Week One: October 4th-7th
The first week of the season only has two games in store for the Columbus Blue Jackets but it is a back-to-back. The Jackets have 16 back-to-backs this season, tied for the second most in the NHL. This should be the easiest of them all due to it being the opening game and because of the quality of their opponents.
The Jackets open at Detroit on the 4th and then head back to Columbus for the home opener on the 5th against the Carolina Hurricanes. Both teams have some bright youngsters on their respective teams, but lack solid goaltending or any depth down the lineup.
The Jackets and Red Wings both open their season up on October 4th in what should be a very winnable game for the CBJ. Last year the Jackets won all three of their matchups against Detroit.
Following the short flight back to the Capital City, the Jackets will host their first Metropolitan division opponent on the 5th. The 2018 edition of the Carolina Hurricanes will look much different than the 2017 version but different doesn’t mean better. The Canes will be traveling into Columbus late on the night of the 4th as well as they have their home opener against the Islanders the night before in Raleigh.
The Jackets will have a packed arena behind them and should win their second consecutive game of the year. Following the Hurricanes game, the Jackets will have three full days off until their next tilt.