Blue Jackets announce 2013-14 regular season schedule

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 12:00 PM / News
By BlueJackets.com Staff

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced today a 2013-14 regular season schedule in which the club will play 82 games, including 41 home dates at Nationwide Arena. This will mark the first season in which Columbus will compete in the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division following the league’s realignment, announced earlier this year. The Blue Jackets will open their 2013-14 campaign on Friday, October 4, hosting the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The 2013-14 schedule will see the Blue Jackets play every team in the NHL at least once at home and once on the road. Columbus will play the members of their new division a total of 30 times, including 15 dates at Nationwide Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins will pay three visits to Columbus while the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders will each visit Columbus twice. New Eastern Conference rivals in the Atlantic Division will include the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, all members of the NHL’s Original Six, as well as the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lighting, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers.

Twenty-two of the Jackets’ 41 home games will be staged on a weekend day this season, including ten Friday, eight Saturday and four Sunday dates. Columbus will host the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, April 4 and welcome the Eastern Conference Champion Bruins to Nationwide Arena on Saturday, October 12.

November and March are Columbus’ two busiest months of the season with 16 games apiece while January is the third-busiest with 14 games, eight of which will be played at Nationwide Arena. Columbus will play back-to-back games a total of 17 times this season, including a home-and-home series versus Pittsburgh on November 1 and 2.

The 2013-14 NHL schedule will feature a two-week-plus break during the month of February as many of the league’s players will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This will be the fifth time the NHL has participated in the Olympics.

The Blue Jackets have also announced their eight-game preseason schedule, which will include home games against Pittsburgh on Sunday, September 15, Buffalo on Tuesday, September 17, Minnesota on Monday, September 23 and Carolina on Thursday, September 26.

Columbus recorded one of the most successful seasons in franchise history in 2012-13, compiling its highest-ever winning percentage (.573) on the strength of a 24-17-7 record (55 pts.), a mark which tied the club for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets went 19-5-4 in March and April which was the second-best record in the NHL over that time.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2013-14 campaign are currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.


SCHEDULE BY OPPONENT

Eastern Conference, Metropolitan Division (15 Home/15 Away)

Carolina (2H/3A) - Dec. 23, Jan. 10, Jan. 27, Mar. 18, Mar. 29

New Jersey (2H/2A) - Oct. 22, Dec. 10, Dec. 27, Feb. 27

NY Islanders (2H/2A) - Oct. 5, Nov. 9, Mar. 23, Apr. 6

NY Rangers (2H/2A) - Nov. 7, Dec. 12, Jan. 6, Mar. 21

Philadelphia (2H/2A) - Dec. 19, Dec. 21, Jan. 23, Apr. 3

Pittsburgh (3H/2A) - Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 29, Mar. 28

Washington (2H/2A) - Oct. 19, Nov. 12, Jan. 17, Jan. 30

Eastern Conference, Atlantic Division (12 Home/12 Away)

Boston (1H/2A) – Oct. 12, Nov. 14, Nov. 30

Buffalo (1H/2A) – Oct. 10, Jan. 18, Jan. 25

Detroit (2H/1A) – Oct. 15, Mar. 11, Mar. 25

Florida (2H/1A) – Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 12

Montreal (1H/2A) – Oct. 17, Nov. 15, Mar. 20

Ottawa (2H/1A) – Nov. 5, Nov. 17, Jan. 28

Tampa Bay (2H/1A) – Dec. 3, Jan. 13, Apr. 11

Toronto (1G/2A) – Oct. 25, Nov. 25, Mar. 3

Western Conference, Central Division (7 Home/7 Away)

Chicago (1H/1A) - Mar. 6, Apr. 4

Colorado (1H/1A) - Dec. 31, Apr. 1

Dallas (1H/1A) - Mar. 4, Mar. 10

Minnesota (1H/1A) - Dec. 6, Mar. 15

Nashville (1H/1A) - Nov. 27, Mar. 8

St. Louis (1H/1A) - Dec. 14, Jan. 4

Winnipeg (1H/1A) - Dec. 16, Jan. 11

Western Conference, Pacific Division (7 Home/7 Away)

Anaheim (1H/1A) – Oct. 27, Feb. 3

Calgary (1H/1A) – Oct. 4, Nov. 20

Edmonton (1H/1A) – Nov. 18, Nov. 29

Los Angeles (1H/1A) – Jan. 21, Feb. 6

Phoenix (1H/1A) – Jan. 2, Apr. 8

San Jose (1H/1A) – Feb. 7, Mar. 13

Vancouver (1H/1A) – Oct. 20, Nov. 22

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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