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The historic, the odd and the fun numbers behind the CBJ season

Taking a look at some Blue Jackets' memorable moments and stats

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

It's always fun to dig into the numbers, especially when the Blue Jackets have as memorable a season as the one they're in the midst of right now.

Time will tell what will come of it, but Columbus has had one of the more unique campaigns in franchise history. A team almost no one predicted to make much noise has overcome injuries to be right in the thick of the playoff race.

Many of these numbers will help explain how the Blue Jackets did it. 

Gustav Nyquist became the first player in franchise history to get an overtime penalty shot and thus the first to score on an overtime penalty shot when he did so Oct. 21 in a 4-3 victory vs. Toronto.  

Columbus had two point streaks of at least 10 games this season, the first time in franchise history that happened. The Blue Jackets went 8-0-4 from a Dec. 9 win at Washington to a Jan. 2 victory at Boston, then posted a 9-0-1 record running from the Jan. 11 triumph at Vegas to a Feb. 7 home win vs. Detroit. 

Three Blue Jackets players have worn jersey numbers on the ice that had never been sported before in franchise history. Devin Shore donned No. 74 for the first time when acquired at the trade deadline, while goalies Matiss Kivlenieks (No. 80) and Elvis Merzlikins (No. 90) wore original numbers as well. Justin Scott was called up in January and would have been the first No. 67 in CBJ history had he taken part in game action. 

The win March 1 at home vs. Vancouver was a historic one for the Blue Jackets. For just the fourth time in franchise history, Columbus won a game that it trailed by multiple goals with less than eight minutes to play.  

The Blue Jackets earned six points on a four-game road swing through California and Las Vegas in January, tying a franchise record for points on a four-game trip. Columbus beat Los Angeles and Anaheim, then lost to San Jose before completing the trip with a win vs. Vegas.  

Seven Blue Jackets players have scored their first career NHL regular-season goals this year. The list includes forwards Emil Bemstrom, Jakob Lilja, Eric Robinson and Kevin Stenlund as well as defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Dean Kukan and Andrew Peeke. 


With 10 goals, Emil Bemstrom is tied for seventh among NHL rookies in tallies behind just Chicago's Dominik Kubalik, Dallas' Denis Gurianov, Buffalo's Victor Olofsson, Carolina's Martin Necas, Montreal's Nick Suzuki and Colorado's Cale Makar.  


The Blue Jackets have played 13 players with rookie status this year, tying a franchise record set in 2003-04. The list includes Emil Bemstrom, Vladislav Gavrikov, Alexandre Texier, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Andrew Peeke, Liam Foudy, Ryan MacInnis, Calvin Thurkauf, Kole Sherwood, Gabriel Carlsson, Elvis Merzlikins and Matiss Kivlenieks. 


Rewind to Dec. 19 and Boone Jenner scored a special goal for the Blue Jackets, tying the game vs. Los Angeles in the final two minutes before the Blue Jackets went on to win in overtime. It was just the 15th time in franchise history and first since 2016 that Columbus tied the score of a game in the final two minutes then went on to win the game.  


Seth Jones has averaged 25:17 of on-ice time per game this season, which slots him third in franchise history between his showing in 2018-19 (25:49) and Jack Johnson's 2012-13 season (25:58). Jones now owns four of the top 10 marks in average ice time per game in CBJ history.  


Twenty-six different players have scored goals for the Blue Jackets, while 36 different players have suited up for the team this season. That's right around the norm for the franchise's 18 previous seasons, as an average of 37 players suit up each season while 25 of them score.  


With 49 points so far, 21-year-old Pierre-Luc Dubois not only leads the team in scoring, he's also sixth among players 21 years old or younger in the NHL. He's behind four players his age in Elias Pettersson (66 points) of Vancouver, Patrik Laine (63) of Winnipeg and rookie sensation Cale Makar (50) of Colorado. 20-year-old standout Quinn Hughes of the Canucks has 53 points, while Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov has 61 points at age 19. 


With a CBJ-record 20 goals this season, Zach Werenski now has 58 goals in his Blue Jackets career, most all-time for a blueliner in franchise history. He entered the season with 38, fifth in franchise history behind Rostislav Klesla (41), David Savard (40), Seth Jones (39) and Fedor Tyutin (39). Werenski now holds the franchise record by 13 over Jones.  


Just three players to this point have played in all 70 games this season -- forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois, Gus Nyquist and Boone Jenner. Three others have played at least 67 games and not missed any time to injury -- Vladislav Gavrikov has played in 69 games and was a healthy scratch in the opener; David Savard has taken the ice 68 times, missing two games to illness; and Nick Foligno has skated in 67 contests, missing only three to suspension.  


With 81 points, the Blue Jackets have posted the second-best record in franchise history through 70 games. As hard as it might be to believe given the injuries and the free agency losses, Columbus' 33-22-15 mark gives the team points in 48 of 70 games and is the second-best mark ever to this point in the campaign.  


With 163 blocked shots this year, Savard is second in team history in the stat, with Ryan Murray's 171 blocks in 2015-16 serving as the franchise record. Savard also moved into first place in franchise history this year with 869 career blocked shots, passing Jack Johnson. 


The Blue Jackets have points in 33 of 41 games since early December, boasting a record of 22-8-11 in that span. In that time frame, the team has lost 336 man-games to injury, an average of more than eight players out per game. In all, the Blue Jackets have lost 419 man-games to injury this year, second in franchise history and most in the NHL this year.  


Columbus is averaging 16,898 fans per game this year in Nationwide Arena, the best mark since 2003-04 when an average attendance of 17,376 fans took in games at the downtown venue. The Blue Jackets have sold out 11 of the last 14 home games.  

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