Columbus Blue Jackets
It’s almost a shame that the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are getting their outdoor game this season. Either of those teams would be excellent matchups for the Carolina Hurricanes as a battle of the south. Nashville vs Carolina would have to be called the Barbeque Classic. Think of just how enraged the gatekeepers of the north would be. Simmer in it.
Alas with those two teams battling it out that leaves six other teams remaining without an outdoor game to include the Carolina Hurricanes. Now there is a huge possibility that they opponent is a massive market team that can help ensure it is a sellout and keep the revenue coming for the league. But is that necessary with Carolina?
A few years ago I might have had to say yes. But the Carolina Hurricanes have shown that they are more than capable of filling the building and perhaps even a stadium when it comes to big events such as the playoffs and perhaps even an outdoor game. This team is finally a good team once again and the fans are returning in droves. so why not pick a team that has yet to play outside?
That brings us to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They, along with the Hurricanes are one of the six teams that have yet to play an outdoors game. They are the only team on that list that are a division rival. Question becomes can they draw enough of their fan base to help fill in the 57 thousand seats that Carter Finley features?