Feb 9, 2012; Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA; Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Ridiculous Stat: The Columbus Blue Jackets and the First Snowfall

In case you haven’t looked out a window yet today, gone for a drive, or been on Twitter, it snowed in Columbus last night. Ah yes, the first snow. That special event that brings out the bad driver in some, the cynic in others, and some just get excited for winter. While looking through my twitter feed this morning, a tweet from a friend of the Union and Blue, Brett Ireland (@RockmanHalo) caught my eye:

Well Brett, I feel that Rob Mixer may have better things to do than comb through NOAA snowfall data and the CBJ game results. Fortunately for you, I do not.

I have to warn you, after viewing the data, you are probably going to wish you never asked, as things do not go well for the boys in Union Blue after the first snow fall:

Year Date of First Measurable Snow Result / Game Date / Score
2012-13 Lockout Lockout
2011-12 12/17/2011 L 12/17: TB 3 CBJ 2
2010-11 12/1/2010 L 12/1 NSH 4 CBJ 3 (SO)
2009-10 12/18/2009 L 12/19 COL 5 CBJ 2
2008-09 11/17/2008 L 11/18 EDM 7 CBJ 2
2007-08 12/5/2007 W 12/5 COL 4 CBJ 5
2006-07 11/20/2006 L 11/20 NSH 3 CBJ 1
2005-06 11/23/2005 L 11/23 NSH 4 CBJ 2
2004-05 Lockout Lockout
2003-04 11/24/2003 T 11/25 EDM 3 CBJ 3
2002-03 11/22/2002 L 11/22 BUF 5 CBJ 4
2001-02 12/24/2001 L 12/27 DET 5 CBJ 1
2000-01 11/14/2000 W 11/14 DAL 2 CBJ 3

(Snowfall data courtesy of NOAA, CBJ Results courtesy of BlueJackets.com)

Since their first year in the NHL, the Jackets have 2 wins, 9 losses (1 in the shootout) and 1 tie (remember those!?) either on the day of the first recorded snowfall or the first game thereafter. Overall, they have been outscored 45-28. We do not have any data for last season, as the lockout was still going on when the first snow flakes fell in Ohio. The same goes for the 2004-05 season (Thanks Gary!).

So there you have it, the first measurable snow of the season usually does not bode well for the Jackets. Hopefully they can start turning that trend around tonight in Washington!

UPDATE: The Jackets lost 4-3 in OT to the Washington Capitals. Add another loss to the result column. Do we officially have a “First Snow Curse” in Columbus?

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