COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Some say it was destiny, others say it was bribery. Whatever the reason, the Columbus Blue Jackets are returning to the post-season for the first time since 2007-2008.

After a rough start to the season, the Jackets found themselves in the basement of the Western Conference and many in the organization, including General Manager Eric, had written the season off. Key players such as Erik "EK" Christensen and Jay "Pretty Boy" McClement were shipped out around the New Year and the rebuild was in full effect.

But like birds returning up north after a long winter*, the Jackets found new life in early March and have been unstoppable ever since. Over the last 2 months, the team has posted more wins than any other team in the league, including President's Trophy champions Minnesota Wild**.

With only one (1) game remaining in the regular season, Columbus sits in 8th spot in the West and looks set to face those same Minnesota Wild in the first round. However, if the Jackets win their final game and the Vancouver Canucks lose theirs, the Jackets would face bitter rivals St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 1985 NEFHL finals***.

To commemorate having secured a playoff spot, the Jackets hosted a special ceremony tonight at Nationwide Arena in order to unveil their new banner which reads "Playoff Qualifier". From now on, when future generations of the Jackets look up into the rafters, they will be reminded of the Great Jacket Team of 2010-2011 who brought such pride to the City of Columbus.

* Not actually a saying.

** Statistic not verified.

*** As we all know, in 1985 the league was not divided into Eastern and Western conferences, rather the Blues played out of the Barry Conference and the Jackets out of the Upper Mid-West Conference.

-- BJ Express