Hockey will be here soon.
Yesterday, the Blue Jackets announced their preseason schedule. It's eight games, all of which are against regional opponents. They'll play the Penguins, Sabres, Blues, and Red Wings two times apiece.
There was no preseason before the 2020 season due to COVID-19. In 2019, the Blue Jackets played seven games. This preseason will be an opportunity for new players like Justin Danforth and Gregory Hofmann to get NHL minutes under their belt. Young gun Yegor Chinakhov will get his first taste of North American hockey, and Brad Larsen will evaluate player performances to see who will make the opening night roster. It may just be the preseason, but there are still several important storylines to watch.
|9/27||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh||PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh|
|9/28||7 p.m.||Buffalo||Nationwide Arena, Columbus|
|9/29||7 p.m.||St. Louis||Nationwide Arena, Columbus|
|10/2||7 p.m.||Detroit||Little Caesars Arena, Detroit|
|10/4||7 p.m.||Buffalo||KeyBank Center, Buffalo|
|10/6||7 p.m.||Detroit||Nationwide Arena, Columbus|
|10/8||8 p.m.||St. Louis||Enterprise Center, St. Louis|
|10/9||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh||Nationwide Arena, Columbus|