Playoffs or Bust! Blue Jackets 2013-14 season preview

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

When the puck drops on Friday night at Nationwide Arena, it will begin a Blue Jacket season of the highest expectations yet. Again.

Yes, it feels like déjà vu all over again, but a thrilling run at a playoff slot to cap last season - and the emergence of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky as one of the league's elite -have filled the "Let's go, Jackets!" chants with more enthusiasm than we've seen in years.

Simply put, it's playoffs or bust for this team.

Read on for an interview with fan favorite Jody Shelley, some key players to watch, a beginner's guide to the game and more.

Blue Jackets season opener vs. Calgary Flames

7 p.m. Friday, October 4

Nationwide Arena

200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

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