Club opens 20th NHL season at Nashville on Thursday, January 14 and host defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in home-opener at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, January 21
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets and National Hockey League announced today a 2020-21 regular season schedule in which the club will play 56 games, including 28 home dates at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets will kick off their 20th NHL season with a two-game series at Nashville on Thursday and Saturday, January 14 and 16. The club will play its first home games of the season at Nationwide Arena on Thursday and Saturday, January 21 and 23 with a two-game set against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets’ announcement of the club’s 2020-21 schedule is presented by mike’s Hard Lemonade. Game times and a broadcast schedule will be announced soon.
This season’s schedule will feature 56 games among the re-aligned Central Division’s eight teams. The Blue Jackets will play eight games each against the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Predators and Lightning. The club will play its 56-game schedule over 115 days between January 14 and May 8.
This season, which is the Blue Jackets’ 20th in the NHL, marks a return to its roots in the Central Division, where the club played its first 12 seasons from 2000-13. The club will reunite with former Central Division rivals (Chicago, Detroit and Nashville) and continue to compete against one Metropolitan Division rival of the past seven seasons (Carolina). In addition, Columbus will face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom it upset in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and lost to in the 2020 postseason as Tampa Bay went on to win the second Stanley Cup in franchise history. In Florida, the Blue Jackets face a team led by General Manager Bill Zito (CBJ Assistant GM from 2013-20) and includes former Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky, Alexander Wennberg, Markus Nutivaara, Anthony Duclair and Anton Stralman. Below is breakdown of the schedule by opponent:
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