Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals: Going Back Two Years

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Oliver Bjorkstrand
COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Oliver Bjorkstrand /

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are no strangers to one another, as divisional rivals they play each other at least four times a year and the results may not be a pretty sight for the Blue Jackets fans.

The first time the Columbus Blue Jackets played the Washington Capitals in the 2016-2017 season was on November 15th 2016 as Zach Werenski‘s goal in regulation and Cam Atkinson‘s overtime winner would give the Blue Jackets a 2-1 win. Less than a week later on November 20th 2016, Nick Foligno, Brandon Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg would all contribute to a 3-2 Columbus win in regulation.

Less than two months later on January 5th, 2017; the Washington Capitals would get revenge by handing the Blue Jackets a 5-0 shutout loss and by breaking their sixteen game winning streak. The penultimate meeting of the 2016-2017 would consist of a Seth Jones goal followed by a Dimitry Orlov equalizer before the game would be won by the Capitals in a shootout; 2-1 on March 23rd, 2017.

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The final meeting would take place on April 2nd, 2017 and three second period goals by the Capitals turned out to be insurmountable as goals by Jack Johnson and Kyle Quincey just weren’t enough to get the Columbus Blue Jackets the win.

Transitioning to the 2017-2018 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets would visit the nation’s capital on December 2, 2017 and be defeated in a high scoring affair in which Artemi Panarin, Matt Calvert, and Zach Werenski’s goals wouldn’t be enough to counteract Washington’s four goals. Two months later on February 6th, the Blue Jackets would once again fall to the Capitals at a score of 3-2 with the goals coming from David Savard and the aforementioned Dubinsky.

Less than a week later, the Blue Jackets would face the Capitals once again on February 9th; and would lose once again. This time would be even more in the favor of Washington as the final score would be 4-2. However the final meeting of the season on February 26th would be a much different story; as the Columbus Blue Jackets would come out on top at a final score of 5-1.

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This brings the Columbus Blue Jackets to a final record of 3-5-1 over the last two years against the Washington Capitals which is definitely not appearing in Columbus’s favor; however the last game is likely the most important as of now. A 5-1 victory will certainly be the type of momentum the Blue Jackets need against the Capitals.