Columbus Blue Jackets May Make Playoffs in Spite of Recent Losses

By Andy Schmidt
Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL season was one where the Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t expected to do much after trading away Rick Nash in the offseason. The Blue Jackets started very slow but picked it up through the middle of the season and looked like a team that could make the playoffs. Columbus has lost their last two games now during a stretch of games that includes six road games out of seven contests and playoff hopes are beginning to drift away.

The Blue Jackets sit just one point out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference as four teams sit with either 33 or 34 points. There is still hope that the Blue Jackets can slip into that final playoff spot but a lot of those hopes depend on a single player that Columbus picked up in the offseason. Sergei Bobrovsky has been playing great for the last few weeks and his 2.06 goals against average is keeping Columbus in the race.

Columbus can’t score goals at all on a consistent basis, being the worst team in the NHL in goal scoring. Bobrovsky is going to need to keep allowing fewer than two goals a game for the Blue Jackets to do anything the rest of the season. I think that can happen though because of how good Bobrovsky has been lately. There is some real potential there for success with this Blue Jackets team that I never saw possible when the season began. It’s not the time just yet to dismiss Columbus as a team that won’t make the playoffs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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