The Columbus Blue Jackets Fan Bandwagon Guide to the 2022 NHL Playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been eliminated from 2022 stanley mug Playoff but, for 16 teams, the hunt for a Stanley Cup begins next week.

Are you interested in jumping on the bandwagon for the 2022 playoffs? Well! Hockey playoffs are great. Fortunately, we have this handy guide to help you choose a team. Read on, find the one that aligns the fastest with what you value in a team, and hitch your wagon to them for the next two weeks or two months!

Eastern Conference

tampa bay lightning

You’re picking the Lightning if you like the safe pick (they’ve won the last two Cups, after all), or if you enjoy making the 2019 series go over the heads of a team that has won the most Cups in the last two years. . that the Blue Jackets have won playoff series in franchise history. But never let them forget who finished that series.

boston bruins

You’re probably related to Brad Marchand, or have a Tom Brady t-shirt in your closet. Otherwise, why are you encouraging Boston to have more nice things? they already have the celts this spring. Let other cities already have something good. Now they have Nick Foligno, but is that really enough to top all of Boston?

the toronto maple leaves

Cons: You’d be rooting for the richest team in the league, with all the media behind them and inordinate performance-related attention since 1967. Pros: You’ll probably be free after the first round to enjoy the weather and get something play golf or something. Having as little time as possible is a skill.

florida panthers

Bill Zito, the former Blue Jackets assistant general manager, has built a behemoth that’s in contention for the Presidents’ Trophy since taking over from Dale Tallon. Sasha Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau lead the best offense in the NHL (4.16 goals per game), Sergei Bobrovsky has played usefully in the net and they went all out at the trade deadline in search of the first win of the series. franchise playoffs since 1996. If you like rooting for small-market teams without a track record of success, but also want some connection to the Blue Jackets, this is your team.

carolina hurricanes

The Bunch of Jerks thing was cute for about ten seconds before they turned into a real bunch of jerks. You’re rooting for this team mainly because you want to see someone not named Pittsburgh or Washington win the Metro division, which is fine, but you can do better.

pittsburgh penguins

No. Also, Jeff Carter is now a penguin. additional number

Washington Capitals

You want to see Alex Ovechkin goals. That’s it. That is the reason. A valid reason, but the only reason.

new york rangers

PDO is fun, isn’t it? The Rangers were a power play and a goalie for most of the season, but have somehow become a good 5v5 team down the stretch, which makes them dangerous. Chris Kreider had 50 goals this season without having scored 30 in a year prior to this year, and Igor Shesterkin has a 2.03 GAA and .936 SV% this year to claim the Hart Trophy and almost certainly win the Vezina. They were long doubted this year, but have stuck around long enough to be the second seed for Metro. It’s New York, but they’re a fun story (and Shesterkin is legitimately awesome).

Western Conference

calgary flames

The Flames are proof that a mix of defensive prowess, good goalkeeping and an elite forward or two can make noise and win a division when not coached by John Tortorella. Darryl Sutter has his Flames in position to win the Pacific thanks to a breakout season from Jacob Markstrom, 100-point seasons from Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, and solid defensive efforts night after night. The peak version of the 2017-19 Blue Jackets, led by non-Torts, would likely look like this.

Edmonton Oilers

You’re a browns ventilator. “Surely THIS is the year!” is your mantra Or you like to see the best offensive players in the world do their thing better than anyone else. The Oilers, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, have two of the top 10 players on the planet. They also have a winnable first round matchup. The Oilers also have a history of total implosion (see: Allowing four unanswered third-quarter goals to Columbus just four days ago). You are watching the show: something is going to happen, but who knows what.

Los Angeles Kings

Phillip Danault leads a resurgent Kings team expected to miss out on the playoffs among the three Pacific seeds. The Kings have successfully reloaded on the fly, making smart signings combined with shrewd draft picks in order to give Anze Kopitar and Jonathan Quick at least one more Stanley Cup run. His reload is the hope that the Blue Jackets can get back into playoff contention sooner rather than later.

Nashville Predators

Possibly the best atmosphere in the playoffs, the Nashville Predators boast a raucous crowd, a pair of former Blue Jackets (Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene), a Vezina finalist in Jusse Saros, and a premier playoff stage. Nashville is a level 1 building to watch a game in, and animating that craziness is perfectly acceptable.

dallas stars

removing the Las Vegas Golden Knights It’s worth a certain amount of goodwill, and Joe Pavelski is worth cheering for, but they go up against an outright buzzsaw in the first round. If you like to animate the surprises that make history, this is your series.

St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have managed to make a change in goal despite a big contract with the presumed starter, keep an unhappy superstar in town despite a trade request and have never had any doubts about missing the playoffs despite of so much confusion. Ville Husso and Robert Thomas have stabilized a floundering franchise and carried them back to the postseason. A high-performing center and a red-hot goalkeeper have won a Cup for the Blues before – can lightning strike twice?

wild minnesota

Kirill Kaprizov is one of the most electric players in the NHL, Marc-Andre Fleury has solidified a shaky goalkeeping situation, but more importantly? This is THE opportunity for this club. Like the 2019 Blue Jackets who swept the Lightning, the Wild face a reckoning this offseason: The smash hits of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise hang over this franchise like the Sword of Damocles. The Wild’s time to make a career is now.

colorado avalanche

Former Monsters coach Jared Bednar leads heavy favorites to the playoffs. A bona fide start at No. 1 center, a multiple-time Norris finisher on defense, depth and smart moves have made him one of the most complete contenders he’ll see this postseason. The Avalanche led the league in points for most of the season despite some star on the roster missing a handful of games at least. They can play any style, win offensive shots and goalie battles, intimidate teams below the goal lines and outplay them between points. They are the favorites to win the Cup, which means there is no chance of them winning it.

Who are you cheering for this postseason? Tell us in the comments!

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