Found October 31, 2013 on
from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch,
Coach Todd Richards often has downplayed the differences between the NHL’s Western and Eastern conferences, with the Blue Jackets switching to the East this season.
But this week, after the Jackets played eight of their first 10 against Eastern opponents, Richards was quick to acknowledge one major difference.
“When we go back and look at where we’re getting scoring chances, we’re getting a lot more off the rush this year, which is different than last year,” Richards said. “I think it’s the transition game in the East. We’ll see how it goes later on, but we’re able to generate a lot more off the rush.”
The Blue Jackets are scoring more (2.73 goals a game) than they did last season (2.40), but they are content to counter with the forecheck, the cycle and the greasy goals that go with them.
“We can’t all the sudden become a run-and gun, up-and-down-the-ice team that trades chances,” forward Mark Letestu said. “As much
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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
There have been no talks about a contract extension between the Blue Jackets and right wing Marian Gaborik, and there seems to be no urgency on either side to strike a deal. Gaborik, who would be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, said he hasn’t given his contract status much thought....
But what Kekalainen wants from Gaborik...
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday that their rookie forward Boone Jenner will be out for two more games. This due to a leg injury that held him out in the loss to Anaheim on Sunday. This from the teams twitter feed.
On Oct. 25th, the 20 year old Jenner was hurt during a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will sit out this weekends games against the Pittsburgh...
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Columbus Blue Jackets (5-6-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (9-4-0)
Root Sports, FS-O - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Finally these two teams are in the same division. This could be a nice little rivalry. Bobrovsky always seems to have good games against the Pens. Expect to hear Mark Letestu and R.J. Umberger mentioned over and over and over.
Blue Jackets rookie forward Boone Jenner will not play this weekend in two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and seems likely to miss all or part of a busy schedule next week. Coach Todd Richards said a leg injury Jenner suffered on Oct. 24 against Toronto probably would keep him out of the lineup “more toward weeks, not days.” “Double-digit days,” Richards said. He declined...