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Richards: 'Individuals have to get better, our team has to get better'

A strong eight-game stretch has the New Jersey Devils still believing they can reach the playoffs. Handing the Columbus Blue Jackets an eighth straight loss may seem mandatory to those hopes. Cory Schneider has beaten the Blue Jackets more than any opponent and the red-hot goaltender will likely get the start Friday night at home for the Devils. Also playing in their favor is Columbus...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2015  |  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
February 26, 2015  |  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
February 08, 2015  |  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
February 06, 2015  |  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
February 03, 2015  |  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
February 03, 2015  |  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

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

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

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

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
November 27, 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

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
November 18, 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
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