Playoff Seed Hunting: Blue Jackets Not Settling for Wild Card Spot

By Chris Pennington on February 8, 2020 at 10:23 am
The Columbus Blue Jackets have posted a 9-0-1 record in their last ten games.
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Duck season? Rabbit season? No, it's playoff seed hunting season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 9-0-1 in their past ten games and 17-2-3 in their last 22. What seemed like a pipe dream to even scrap into a wild card spot two months ago is now becoming a tangible reality - and then some.

When Columbus started inching towards a wild card spot, we all went bonkers. What a turnaround this season had become. Now, they're in prime real estate to take the second Metropolitan Division spot from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Oh, how the tables have turned.

Oh, and this is still being done with injuries to Ryan Murray, Joonas Korpisalo, Josh Anderson and Alexandre Texier.

Out West, the Blue Jackets would be second overall - not in a division, but in the entire conference. This really helps put in focus how insane the Blue Jackets have played as of late. They are home-ice advantage-in-the-playoffs good at the moment, but it's being overshadowed by a mammoth-Esque Eastern Conference and specifically Metro Division.

The Washington Capitals are perhaps a little bit too far ahead to catch at the moment for first in the division, but with these Blue Jackets, you never know. With 27 games remaining on the regular season schedule, it will be fun to see what Columbus does to further themselves in the playoff hunt.

The postseason isn't a lock yet, but the Blue Jackets sure are trying to make sure it is.

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