NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
For a team whose entire Stanley Cup Playoff history consists of being swept in one first-round series four years ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets are generating a lot of buzz.
In a way, that's understandable. After all, the Blue Jackets overcame an awful start last season to tie the Minnesota Wild for eighth place in the Western Conference, losing out on the final playoff berth on a tiebreaker. Realignment has also moved them to the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, cutting down on travel (and late-night TV games for their fans).
Most of Columbus' 55 points came during the last two months of the 48-game schedule; the Blue Jackets went 20-5-3 in March and April after a 4-12-4 start.