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Columbus Blue Jackets: 5 Bold Predictions for 2014-15 Season

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5 Bold Predictions for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014-15

Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-15 Season
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming off a successful 2013-14 campaign that saw the organization win its first ever postseason game. Higher expectations are in place this time around; simply making the playoffs is no longer Columbus' chief goal. Here are five Blue Jackets-related predictions for 2014-15.

5. Matt Calvert Hits 20

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5. Matt Calvert Hits 20

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Matt Calvert is one of the more talented bottom-six players in the NHL. It wouldn't be terribly surprising to see him put up 20 goals in a strong year.

4. Sergei Bobrovsky's Save Percentage Exceeds 93%

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4. Sergei Bobrovsky's Save Percentage Exceeds 93%

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Sergei Bobrovsky has had a great start to the season and looks every bit as good as he did during a dominant 2012-13 season that saw him turn aside 93.2% of the shots thrown his way. A repeat of that performance isn't out of the question.

3. Ryan Johansen Pots 40 Goals

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3. Ryan Johansen Pots 40 Goals

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A lengthy contract dispute that ended just before the season apparently hasn't hurt Ryan Johansen's game at all. The still-blossoming star will score 40 in 2014-15.

2. Ryan Murray Develops into a First-Pairing Defenseman

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2. Ryan Murray Develops into a First-Pairing Defenseman

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After a strong rookie season, Ryan Murray will prove capable of first-pairing minutes and responsibilities in 2014-15.

1. Jackets Finish Third in Metro, Win a Playoff Round

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1. Jackets Finish Third in Metro, Win a Playoff Round

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Columbus will take down the New York Islanders in the first round, winning a playoff round for the first time in franchise history.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.