Based in Columbus, Ohio, the Blue Jackets compete in the NHL and are members of the Metropolitan Division of the franchise’s Eastern Conference. The team’s unique team name is inspired by the state’s Civil War history. Originally founded in 2000 as an expansion team, they did manage to pull off a nearly impossible feat by qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the very first time back in 2009. All home games are played at the Nationwide Arena located in downtown Columbus which too like the team was inaugurated in 2000. The official mascot is a Stinger which for those who weren’t paying attention during biology class is a 6.9-foot bug that you’ll think twice before swatting…obviously! The Blue Jackets share a division with the Hurricanes, Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
Fans of the Blue Jackets who can’t afford a cable subscription can stream the team’s games online. Below are all the online only free streaming options…well some are not exactly free!
Watch The Columbus Blue Jackets Online Using the Official NHL GameCenter Service
The only official way to stream the Blue Jackets without having a cable subscription is via the NHL GameCenter service. At $24.99 a month, it’s not a bad deal and hardcore fans that want to watch every NHL game of the year can sign up for the entire year for $131.49. However, if you just want to follow your home team i.e. the Blue Jackets then the $100 annual subscription should suffice. What you get with every subscription is the ability to use the GameCenter app on just about any smartphone or device to stream a game live. You also get access to hundreds of preseason games which should keep any fan busy for a long time.
Live Stream the Columbus Blue Jackets Online with Sling TV
Sling TV subscribers can stream the Columbus Blue Jackets live whenever they play! Yes, that’s right, and it’s because with a Sling TV subscription you get to stream dozens of channels live including NHL Network, ESPN 1&2 as well as Fox Sports. Thanks to the Sling TV app you no longer need to stay at home just to watch the game when you can watch it on your mobile device on the go! Not bad for $20 a month.
Watch the Blue Jackets Play Live via DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW allows subscribers to live stream just about any and every sporting event including when the Blue Jackets play. The service live streams dozens fo channels including ones that broadcast NHL games like Fox Sports, ESPN and their own NHL Network. The basic subscription starts at $35 a month with no commitment and free data for streaming. Plus, thanks to the service’s native apps for leading mobile devices its possible to stream the games live and on the go!
Stream the Columbus Blue Jackets with the PlayStation Vue
Another alternative but very similar to Sling TV is the PlayStation Vue. The beauty of the Vue is that you can stream the Bluejackets directly to your PlayStation 4 console, in addition to a number of devices i.e. iOS, Android, Roku, etc. Similar to Sling TV, you get live access to ESPN 1&2. Though $40 a month for the so-called ‘Access’ package can seem like overkill if you’re barely making $10 an hour!
Other Ways of Streaming the Columbus Blue Jackets Online
Well, we reckon there are other ways you can stream the Blue Jackets for free online, but they are illegal. Yes! So illegal that you can end up in a maximum security prison with OJ Simpson delivering the nightly magazine.