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Columbus Blue Jackets season preview


WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
11th
The Blue Jackets will get close, but not close enough, finishing third in the Central Division and 11th in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

BUZZ FACTORStock evenStock even (but teetering). Reaching the playoffs isn't a must (it might be for MacLean and Gallant but not the franchise), but fielding a competitive squad that doesn't disappear for weeks at a time is crucial to keeping fan support at its current premium level.