Blue Jackets Magic Number

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Blue Jackets | By

Blue Jackets Current Magic Number:  6 Points

Updated 4/6/2014 @9:45 p.m.

How Is The Magic Number Calculated?
Basically, the magic number in hockey is the number of points needed by a team, in our case, the Blue Jackets, to earn (or their opponents to lose) in order to clinch a playoff spot. Right now, the Jackets have 4 games left. If they win 3 of them, they are guaranteed a playoff spot. They can also get in if other teams that are chasing them happen to lose. Every point that those other teams do not earn reduces the Blue Jackets magic number by the same number of points. Right now, with the magic number at 6, (to knock out the Devils) that means that the CBJ would have to finish 3-1 (for a total of 6 points) to ensure a playoff spot this year.  As they have the head to head tie-breaker against New Jersey, and lead the ROW tie-breaker, a 2-1-1 finish would be good enough to clinch the playoff spot, if the two wins are both in regulation.

Right now, the Jackets are very, very likely going to make the playoffs. 

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For those of you that tracked this journey with me the last time the Blue Jackets made the playoffs in 2009, welcome back. Let’s hope the outcome is the same this year with some playoff wins this time around.

A lot has happened since the last time the Jackets made the playoffs, including an entirely new NHL playoff structure.  So here is how things stand at the moment.

Today’s Playoff Status

April 6, 2014 – The Jackets are IN the playoffs as of the time I am writing this post, which is 9:45 p.m. EST. They are currently set as the 8th place team in the Eastern Conference and would play against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.  We can still catch Philadelphia for that key 3rd place finish in the division, but we are 2 points back without the tie-breaker, with only 4 games left apiece.

The Jackets also trail Detroit by one point through the same number of games, though the Jackets lead the tie-breaker.  This is a key race to get to the #7 seed and avoid the #1 seeded Bruins in round one of the playoffs.

 

Who to Root For in the NHL, as a Jackets Fan:

Monday, April 7:

Calgary @ New Jersey – CBJ Preference:  Calgary win in regulation. A Calgary win in regulation on Monday night would drop the Jackets magic number to only 4 points. Huge game for us…  Go Flames!

Tuesday, April 8:

Washington @ St. Louis – CBJ Preference:  Blues win in regulation.  A Blues win in regulation, combined with a Jackets win over Phoenix on Tuesday night, would eliminate the Capitals from contention for a playoff spot.

Toronto @ Tampa Bay – CBJ Preference:  Lightning win in regulation.  A Lightning win of any sort, combined with a Jackets win over Phoenix on Tuesday night, would complete the Toronto collapse and eliminate the Leafs from contention for a playoff spot.

Detroit @ Buffalo – CBJ Preference:  Buffalo win in regulation. Not likely to happen, but this would be a great outcome for the Jackets in the battle for the 7th seed.

Philadelphia @ Florida – CBJ Preference:  Florida win in regulation. Again, not likely to happen, but this would be a great outcome for the Jackets in the battle for 3rd place in the division.

 

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Where Things Currently Stand

Columbus currently sits with 87 points with a maximum of 8 additional points remaining on the table.  They have a maximum point total this season of 95 points. We have 35 Regulation/Overtime Wins (ROW), which is the 1st tie-breaker.

4 Spots Have Been Clinched – Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and Tampa

Contenders’ Remaining Road:

Division Race:

New York Rangers:  (currently 2nd in division, in a playoff spot):  Presently No Magic Number  from being eliminated by the Jackets (91 points in 79 games, maximum point total of 97 points with tie-breaker TBD – Rangers clinched tie-breaker)

Philadelphia Flyers: (currently 3rd in division, in a playoff spot):  Presently No Magic Number from being eliminated by the Jackets (87 points in 77 games, maximum point total of 97 points with tie-breaker TBD – Flyers lead ROW, 36-35)

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Wildcard Playoff Chasers:

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#7 Seed – Detroit Red Wings:  Presently No Magic Number from being eliminated by the Jackets (88 points in 78 games, maximum point total of 96 points with tie-breaker TBD – Jackets lead ROW, 35-32)

#8 Seed – Columbus Blue Jackets

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New Jersey Devils:  6 points away from being eliminated by the Jackets (84 points in 78 games, maximum point total of 92 points with tie-breaker TBD – Jackets lead ROW, 35-34 & won H2H tie-breaker)

Washington Capitals:  4 points away from being eliminated by the Jackets (83 points in 78 games, maximum point total of 91 points, Jackets clinched ROW)

Toronto Maple Leafs:  3 points away from being eliminated by the Jackets (84 points in 79 games, maximum point total of 90 points, Jackets clinched ROW)

Ottawa Senators:  1 point away from being eliminated by the Jackets (80 points in 78 games, maximum point total of 88 points , Jackets clinched ROW)

Carolina Hurricanes:  1 point away from being eliminated by the Jackets (79 points in 78 games, maximum point total of 87 points with tie-breaker TBD – Jackets lead ROW, 35-33)

New York Islanders:  Officially eliminated from passing the Blue Jackets

Florida Panthers:  Officially eliminated from passing the Blue Jackets

Buffalo Sabres:  Officially eliminated from passing the Blue Jackets

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