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Top 5 Home Games This Season

We've picked five games of 2017-18 that are sure to bring can't miss moments for fans

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

Are you missing Blue Jackets hockey? In just over a month's time, the first preseason game brings the team back to Nationwide Arena (Tickets on sale now). And come October, the Jackets begin their 2017-18 campaign with 41 home games that are sure to bring "can't miss" moments for fans.

We've picked five games you want to be sure to see in person this season. Check out our list and get ready to lock in your seats for these games and more!

Friday, Oct. 6 - NEW YORK ISLANDERS

There's nothing like the first game of the season. Oct. 6, the Jackets welcome the New York Islanders to Nationwide to start the year off with a bang, and maybe a cannon blast or two. It will be the first time we see this year's roster take to the ice after what looks to be an exciting and competitive training camp. The game also marks the first of four games this year between the Jackets and their Metro Division opponents. Last year, the Jackets had the edge over the Islanders with a series record of 3-1, and Columbus holds the all-time advantage with a record of 17-8-5-1.

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Video: Behind The Battle Episode 2: The Matt Calvert story

Friday, Nov. 17 - NEW YORK RANGERS

Games against the Rangers are rarely boring. After all, the first time New York came to Columbus last season, Matt Calvert took a puck to the head before returning to the ice to score the game-winning goal. So, who knows what might happen when the Rangers make their first appearance of the year at Nationwide on Nov. 17? What else is happening that night? It's First Responders Night, so you don't just get a night of hockey, you'll be part of showing appreciation for those who work to protect us and keep Columbus safe.

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Sunday, Dec. 31 - TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Looking for something special to ring in 2018? The Blue Jackets have the answer. This New Year's Eve, the Jackets welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to town for a 6 p.m. puck drop on a night that promises to be full of special New Year's Eve celebrations. This will be the third and final time the two teams meet in the 2017-18 season, and you can be sure that the Lightning will be working to avoid a 3-0 Jackets' series sweep like the one that occurred last year.

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Sunday, Feb. 18 - PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

The relationship between the Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins is well known. The two teams have developed quite a rivalry through the years based on geographic proximity, competition in the Metro Division and the last two Jackets' playoff series. This year, the Jackets play the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions four times, but they don't face off at Nationwide Arena until Feb. 18 for the third of those matchups. February is the stretch run in the NHL, and within the highly competitive Metro Division, this game promises to have more meaning than just two earned points.

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Video: Blue Jackets thank fans

Saturday, Mar. 24 - ST. LOUIS BLUES

Blue Jackets fans, known as "The 5th Line," make the in-game experience in Columbus what it is, and the final regular season weekend game will be all about celebrating you, the fans. On March 24, the St. Louis Blues come to Nationwide on "5th Line Appreciation Night." The last time the Blues were in town, the Jackets handed them an 8-4 defeat, and you can be sure the team will want to add a victory to the variety of ways the 5th Line will be recognized during this game.

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Excited yet? SO ARE WE.

You can secure your seats for these games and more starting tomorrow, Aug. 18 at BlueJackets.com, the official club website, and Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets' 2017-18 campaign are also currently available for purchase. Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by clicking here.

The Columbus Blue Jackets officially open training camp, presented by OhioHealth, on Thursday, September 14 with the first day of on-ice training set for Friday, September 15 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. A complete schedule will be released closer to the start of camp.

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