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Step aside Murphy; injuries riding shotgun with Blue Jackets

Gnashing its teeth and snarling all season, the injury bug is a nasty beast that has positively gorged on the Blue Jackets this year. It has been like the proverbial cockroach that survives the apocalypse. When the team finishes playing the second game of back-to-backs on Sunday evening in Pittsburgh, they will have lost north of 400 man games due to injury this season. The next...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Frustration mounts for Blue Jackets after another slow start

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Half of the team was still on the ice for the pregame warm-ups when the news of Nathan Horton being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs went up on the video ribbon that encircles the arena. As they filed back into the dressing room, it was confirmed that they were getting a new teammate in David Clarkson. "We've all been in that situation before," said head coach Todd...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: A reunion and lineup changes for Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Traditionally, when the Blue Jackets have a sub-par or somewhat lackadaisical game day morning skate, they have a good game that night. Ten minutes into practice and in-between drills, head coach Todd Richards raised his voice to tell the guys to practice with a "little bit of pace", as they prepped for tonight's tilt. While the pace was increased, there was still...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Richards addresses injuries and praises Pacioretty

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One day after losing 4-2 to the league-worst Buffalo Sabres, the Blue Jackets held a team meeting and then an optional skate on the main ice of Nationwide Arena. Ten players participated, along with associate coaches Craig Hartsburg and Brad Larsen and goaltending coach Ian Clark. There were five forwards, three defensemen and two goalies on the ice for a shorter...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Dubi and the Smurfs, Wiz news and more

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Who's in and who's out ruled the roost as the Blue Jackets wrapped-up their morning skate in advance of Tuesday night's tilt with the Buffalo Sabres. Two days after defenseman James Wisniewski was a healthy scratch against the New York Rangers, he's back in the lineup Tuesday night. Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wouldn't elaborate past saying his being scratched...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Back from the road, Blue Jackets start three game homestand

With the five-game road trip now complete, the Blue Jackets spend the next six days in Columbus playing three games within the friendly confines. They didn't fare as well as they had hoped on the road, earning only five of the available 10 points. Once past the road trip-opening 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders, they played better hockey over the following four games. Unfortunately...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Observations Heading Into Game 58 Between the Blue Jackets and Penguins

By: Joe Guzy Welcome to Game 2 of the “Man Games Lost” Cup! The Columbus Blue Jackets enter the series with 352 man games lost while the Pittsburgh Penguins come in at a respectable 248. The Penguins will have a chance to improve their 7-10-4 record in the Metropolitan Division against the  Blue Jackets who find themselves on the outside looking in with a record of 25-27-3...
Via The PensNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets are finding a way to win

Over the last 120 minutes of hockey, the Blue Jackets opened the floodgates for 11 goals and played to their identity for a majority of those two games. With their backs against the playoff wall, they're starting to play as a cohesive unit on the ice. "We found a way to win a hockey game," said Todd Richards on Saturday evening. "Tough circumstances to get up here coming off an emotional...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Getting ready for a 'man's game,' igniting a catalyst

The Blue Jackets welcome the St Louis Blues to Nationwide Arena tonight and have an opportunity to snap two streaks -- the home team wants to stop the losing at three straight games and the Blues come in looking for their ninth win in a row and a chance to take sole control of the central division. Jackets head coach Todd Richards knows what kind of game his players will face tonight...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets still searching for consistent effort

There is no one reason that the Blue Jackets find themselves with an almost insurmountable mountain to climb as they prepare to play Game 50 on Friday night. From injuries to a lack of consistency, the reasons for their decline from one year ago are many. "It's not over with," said Nick Foligno about their season, "but we're disappointed that we're in the position we're in. I think...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets lose 4-1 and extend loss streak to three

Columbus, Ohio - Post-mortems on a loss are never all that pleasant, and Tuesday night was no exception. They lost 4-1 to a road-weary Arizona Coyotes team that played better 'Blue Jackets hockey' than the hometown team did, extending their loss streak to three. "You would think that we would come out and play," said a clearly frustrated Todd Richards after the game. "I don't have...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Blue Jackets lineup changes, again

Columbus, Ohio - Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards wasn't kidding when he said yesterday that he was going to adjust his lineup for tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes. Once again, he has a defenseman flipping to the forward lines in place of the ill Matt Calvert. The roulette wheel was spun and it landed on Kevin Connauton, as he makes a start on the fourth line with...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Maturity comes with time for Blue Jackets

Maturity is something that grows over time. For it to blossom, it needs to be nourished with care and vision. Maturity is an ongoing process that is never truly finished. The Blue Jackets have been a young team for quite some time. The maturing process never really had a chance to begin without a starting point on the timeline of the franchise. For the sake of this discussion, we...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Injury updates and versatile defensemen

Columbus, Ohio - After a day off to enjoy the Super Bowl, twenty-one Blue Jackets got back to work within the friendly confines this morning. The only players missing were forwards Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky. Coach Todd Richards gave what basically amounted to an injury report in his post-practice scrum. He started by saying that Dubinsky was taking a maintenance day (soreness...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Good news / bad news for the Blue Jackets

Columbus, Ohio - And the hits keep coming. Less than 24 hours after they beat the Washington Capitals, the Blue Jackets lose another player to injury. Head coach Todd Richards confirmed today that forward Jeremy Morin, who did not play in the third period last night, was out indefinitely with an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not elaborate on the injury. Richards said last...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Good news / bad news for the Blue Jackets

Columbus, Ohio - And the hits keep coming. Less than 24 hours after they beat the Washington Capitals, the Blue Jackets lose another player to injury. Head coach Todd Richards confirmed today that forward Jeremy Morin, who did not play in the third period last night, was out indefinitely with an undisclosed upper-body injury and did not elaborate on the injury. Richards said last...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets earn valuable points against divisional foe

Columbus, Ohio - Coming out of the All-Star break, it came down to a question of which team would get their legs moving first. Sloppy, sluggish play by both teams through the first movement of the dance left the outcome in doubt. "I made the comment to the (broadcast) guys," said bench boss Todd Richards, "it looked like both teams had four or five days off. It started that way and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackets take in All-Star experience, recharge for rest of season

The Blue Jackets had three players named to the 2015 NHL All-Star roster, but they weren't the only ones taking part in the festivities. A few of the Jackets stayed in town and took part in all the weekend had to offer. Jackets head coach Todd Richards was originally slated to head out of town for a few days, but his family decided to stay in town and take in some of the All-Star...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

For the Blue Jackets, the hole got a little deeper

Columbus, Ohio - Forty-eight hours ago, head coach Todd Richards opened his post-game remarks after losing to the Montreal Canadiens by saying the way they lost that game bothered him. The effort and discipline were lacking that night. Fast-forward to Friday night and the Blue Jackets were facing another team they are attempting to chase down, this time their divisional foe, the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 2-1 loss to the Rangers

One: They played a better game than the loss to Montreal on Wednesday, but ultimately didn't play a full 60 minute game leading to a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. Once the Rangers pushed back in the second period, the Blue Jackets reverted to slower transitions out of their zone. Although better than recent games, their transition game needs to get more consistent. Two: Josh...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Desultory loss overshadows positives for Blue Jackets

Columbus, Ohio - Just four simple words uttered by Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards after his team squandered a two-goal lead and lost 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens summed up this evening. "This one bothers me," said the frustrated bench boss. "We found a way to lose this game. The game held promise for the team. They held a 2-0 lead until the 51:30 mark of the game. 'Held'...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Murray practices and Collins more comfortable

Columbus, Ohio - After a desultory pair of losses over the weekend and a day off yesterday, head coach Todd Richards put the team through practice this morning at Nationwide Arena. There was a hard, fast pace to the drills, with Richards barking commands to move faster. When a drill didn't go exactly the way he wanted, the players rewound and repeated the drill. By the end of the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets' Todd Richards celebrates three years behind the bench

What do you get when celebrating your third anniversary? If one takes the traditional route, leather would be an appropriate gift. If you're going for a more modern feel, crystal or glass will work. For a hockey coach celebrating his third anniversary behind the bench on a game day, putting a "W" in the win column would do rather nicely. Friday night in Toronto marks three years...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-1 win over the Wild

One: They started off with a little zip that faded shortly into the game. Minnesota's forecheck was aggressive and the Blue Jackets didn't have an answer for it. Taking two penalties swung the momentum in the Wild's favor that they didn't get back until the second half of the game. Two: Coach Todd Richards changed up his lines midway through the game, leading to some chances from...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Letestu close to returning

Columbus, Ohio - The team had their first full practice since the Christmas break in the Ice Haus today. Filled with pace and battle drills along the boards, it lasted for the better part of an hour. A welcome sight on the ice was center Mark Letestu, on Injured Reserve after having surgery December 2 for groin and abdominal injuries. He was not wearing a red "don't touch me" jersey...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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