Tonight the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway, and RJ Umberger and the Blue Jackets are on the outside looking in.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we did some incredible things the last two months,” Umberger said. “The hard part is knowing, I think, we could have done a lot more in the playoffs. We weren’t going to be a team that was just happy to get in.”
While they did not win enough to make the postseason, not all was lost for the CBJ.
“You know, I think we have a foundation of how to play here, a work ethic, a group that’s shared a lot together this year,” Umberger said.
Teammate James Wisniewski agreed. He pointed toward a similar situation he was in, in Chicago when the Blackhawks season came down to the wire in 2007-2008 and ended up missing out on the final playoff spot by just three points.* “Two years later they won the Stanley Cup,” he said. “You’re not that far off.”
The Season By Numbers…
Goals Per Game: 2.40 (25th in the NHL)
Goals Against Per Game: 2.4 (tied for 9th in the NHL)
Power Play: 14.2% (28th in the NHL)
Penalty Kill: 82.6% (11th in the NHL)
Faceoff Percentage: 52.0% (tied for fourth in the NHL)
Giveaways: 214 (fewest in the NHL)
Takeaways: 270 (25th in the NHL)
Blocked Shots: 627 (23rd in the NHL)
Hits: 1,188 (12th in the NHL)
This was the first ever time in Blue Jackets history that the CBJ finished the season with a positive goal differential. They scored 120, while allowing 119.
Goals By Period…
Goals scored in the first period: 25 / Goals against: 34
Goals scored in the second period: 48 / Goals against: 39
Goals scored in the third period: 37 / Goals against: 39
Columbus finished tied for first in the NHL with 12 come-from-behind victories.
Blue Jackets Leaders…
Points: Vinny Prospal (30)
Goals: Mark Letestu (13)
Assists: Prospal, Fedor Tyutin, Brandon Dubinsky (18)
Plus/Minus: Dalton Prout (+15)
Time On Ice Per Game: Jack Johnson (25:58)
The Blue Jackets compiled a 13-0-0 record in games in which they led after two periods.
Goals Against Per Game: 2.00
Save Percentage: .932
*Chicago finished tenth that year.