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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
3 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  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
3 days ago  |  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
4 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Crashing the Net: Scrambled lines and an NHL debut

Columbus, Ohio - Stuck in the midst of a three-game losing streak, Blue Jackets bench boss Todd Richards broke a couple of eggs and scrambled his line combinations in hopes of sparking some offense. Coming into tonight's tilt with the New York Rangers, they have an 18-20-3 record and have been outshot 103-54 over the last three games. The Rangers have been shutout in their last two...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
15 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  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
19 days ago  |  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
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets-Coyotes Preview

Improved road play contributed to a stellar December for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They'll have plenty more opportunities to continue that in the new year starting Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes. This seemed like it was destined to be a lost season for the Blue Jackets, who headed into December with a 6-15-2 record and were languishing at the bottom of the Metropolitan...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

There's no way but the hard way for the Blue Jackets

Resilience is defined as "the power or ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed or stretched." The Blue Jackets have shown they are a resilient group of players the last two years. In the lockout shortened 2012-13 season they got off to an abysmal start, going 5-12-2. They finished that year with a 19-5-5 run, just missing out on the playoffs. Last season...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  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

Crashing the Net: Wennberg better the second time around

Columbus, Ohio - There's a happy holiday feeling in the air surrounding the Blue Jackets three days before Christmas. Keeping the players focused on tonight's game, with their minds on family and friends that may be in town for the holiday, is paramount for head coach Todd Richards. "Our focus is going to be important tonight," he said. "Being prepared to number one, know what they...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 22, 2014  |  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
December 11, 2014  |  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
December 10, 2014  |  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
November 26, 2014  |  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
November 25, 2014  |  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
November 24, 2014  |  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
November 24, 2014  |  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

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 2-1 win over the Sharks

One: They came out of the gate playing their way and dictating the pace. San Jose was unable to get sustained pressure in the Blue Jackets offensive zone, as Columbus got the puck deep and established their forecheck. They played "big", throwing their bodies with calculated abandon. Two: They got away from getting the puck deep and the San Jose pushback was on. They were hemmed in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Score Effects and Score Close: Why the Jackets Look Like a Better Team in the Final Period

This one’s going to break some hearts and make you ask “y u do dis?” If you enjoy believing that the Jackets really are coming out with a fire lit under their ass after the first two periods, in an attempt to tie or win the game, and you want to keep believing this, then stop reading here. The Fantasy The team is down by a pair of goals heading into the third period. A leader...
Via BS Hockey
November 14, 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
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