It has been a foregone conclusion for months, but now it’s official — the Blue Jackets have secured the NHL’s worst record for the first time in franchise history.
Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Edmonton dropped the 30th-place Blue Jackets a whopping 16 points behind the 29th-place Oilers with only seven games remaining in the season, including Monday’s trip to Detroit to play the Red Wings.
“It’s brutal,” Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash said. “It sucks.”
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Nash, who requested a trade earlier this season, will likely be on the move this summer. The Blue Jackets may also be looking to find a full-time coach to replace Todd Richards, who took over for Scott Arniel on an interim basis back in early January.
Mix in the strong possibility of the Blue Jackets earning the No. 1 overall pick — they have a 48.2 percent likelihood on April 10 — and it should be an eventful summer.
But the season still has two weeks to play for the Blue Jackets, who have been in last place since starting the season 0-7-1 and 2-12-1.
Columbus to finish with most-ever home losses
–Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Edmonton dropped the Blue Jackets to 14-21-3 in Nationwide Arena this season, the most losses they’ve ever suffered in a season at home.
–The Blue Jackets, with 55 points, need two points in their final seven games to match the fewest points in franchise history. The Jackets had 57 in points in 2001-02, their second season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “There were two goals that he would probably want back. But up to that point, he made plenty of good saves for us.” — Coach Todd Richards, after G Steve Mason gave up five goals on 13 shots in the second period of Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Edmonton.
–G Steve Mason was pulled after allowing five second-period goals in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Edmonton. Mason stopped only 21 of 26 shots overall, giving way to rookie Allen York for the start of the third period.
–C Mark Letestu scored his 10th goal of the season in a 6-3 loss to Edmonton on Sunday. It’s a career high for Letestu, who was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh back in November. Letestu also won 18 of 26 faceoffs vs. the Oilers.
–D Jack Johnson had a plus-6 rating in his first 13 games with the Blue Jackets, totaling three goals and six assists. But on Sunday, in a 6-3 loss to Edmonton, Johnson had a minus-4 rating in 25:24 of playing time.
–D Fedor Tyutin (broken hand) is out for the season. –C Derek MacKenzie (concussion) is out indefinitely. –LW Kristian Huselius (lower body) is out indefinitely. –D Radek Martinek (concussion) is out for the season. –D Marc Methot (broken jaw) is out for the season. –G Curtis Sanford (torn leg muscle) is out for the season.