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Tough decisions on Blue Jackets blue line

Columbus woke up Wednesday morning in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division thanks to a 1-0 shootout victory in Detroit Tuesday night. This extends their winning streak to seven games, one short of the franchise record set in January. They play the remainder of their five December games at home. They are making up ground, albeit slowly, in the standings after digging a hole to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets energy line providing spark

Columbus, Ohio - This had much of the nastiness that a rivalry forged in the playoffs will provide. From hard, physical play to eighty-eight minutes of penalties between the two teams, it would seem as if no time at all has elapsed since Columbus' first round playoff exit last April. They came out from the drop of the puck and dictated the pace of play. Up and down the forward lines...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Looking for satisfaction and Rychel has returned

Columbus, Ohio - The players gathered at center ice and waited. They kept looking to the tunnel leading to the dressing room... and waited. Finally, as the clock struck 10 a.m. signaling the start of practice, he appeared. Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made it to the ice exactly on time, to the cheers of his teammates. After a short meeting with head coach Todd Richards...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets showing resiliency in winning streak

As everyone was celebrating Thanksgiving in the United States, The Blue Jackets were mired in the midst of their second losing streak of the season. Two weeks later, they are finding ways to win hockey games. Besting the Washington Capitals in the Verizon Center 3-2 in overtime Thursday evening extended their winning streak to five. They are slowly narrowing the gap to a playoff...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets want to keep it simple

In spite of the plethora of injuries they have endured and two losing streaks of nine and six games, respectively, the team has found a way to get back to doing what they do best. Instead of trying to be what they are not, they have embraced playing a simple, predictable game that has proven to be successful. The Blue Jackets, winners of four consecutive games, are more upbeat and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Injury Update: Dubinsky made his season debut on Tuesday

Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky made his season debut on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers. View image | gettyimages.com Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards announced Monday that Dubinsky would return to the line-up when the Jackets would be hosting the Flyers at Nationwide, as per a tweet made by the Blue Jackets twitter account. This was Dubinsky's...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets extend winning streak to four

Columbus, Ohio - Did you find yourself saying "Whoa Nellie!" after the Blue Jackets won their first overtime victory of the season? No? Well, that was the feeling among many of the 14,196 that watched their team extend its' winning streak to four. Yes, that's four games in a row. Almost suddenly, they've gone from finding ways to lose to finding a way to win. "It was exciting for...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: How to skin a cat, part deux

Columbus, Ohio - Two days removed from their first win in seven games, the Blue Jackets had a full practice on the main ice this morning. They travel to south Florida this afternoon in advance of Thursday night's game against the Panthers, having won 2-1 on Monday versus the same team. "Trying to prepare our guys," said head coach Todd Richards, "it makes it a little bit easier....
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Predators preview

After barely scraping by one lowly opponent, the Nashville Predators insist they won't look past another one. The Predators seek a season-high fourth straight win overall and sixth in a row at home Saturday night against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that has dropped five straight. Nashville (15-5-2) beat Edmonton 1-0 in overtime on Thursday to improve to 9-1-1 at home. Filip Forsberg...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Predators Preview

After barely scraping by one lowly opponent, the Nashville Predators insist they won't look past another one. The Predators seek a season-high fourth straight win overall and sixth in a row at home Saturday night against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that has dropped five straight. Nashville (15-5-2) beat Edmonton 1-0 in overtime on Thursday to improve to 9-1-1 at home. Filip Forsberg...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: The standard of expectations

Columbus, Ohio - On a day for giving thanks, the Blue Jackets were on the ice practicing in advance of Friday's matchup with the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Head coach Todd Richards had them skating hard and with pace, wanting to see crisp passes as they search for a way out of the funk that they currently find themselves in. This team is full of guys that have way too much pride...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Getting confidence and Dubinsky's voice

Columbus, Ohio - On the day before Thanksgiving, the Blue Jackets held an optional skate within the quiet confines of Nationwide Arena. Eleven players, including forwards Brandon Dubinsky (abdominal surgery) and Mark Letestu (groin) skated within the quiet confines of the arena. Head coach Todd Richards said Tuesday after the loss to Winnipeg that he did not expect any of the injured...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tentative play cost the Blue Jackets two points

Columbus, Ohio - Wading into a hockey game rarely gets you the result that you seek. But that's exactly what the Blue Jackets did Tuesday evening as they dropped another game to push their record to 6-13-2. The hesitation was visible among the players as they attempted to create chances. Indecisiveness with the puck and electing to pass instead of shooting it at the net bogged them...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

It's about doing the little things the right way

Not much is going right for the Blue Jackets these days. There were, and still are, some injuries that they're dealing with. There was the nine-game losing streak that put them in a hole that is rather deep. And they are letting in more goals this year as compared to last season. It's as if instead of finding ways to win games, they are finding ways to lose. On the surface, it seems...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Blue Jackets own up to bad start

Columbus, Ohio -€“ It was a somewhat quiet group of players that took to the ice this morning for practice on the main ice of Nationwide Arena. The normal jocularity as the players warmed up was missing. Winning just two games of your last fourteen will have that effect on a team. Head coach Todd Richards reworked his forward lines for practice today in the hopes of maybe sparking...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
23 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Union Blue after 20 games

We've arrived at the quarter mark of what has already been a disconcerting season for the Blue Jackets. Having won just six games in their first twenty has put them in a hole that becomes a little deeper with each mounting loss. Of those six wins, just two of them came in their last fourteen games. Does anyone have an extension ladder for sale at a rock bottom price? Their 4-2 loss...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets are making progress

Columbus, Ohio - When is a loss bearable to a team? Or is it ever really bearable? Most would answer that a loss is never bearable. Friday night in Columbus, the argument can be made that the 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins was bearable in that the team made strides in finding 'their game'. Two points are better than one, but one is better than none. This team has been searching for...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Skille and Calvert are back, lineup changes and being disciplined

Columbus, Ohio - Tuesday evening there were three healthy players watching the game from the press box. Forwards Jack Skille and Matt Calvert are ready to make their return to the lineup, with newly-acquired defenseman Kevin Connauton "possibly" drawing in versus the visiting Boston Bruins, according to head coach Todd Richards. Skille, himself a waiver claim, is anxious to get back...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets are still in search of consistency

Every year, the seasons change as a new year of hockey dawns. And yet, there is one constant about the Blue Jackets that never seems to alter itself from one year to the next. It's reminiscent of starting your car on a cold morning. You turn the key and the engine chugs and chugs until it finally turns over and fires up to life. The Blue Jackets start each season in almost the same...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets Injury Update: Ryan Johansen will be playing tonight

Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen will be in the lineup for tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Blue Jackets twitter account. #486304249 / gettyimages.com Johansen didn't practice Monday with what coach Todd Richards told the team's official website was lingering soreness from Saturday's two to one win over the San Jose Sharks. Johansen had...
Via Sports Injury Alert
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: upbeat Blue Jackets might be without Johansen on Tuesday

Columbus, Ohio - After a day off, the team got back to work on the main ice, sans center Ryan Johansen. Forward Artem Anisimov slid into Johansen's spot in the lineup for drills. Johansen was "banged up" according to head coach Todd Richards after sliding into the San Jose goalpost towards the end of the game. Richards said he's "questionable" to play on Tuesday against the visiting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Harsh reality setting in for the Columbus Blue Jackets

The harsh reality of their disappointing start is beginning to set in for the Columbus Blue Jackets. With 15 games in the books, the Blue Jackets have just nine points to show for their efforts. It’s not clear how many points will be needed to make the playoffs in the East this season, but it doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out the Blue Jackets are in bad shape. In a...
Via Bloguin Best
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

For the Blue Jackets, has the message been received?

There isn't much laughter and jocularity ringing through the hallways of Nationwide Arena these days. A losing streak will have that effect on a team. Good-natured joking around has been replaced with a potentially grim reality. You can't play your way into the playoffs in the first 14 games of the season, but you can sure play your way out of them. Columbus is on the latter path...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay

Two games in two nights showed it's wear and tear on the Blue Jackets. There appeared not to be enough time for players to get their engines going. Head coach Todd Richards said "(Tampa Bay) was skating and we were chasing." Even a four goal rally wasn't enough to bring the Jackets their first win in 8 games. One: Discipline. Compared to last night's tour of the penalty box with...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: a mixed bag (skate)

Columbus, OH     One day after playing one of their most unengaged games of the season, the Blue Jackets sweated under the watchful eye of head coach Todd Richards and his staff. Known for having a relatively calm demeanor, he said the decision to have this intense of a practice was an easy one. And while it wasn't a traditional "bag skate", it was intense. "I don't believe in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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