Club opens 15th NHL season with home-and-home series against the NY Rangers, including season opener at Nationwide Arena on Friday, October 9.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced today a 2015-16 regular season schedule in which the club will play 82 games, including 41 home dates at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets will kick off their 15th NHL season with a home-and-home series against the 2014-15 Presidents’ Trophy-winning New York Rangers. The Metropolitan Division rivals will face off at Nationwide Arena on Friday, October 9, and meet again at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 10. Game time for both contests is 7 p.m.
This season’s schedule will see the Blue Jackets play every team in the NHL at least once at home and once on the road. Columbus will play Metropolitan Division teams a total of 30 times, including 15 games at Nationwide Arena. The New York Islanders will make three visits to Columbus, while the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will each visit Ohio’s capital city twice. The Blue Jackets will face members of the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division 24 times, including 12 at home. The club will play two home games each against the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning, while hosting the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs once each.
Overall, the Blue Jackets will play their 82 games over 184 days with 47 games slated for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, including five Thursday home games, eight Friday home contests and 11 Saturday home games at Nationwide Arena. Columbus will also play 19 times on Tuesday nights, including 11 times at home. December is the club’s busiest month with 14 contests, while March features eight home games. Highlights of the 2015-16 home schedule include:
Oct. 9 and Apr. 4 vs. New York Rangers (2015 Presidents’ Trophy Winner visits twice)
Oct. 16 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (lone visit to Nationwide Arena by Original Six Leafs)
Nov. 27 and Mar. 11 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Metropolitan Division rival visits twice)
Jan. 25 vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-time Stanley Cup champions and defending Atlantic Division champ)
Dec. 8 vs. Los Angeles Kings (lone home game vs. the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup champions)
Dec. 14 and Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (Defending Eastern Conference champions visit twice)
Feb. 16 vs. Boston Bruins (2011 Stanley Cup champions & 2014 Presidents’ Trophy winner)
Mar. 8 and Mar. 17 vs. Detroit Red Wings (Former Central Division rival visits twice)
Apr. 9 vs. Chicago Blackhawks (lone visit by former Central Division rival; 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup champions)
The Blue Jackets are coming off a season in which they finished 42-35-5, including posting the sixth-best record in the NHL from Dec. 1 through the end of the season with a 36-20-3 mark. Columbus has posted back-to-back 40-win campaigns and three-straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. More information, including individual ticket sales for preseason and regular season games, as well as the 2015-16 television schedule will be announced later this summer.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2015-16 campaign are currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.