2012 Central Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets
Hardly the toast of the NHL, the Blue Jackets have struggled mightily in recent seasons, as evidenced by their disgruntled (though still loyal) fan base and less than mediocre on-ice product. Hereís a look at the BJís 2012-2013 season preview, and whether they have a chance to contend with the other powerhouses in the Central Division:
2011-2012 Season Recap: The Blue Jackets had the worst record in the NHL last season, at 29-46-7, and had the fewest points (65) by a margin of 9 (Edmonton had 74). Columbus was abysmal across the board, ranking 26th in goals per game and 28th in goals allowed, at a clip of over 3.1 per game. Their special teams were no better, putting up the 24th best power play percentage and a penalty kill that was last in the league at only 76.6%. The only bright side is that the Blue Jackets are very young, and have back to back top three draft choices in which to rebuild.
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