Columbus Blue Jackets, American expert ice hockey group situated in Columbus, Ohio, that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Blue Jackets joined the NHL in 2000 close by individual development group the Minnesota Wild. The establishment's moniker, the result of a name-the-group challenge, pays tribute to the numerous Ohioans who served in the Union armed force during the American Civil War and to the assembling in Columbus of huge numbers of the outfits worn by that military. The Blue Jackets' initial three seasons finished in last-place divisional completions. A feature of that period came in 2002 when the group drafted left wing and future All-Star Rick Nash with the primary in general determination of the NHL draft. Nash's essence helped Columbus get away from the divisional basement without precedent for 2003–04, and the group equipped for its first postseason billet (a first-round misfortune to the Detroit Red Wings) in the 2008–09 season. Following that playoff appearance, consequent Blue Jacket squads came back to the lower echelons of the NHL.
As a major aspect of a NHL realignment, Columbus moved from the Western Conference toward the Eastern after the 2012–13 season. In the group's first season playing in the Eastern Conference, it qualified for the playoffs, where Columbus won the initial two postseason diversions in establishment history before at last losing its opening arrangement to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The group at that point went two seasons without a postseason compartment before posting an establishment best 108 of every 2016–17. Be that as it may, the Blue Jackets won only a solitary playoff game before again being disposed of by the Penguins. In 2018–19 the Blue Jackets were the most reduced seed in the Eastern Conference playoff field and had a first-round matchup against a juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning group that had tied a NHL record for triumphs during the customary season. In a standout amongst the most shocking bombshells in NHL history, the Blue Jackets not just won the first postseason arrangement in establishment history yet cleared the Lightning in four recreations. Columbus couldn't keep up the force from its noteworthy bombshell in the second round, when the group was vanquished by the Boston Bruins.