Columbus Blue Jackets: Five Bold Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Columbus Blue Jackets: Five Bold Predictions for the 2013-14 Season
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will attempt to get acclimated to their new Eastern Conference home on the fly in 2013-14, something that will be far from simple and easy given the talent level of all of their new foes.

In the east, with Detroit moving over as well, there are nine teams that made the playoffs last season, and a 10th—the Blue Jackets—that missed on a tiebreaker. Four of those playoff teams will be in the new Metropolitan Division with the Jackets.

Among the ranks of the teams that did not make the playoffs are the new-look Philadelphia Flyers, young-and-upcoming Tampa Bay Lightning and the rebounding Carolina Hurricanes.

For Columbus to compete and achieve their goal of finally returning to the playoffs, at least a few of the following bold predictions will need to become reality.

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