The Toronto Blue Jackets have been the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference.
They’ve been among the most consistent in the League.
The Blue Jackets won the Presidents’ Trophy last season.
They have the best record in the NHL.
And they have the second-most playoff wins in the league.
They’ll be without two key pieces for the first time this season: center Jussi Jokinen and defenseman Alexander Wennberg.
Both players were traded in a deal that sent goalie Carter Hart to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Jokinon, 31, was the Blue Jackets second-leading scorer last season with 42 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 55 games.
The 6-foot-4, 201-pound native of Finland played eight NHL seasons with the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jokela, 28, has three goals and nine assists in 39 games with the Blue Jacket this season.
The 22-year-old from Finland is one of the NHL’s most prolific goal scorers this season with 21 goals and 21 assists in 53 games.
But the Blue Japs are not going to win without either.
Joked on how the Blue Jays have improved the most: “We’re playing good hockey.
The puck’s coming out.
We’re playing fast.
We’ve got some guys who can skate, we’ve got the puck on the net, we’re making good plays.
So the puck’s flowing through the play.
The way we’re playing, we know when to take the high stick and when to let the puck go and that’s where we’re really starting to get good.”
The Blue Jays are also playing their best hockey of the season.
Toronto is 20-3-1 at home, including 10-1-0 at home in the second half.
The Jays are 10-0-1 in their past 11 games and have won eight straight.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence,” coach Mike Babcock said.
“I think we’re starting to play with a little more confidence.
I think our guys have been playing well.
They’re playing really well.
We have a lot more confidence in our guys.
We know how to get the puck to the net and get it on net and when we can do that, we’ll be good.”
The Blue Jays went 13-2-2 on their way to the Presidents Trophy.
Their record was tied for first with Anaheim.
The Red Sox won the title after winning the American League East last season, and the Red Sox also won the AL Central.
Boston has a record of 22-20-2, and they’ve been in the hunt for the AL East crown since the 2016 season.
The Blue Jackets play a home-and-home series with the Tampa Bay Rays, and both games are set for a 3 p.m.
The Rays defeated the Blue Jacks 4-1 on March 7.
Blue Jays first baseman Jose Bautista was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.
Bautica was one of four Blue Jays to be traded in the deal.
He was traded to Boston on March 16.
Bautista, 32, was hitting .291 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Blue Angels.
He won the American league MVP Award and the AL MVP Award in 2016, after leading the AL with a .344 batting average and winning a Gold Glove.
On Monday, the Blue Jay infield was playing in the first of three games at Fenway Park against the Rays.