NY ISLANDERS 70 12 41 22 7 89 37 W2 6–4–0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 71 11 39 23 9 87 38 W3 7–1–2
x-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 71 11 54 13 4 112 48 W3 8–2–0
BOSTON BRUINS 71 11 42 20 9 93 40 L3 7–2–1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 70 12 42 23 5 89 42 L2 6–3–1
CAROLINA HURRICANES 69 13 38 24 7 83 37 W2 7–2–1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS 70 12 39 28 3 81 38 W1 5–5–0
MONTREAL CANADIENS 71 11 37 27 7 81 35 L1 4–6–0
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 70 12 34 28 8 76 32 L1 6–3–1

The Blue Jackets have a gigantic pair of points on the line again tonight, when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town.

Thanks to a one point lead in ROW, a win would move Columbus from the WC2 to the WC1 spot in the Eastern Conference, which is important if you'd rather avoid the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round (as one should).

Home Away Who to Cheer for
COLUMBUS (39–28–3, 81p) CAROLINA (38–24–7, 83p) The boys in blue.
TORONTO (42–23–5, 89p) PHILADELPHIA (34–28–8, 76p) Leafs. Gotta keep Philadelphia out of the WC picture.

Philadelphia, fresh off that pasting from the Caps, has a tough immediate road trip to Toronto tonight. The Blue Jackets need a Leafs win in regulation to deny the Flyers points, keeping them out of what's for now a three-team race for two wildcard spots.

Today's stress ball: Columbus' own Jack Roslovic goes undercover at the local pond.