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Much to the chagrin of the fan base, the Columbus Blue Jackets are once again in a long-term rebuild. After making the third overall selection in the 2023 draft (after finishing with the second-worst record), Columbus again seems destined for a top-five draft pick. The prospect pool is promising, but the pressure is rising for coach Pascal Vincent to return the team to playoff contention, especially after the team parted ways with general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen on February 15.

In this piece, we’ll take a look at single-game and season-long betting odds for the Columbus Blue Jackets. We’ll also explain how to watch the Blue Jackets, lay out how to make your bets, and provide a brief history of the team.

How can you wager on the Columbus Blue Jackets on an online sportsbook in Ohio?

You can wager on the Columbus Blue Jackets using an online sportsbook in Ohio by following the steps below.

  1. Learn about the available sportsbooks: We’ve compiled a list of legitimate Ohio sports betting websites and apps and written comprehensive reviews of each approved operator. These reviews also have information about mobile apps, welcome bonuses, banking methods, retail locations, and more, so be sure to browse them before moving to Step 2!
  2. Decide where to play: After you’ve read through the reviews, pick a few sportsbooks to try out and get more of a feel if the bookie is right for you. You can use the links in the reviews to go directly to the sportsbook’s registration form, which usually takes 5-10 minutes to complete (or less!). Using those links is the best way to secure the highest available welcome bonus with each operator.
  3. Fund your bankroll: Next, you’ll need to decide on which banking method you want to use and make a deposit. Keep in mind that the easiest way to withdraw your winnings is through the same method you used to make a deposit. Your deposit amount is up to you, but you should keep it within your budget; don’t deposit more than you can afford to lose!
  4. Research the Blue Jackets and their opponent: There’s seldom such a thing as “too much information” when preparing to make your Blue Jackets bets. Looking up stats and trends, reading betting previews, and studying in-game situational matchups will give you a leg up and help you win more often than going into your bets without that knowledge.
  5. Spend some time odds shopping: If you’re convinced Patrik Laine is going to score in the next game, it’s smart to find the sportsbook offering the best odds for Laine to score an anytime goal. Some sportsbooks may also have boosted odds for goal scorer props, and by not looking around, you may be leaving money on the table when Laine lights the lamp!

Which bet types are available for the Columbus Blue Jackets?

There are many bet types available at Ohio sports betting sites for making your Columbus Blue Jackets wagers. Here are some of the most popular ways to play:

  • Moneyline and puck line: The difference between a moneyline and puck line bet on the Blue Jackets lies in the margin of victory. If Columbus was the betting favorite going into the game, a moneyline bet would win on any Blue Jackets victory (including overtime and shootout) while the puck line would require them to win by two goals or more. Similarly, if the Blue Jackets were underdogs, they could still cover on the puck line if they lost by exactly one goal (including overtime and shootout).
  • Totals: If you’re not as comfortable with wagering on the outcome (or if the betting value isn’t there), totals betting may be the right play. Also called the over/under, totals bets are wagers on how many combined goals will be scored during the game regardless of which team wins.
  • Props: Player props have become extremely popular, especially for same game parlays, though team props are also another fun way to play without having your bets directly tied to the final score. Some examples of Columbus Blue Jackets prop bets would be how many shots on goal Boone Jenner takes, whether Elvis Merzlikins will finish with more or less than 28.5 saves, or whether Columbus will score in the first 10 minutes.

Channels to watch or stream the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio

Those in Ohio can watch Columbus Blue Jackets games by tuning into Bally Sports Ohio, though some games will be on ESPN or TNT. Streaming of home games can be done through the Bally Sports app, but other sites like ESPN+ or Hulu + Live may black out the game if you’re within the designated coverage area.

Where is the Columbus Blue Jackets’ home arena?

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ home arena is Nationwide Arena, where the team has played since its inaugural season in 2000. Located at 200 W Nationwide Blvd, the building is named after its original majority owner, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, which is headquartered adjacent to the venue. Nationwide Arena has also hosted NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games, bull riding competitions, mixed martial arts matches, WWE events, and concerts.

How to buy tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play

You can buy tickets to see the Columbus Blue Jackets play by going to Ticketmaster or an authorized ticket reseller like SeatGeek or StubHub. All CBJ tickets are digital-only, so you’ll need a cell phone or mobile device for entry.

Season ticket packages are also available for the 2024-25 season. The Blue Jackets have quarter-season (11 games), half-season (22 games), and full season (41 games) packages available now on the team website.

Yes, the Columbus Blue Jackets have Fanatics Sportsbook Ohio as an official retail and online sports betting partner. Fanatics has a retail sportsbook located next to Nationwide Arena where the Blue Jackets play their home games.

Yes, it is legal to bet on the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine signed OH’s sports betting bill into law in December 2021, and sportsbooks went live around the state on January 1, 2023.

History of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Though they are one of the newer teams in the league, the history of the Columbus Blue Jackets is still fascinating even if it isn’t as detailed as some of the NHL’s older franchises. Here are some of the key dates to know on the franchise timeline.

  • 1997: The NHL announces Columbus would be awarded an expansion franchise after Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company agrees to finance the construction of the city’s hockey arena.
  • June 23, 2000: The Blue Jackets join the Minnesota Wild for a joint expansion draft. The rules for protected player lists were much more friendly to existing clubs than they were during the Vegas Golden Knights’ draft in 2017 and the Seattle Kraken expansion in 2021, leading to some difficult years on the ice early on.
  • June 24, 2000: Columbus selects defenseman Rostislav Klesla with the fourth overall pick in the Entry Draft, making him the first drafted player in team history.
  • October 7, 2000: The Blue Jackets lose their opening game, falling 5-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks. Bruce Gardiner scores the first goal for the franchise.
  • March 2002: Brittanie Cecil, a 13-year-old Blue Jackets fan, is struck and killed by a puck that went into the stands. As a result of the incident, NHL franchises began putting nylon mesh netting behind the glass to protect fans from out-of-play pucks.
  • June 2002: Columbus makes a series of trades to acquire the first overall pick in the Entry Draft, taking Rick Nash with the selection. Nash would go on to set club records for goals (289), assists (258), points (547), power play goals (83), single-season goals (41), and at the time he left the team shorthanded goals (14) and hat tricks (5). Those last two have since been passed by Cam Atkinson. The Blue Jackets retired Nash’s jersey number #61 at a ceremony in 2022.
  • 2003: Goaltender Marc Denis sets a franchise record for goaltender games played (77) and a then-NHL record with 4,510:55 minutes played.
  • 2007: The Blue Jackets set an NHL expansion era record by being shut out 16 times in a season.
  • 2009: Columbus advances to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, though the team would be swept in the first round by the Detroit Red Wings without ever holding a lead in any game in the series. Detroit would go on to win the Eastern Conference before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • 2012: The Blue Jackets trade Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a 2013 first round pick (Kerby Rychel at #19). Columbus would also acquire goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at the 2012 Draft. Bobrovsky would go on to win the 2013 Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and set franchise records for wins (213), save percentage (.921), goals against average (2.41), and shutouts (33).
  • 2013: Columbus moves from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference following the NHL’s division realignment. The Blue Jackets ended their time in the West without ever finishing higher than third in the Central Division. Despite a trade for star scorer Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline, Columbus would miss the playoffs on a tiebreaker with the Minnesota Wild.
  • 2014: The Blue Jackets return to postseason play and win their first playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Pittsburgh would win the series, eliminating Columbus in six games.
  • 2015: Plagued by injuries, Columbus leads the league in man-games lost (502) and at one point had 15 players out of the lineup with various ailments, including top players Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Dubinsky, Jack Johnson, and Ryan Murray. The Blue Jackets missed the playoffs by nine points, using their draft position to select defenseman Zach Werenski, who would be named one of the teams alternate captains in 2021.
  • 2017: Columbus sets several team records, including most goals in a game during a 10-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens and a 14-game win streak, at the time the second-longest in NHL history.
  • 2019: After making the playoffs as #8 seed, Columbus sweeps the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning to win the first playoff series in team history. However, stars Sergei Bobrovsky, Matt Duchene, and Artemi Panarin all left the team in free agency following the season.
  • 2022: The Blue Jackets stunned the hockey universe by signing top free agent Johnny Gaudreau to a seven-year, $68.25 million deal. Gaudreau’s contract is thus far the largest free agent signing in team history.


How can I find reliable statistics for the Columbus Blue Jackets before placing a bet?

You can find reliable statistics for the Columbus Blue Jackets before placing a bet by checking in with sites like NHL.com, NaturalStatTrick.com, and Moneypuck.com. We also recommend reviewing injury reports through Puckpedia.com and starting lineups on DailyFaceoff.com.

What are the common betting options available for Columbus Blue Jackets games?

The common betting options available for Columbus Blue Jackets games are the moneyline (which team will win), puck line (spread), and over/under (total number of goals scored). You will also find many player- and team-related props markets at Ohio sportsbooks.

Are there any specific strategies for betting on the Columbus Blue Jackets?

There are many strategies for betting on the Columbus Blue Jackets, but there’s no single strategy that works every time. Our best advice is to avoid betting heavy favorites on the money so you can find hidden betting value elsewhere, diversify your betting slip, and never gamble more than you can afford to lose.

How does the Columbus Blue Jackets' current season performance affect betting decisions?

The 2023-24 Columbus Blue Jackets are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, and with the injuries that have hit the team, it’s more likely the team will end up with a top five draft pick than a playoff berth This performance will affect betting decisions by leading the the Blue Jackets being considered as underdogs more often than as favorites.

What should beginners know about betting on the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Beginners to betting on the Columbus Blue Jackets should familiarize themselves with the roster and line combinations, as these will help you gauge a player’s likely deployment rate (time on ice) and situational usage (especially important for power play lines). Additionally, they should focus on shot attempts for and against relative to their opponents, as there is a strong positive correlation between shot attempts and win rate.