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Friday Five: Movin' East

Friday, 08.16.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
By Rob Mixer & Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com

Happy Friday, everyone. Let's kick off the end of the work week in style, shall we?

Of course we're talking about the "Friday Five," our weekly look at five things about the Blue Jackets. There's been a lot to talk about, too, which isn't normally the case in the middle of August, but the buzz is noticeable around town. We are less than a month away from the opening of training camp and yesterday marked one month until the first preseason game.

A big part of the change and excitement headed into the 2013-14 season is the Blue Jackets' move to the Eastern Conference. Gone are the days in the Central Division and lengthy West Coast road trips - now we're talking about the newly-formed Metropolitan Division and the Blue Jackets having seven new division rivals to learn everything about.

This week's "Friday Five" is a compilation of five things to look forward to as the Blue Jackets make the move to the Eastern Conference:

Less travel

As we just mentioned, the Blue Jackets' travel schedule will be far different than
it has been since they joined the NHL in 2000. Their trips to western Canada
and California are vastly reduced and they will be spending more nights
at home with 7 p.m. local start times, resulting in fewer overnights
and more "there and back" trips. Of the seven teams in the Metropolitan
Division, the farthest trip they will make from Nationwide Arena
is 590 miles to play the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Blue Jackets' average traveling distance for a divisional road game
is 458.9 miles, a significant difference from what it has been in previous years.

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 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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