Three Notable Quirks for the Blue Jackets' 2019-20 Schedule

By Ben Jandrain on August 30, 2019 at 8:05 am
Columbus Blue Jacket forwards Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson celebrate after defeating the New York Rangers in April of 2019 at Madison Square Garden to clinch a playoff berth.
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Every team in the National Hockey League plays 82 regular-season games, but there's always some intriguing characteristics when taking a closer look at each team's slate of games.

Here are three features for the Blue Jackets' 2019-20 schedule:

16 Back-to-Back Games

Metropolitan Division Teams Scheduled Back-to-Back Games During the 2019-20 Season
Carolina Hurricanes  16
Columbus Blue Jackets 16
New Jersey Devils 14
New York Islanders 10
New York Rangers 13
Pittsburgh Penguins 16
Philadelphia Flyers 17
Washington Capitals 12

With Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins vying to become the No. 1 goaltender, the above-average number of back-to-back sets won't be a major inconvenience in net.

The largest issue is the top line–featuring Cam Atkinson and Gustav Nyquist–two forwards who will be 30-years old. Opportunities for younger forwards to get more ice time, and–in particular instances–move up the lineup will also come into play. 

Defensively, the three players (Seth Jones, Zach Werenski and Ryan Murray) who averaged the most ice time the previous year will all be under 27, making noticeable changes less plausible during these instances.  

17 Games in 30 Days

From February 1, 2019 through March 1, 2019, Columbus will play 17 games in 30 days. 

The Bad News: The Blue Jackets won't have much time to rest during this stretch, which could end up being detrimental to their playoff hopes. February, to no surprise, is the most loaded month for the squad–featuring four back-to-back sets and never going more than two calendar days without a fixture. 

The Good News: February; a boring month for sports fans, will feature 16 Blue Jackets games and another matchup on the first day of March for a cherry on top.  Thank you, NHL?

Only Nine of the Final 23 Contests will be Played at Nationwide Arena  

Fourteen of the final 23 Blue Jackets games will be played on the road. This isn't the ideal way to end the season, with the toughest excerpt from this stretch being a five-game road trip including the Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Dallas Stars (in that particular order) during the latter half of March. 

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