CBJ Midseason Report: 41 Stats Through 41 Games

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hit the halfway point of the 2016-17 regular season.  Here are 41 stats to catch you up on the unpredictable season the team’s had to date.

 

  1. Last season the Blue Jackets had 33 points through 41 games.  This season they have 62 points through 41 games.
  2. Columbus started off the 2015-16 regular season with eight regulation losses in a row, the same number they have through half a season right now (29-8-4).
  3. The Blue Jackets finished 21st in the NHL last season with a power-play percentage of 17.3%.  Through 41 games this year they rank first in the same category at 25.8%.
  4. Last season the Blue Jackets’ longest winning streak was three games.  They’ve won 16 games in a row this season.
  5. Sergei Bobrovsky started 37 games in the entirety of the 2015-16 regular season and allowed 2.75 goals per game.  He’s already started 34 games this season and is only allowing 2.00 GPG.  
  6. Although he struggled with injuries last season, Sergei Bobrovsky had 15 wins last year. He’s already got 26 this year.  
  7. Defenseman Seth Jones scored two goals in 41 games with Columbus last season.  In 35 games this season he’s already buried the biscuit seven times.  
  8. Remember when the Blue Jackets traded Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones?  In case you were wondering, they’re deadlocked at seven goals apiece this season.  
  9. Center Sam Gagner’s career high for goals through nine NHL seasons is 16.  He already has 14 goals right now.
  10. The Blue Jackets finished last season with a goal differential of -33.  So far their goal differential is +47 (only an 80-goal difference).
  11. The Jackets won 18 games at Nationwide Arena last season.  They’ve already won 16 games at home this season.
  12. Columbus still hasn’t lost on a Friday or a Sunday this season.  Their combined record on those two days of the week is 12-0-0
  13. Nick Foligno had zero power-play goals last season.  He’s already scored eight goals on the man advantage this season.
  14. Alexander Wennberg had 11 power-play assists last season.  He’s already got 16 assists on the man advantage this season.
  15. Last year the CBJ team leader in power play goals was Scott Hartnell with 10. Cam Atkinson leads the team with 9 goals on the man advantage so far this season. 
  16. Cam Atkinson’s career high in points is 53 last year. He’s got 40 this season already. 
  17. With 16 points on the power play this season, Zach Werenski is on pace to break the franchise record for defensemen in that category. James Wisniewski is the current leader with 28 power-play points in 2013-14. 
  18. Zach Werenski ranks second among rookies of any position with 20 assists. He ranks eighth among all defensemen in that same category.
  19. The Blue Jackets scored 43 power-play goals last season.  The team already has 32 power-play goals to date.
  20. Rick Nash is the only Blue Jackets player to ever average one point per game or better (2005-06 and 2008-09). The Jackets potentially have four players that could reach that level this year: In 41 games, Cam Atkinson has 40 points, Alexander Wennberg has 36 points and Brandon Saad has 34 points. In 39 games played, Nick Foligno has registered 36 points. 
  21. The backup goaltender situation still isn’t set.  However, Joonas Korpisalo does a good job at giving the club a chance to win on a nightly basis.  He’s only had one really bad start (RBS) out of 32 in his NHL career with the Jackets.
  22. Scott Hartnell’s scoring on 18.2% of his shots on goal this season.  If that were to hold up it would be a career high for the 34-year old veteran. 
  23. Centers Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner have combined for 28 points this season (10 goals and 18 assists).  Sam Gagner currently has 30 points (14 goals and 16 assists).
  24. Jack Johnson’s plus-minus rating was a minus- 16 last season.  This season, he’s at plus- 20 so far.
  25. In case you forgot, the Blue Jackets defeated the Montreal Canadiens 10-0 on the first Friday of November earlier this season.
  26. The Blue Jackets didn’t have 62 points last season till March 4th.  In other words, Columbus would have to go pointless for almost two entire months to fall back to last year’s pace.
  27. Columbus is averaging 1.51 points per game in the standings so far this season.  Last season they averaged  0.93 PPG in the standings.
  28. If you use the PPG average from above (1.51), you’ll find out that the CBJ are on pace to have more points than last year’s squad on Saturday, February 4th, against the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena.  We’ll see if the team keeps up their rampant pace…
  29. The Blue Jackets are on a 124-point pace.  The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t very far behind.  The Capitals are on a 119-point pace while the Penguins are on pace for 117 points.
  30. For some perspective: If the Blue Jackets don’t end up winning the Eastern Conference (which is of course entirely possible), they’ll likely end up playing Washington, Pittsburgh or the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
  31. No team has had a 124-point season since the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings.
  32. The closest team to the 124-point mark since then was actually the Washington Capitals last season.  They finished with 120 points.
  33. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise high in points is 93 in 2013-14. 
  34. The Blue Jackets are currently third in the NHL, scoring 3.32 goals per game.  Last year they finished tied for 18th averaging 2.60 GPG.
  35. Columbus finished last season with an overall save percentage of 90.3.  This season, their goaltending has been far better, saving 92.6% of shots on goal so far.
  36. Since losing their first two home games of the season, the Jackets have gone 16-2-1 over their past 19 games at Nationwide Arena.  
  37. Columbus has yet to lose more than two consecutive road games in regulation this season.  At the same time last year, the Jackets already had a four and five-game losing streak in regulation away from home.
  38. The CBJ gave up six goals to the Boston Bruins in the first game of the regular season.  Since then the team hasn’t given up more than five goals in a single game.  
  39. Last season the Jackets never scored more than six goals at NWA.  This year they’ve already accomplished the feat three times.  Seven against the Penguins in December, eight against the Blues in November and the aforementioned 10 goals scored against the Canadiens.  
  40. The Blue Jackets are first in the NHL with a plus- 10 differential when it comes to power play goals.  Last season the team was 25th in the category, finishing the year at minus- 10. 
  41. An interesting note:  The Blue Jackets went through John Tortorella’s rigorous training camp and were clearly outplayed the first two games of the season.  However, they had five days off (no games) after the San Jose loss to find their legs again and have looked like a different team since.

All stats obtained from ESPN, NHL, Hockey-Reference, and Sporting Charts.

 

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Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Avid Ohio sports fan with 15+ years dominating fantasy baseball. Began as a contributor to the Clutch Sports Blog in 2011, now the lead baseball writer for The6i4.com.

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