Columbus Blue Jackets Minding the Metro: 18-19 Division Predictions

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 23: Zach Werenski #8 of the Columbus Blue Jackets shakes hands with T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals after the end of Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 23, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Washington defeated Columbus 6-3 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zach Werenski;T.J. Oshie
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 23: Zach Werenski #8 of the Columbus Blue Jackets shakes hands with T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals after the end of Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 23, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Washington defeated Columbus 6-3 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zach Werenski;T.J. Oshie /
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Final Metro Standings

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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 5: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save against Josh Anderson #77 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period on April 5, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

At the end of the season, it’ll be tough for the Metro to get five teams in the playoffs again. The Florida Panthers and the Buffalo Sabres will be much improved and Toronto, Boston, and Tampa are as close to locks as you can be in October.

Final Standings

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins*
  2. Columbus Blue Jackets*
  3. Philadelphia Flyers*
  4. Washington Capitals*
  5. Carolina Hurricanes
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. New York Rangers
  8. New York Islanders

*Clinches Playoff spot

The national media will overlook the Metro because of Toronto and Tampa in the Atlantic and Winnipeg and Nashville in the Central. But the Metro has two teams that have been perennial Cup favorites, a deep Jackets squad and a Flyers team that if they find above average goaltending, might be the best team in the division.

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Another tough year ahead for the Jackets in their division. Let us know how you think the Metro is going to play out in the comments below.