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Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL 14: Columbus Blue Jackets Guide

Written By: JCOL32

Colombus Blue Jackets

Founded: 2000

Championships: 0

 

History:

One of the newest additions to the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets were founded as an expansion team in 2000. The franchise qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 2009.

 

Overview:

The Blue Jackets will enter the 2013/14 season with the hope that Vezina Trophy winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky can return to his stellar form from a year ago. Newly acquired power forward Nathan Horton will miss the beginning of the season due to injury but could provide a much needed spark in the Columbus offense which barely missed the playoffs a year ago. Marian Gaborik will return for his first full season with the Jackets. A line including Gaborik and Horton could potentially be deadly. Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov will look to continue to make their mark in Columbus in their second seasons. This team has quickly moved from the rebuilding stage, to a team that is playoff calibre.  Look for Columbus to continue making strides in the right direction and push for a playoff spot this year.

 

How to Play as the Blue Jackets:

With the Blue Jackets balanced attack, try to alternate between their top two lines and you will be as successful as one possibly can be as the Columbus Blue Jackets. Don’t be afraid to take some chances because you have Jack Johnson and Sergei Bobrosky to back you up. On powerplays try to set up Offensive Defensemen James Wisniewski at the point with traffic in front. He has a rocket of a shot. Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton are your two players who will provide the bulk of your offense.

 

Fun Facts:

The Blue Jackets name and logo was inspired by Ohio’s Civil War history.

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