Blue Jackets Game 2 Morning Skate

PITTSBURGH -- Ahead of Game 2, RJ Umberger is making his return to the lineup after being out with injury. Although he has been to the playoffs before, this is a big game for him. He's a Pittsburgh native that calls Columbus home now. Columbus head coach Todd Richards was asked what he expects from Umberger in Game 2. "I'm expecting him to come out, play fast and play...
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For Blue Jackets, minor tweaks are recipe for success

Chalk the loss up to nerves, or maybe to inexperience. After squandering a two-goal lead in game one Wednesday evening in Pittsburgh, the learning curve must be swift for Columbus if they hope to rebound against a fast, skilled Penguins team on Saturday. They proved to themselves that they have the wherewithal to play at this level. The key is now to play their game for the full...
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Good showing not good enough for CBJ

PITTSBURGH - It remains possible, maybe even likely, that a couple of the eight first-round series in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs will be total duds. Pittsburgh-Columbus will not be one of them. One game is in the books, and it went in the favor of the home team. The Penguins dominated the third period and used a Brandon Sutter wrist shot to secure the winning margin in...
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For Columbus, the wait is over

April 23, 2009 was a night that many fans will remember. Nationwide Arena was sold out. The atmosphere was electric and the fans received a taste of what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about. Columbus was defeated in a dogfight of a game by their old Central Division nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings, 6-5. The hope was that they would replicate a trip to the postseason the following...
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What to watch for as Blue Jackets take on Penguins

In 2009, Columbus made their first trip to the playoffs. They expended most of their energy to get to that point, clinching that spot with just a few days to go in the regular season. They were swept in four games by a good Detroit Red Wings team, and by an aggregate score of 18-7. The fans were given merely a hint of the power and excitement of playoff hockey. They wanted more,...
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Blue Jackets 3 Panthers 2: Locked in at seven

Ryan Johansen dropped to one knee early in the third period last night, launching a highlight-reel goal that shot the Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers and into a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. A 3-2 win before 14,241 at the BB&T Center locked the Blue Jackets into seventh place and the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference...
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Blue Jackets at Panthers game preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are entering their final game of the regular season with an outside shot at a third-place finish in the Metropolitan Division, which would earn them a first-round date with the New York Rangers. To get there, they'll need at least one point from Saturday night's visit with the Florida Panthers and plenty of help from Philadelphia's last two opponents...
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Blue Jackets race to finish line with NHL's busiest schedule

"Adrenaline is really kicking in right now. This is what they live for and what they play for -- these are exciting times for them." That was Columbus Blue Jackets strength and conditioning coach Kevin Collins, responding to a question about possible fatigue, as the Blue Jackets sprint to the end of the regular season playing what seems to be a game every day. It isn'...
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Blue Jackets' Umberger sidelined at least two weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets forward RJ Umberger is out "probably at least a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury, according to coach Todd Richards. The news was first reported Monday by Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell. If the timeline on the injury is accurate, Umberger won't return this season unless the Blue Jackets qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-0 shutout of the Islanders

One: Boone Jenner was in beast mode tonight. A goal, an assist and he made his presence felt all over the ice. "He's brought it all year", said head coach Todd Richards. "I think he'€™s getting better and that's what you want to see out of your young players." Don't be surprised if this kid is a captain some day. Two: After a dismal power play...
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Blue Jackets need to channel their emotions

Anger and Desperation In advance of tonight's tilt with the bottom-of-the-Metro New York Islanders, Columbus head coach Todd Richards is hoping that his guys take the sting of losing to the Chicago Blackhawks two days earlier and channel that into smart play. "There will be emotion", said Richards. "Hopefully, there's a little bit of anger and disappointment...
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Blue Jackets look to bounce back against Islanders

The Columbus Blue Jackets suffered what could end up being a devastating loss in their last game. Picking up two points against a team already eliminated from playoff contention would go a long way toward erasing that bitter memory. Columbus' resiliency will be put to the test Sunday when it faces the New York Islanders trying to avoid a seventh loss in eight home games. With...
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The Blue Jackets are takin' care of business

After what was perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Blue Jackets, they only had the plane ride back to Port Columbus to savor it. But, what a huge victory it was in the City of Brotherly Love. The Blue Jackets were 0-5-1 all-time in Philadelphia before last night's game, the only NHL city in which they had not won a game. That was crossed off the "to-do" list...
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Palpable disappointment in Colorado

The disappointment was as palpable as a veil over the dressing room following the 3-2 loss in overtime. Although Columbus gained an all-important point as they jockey for a playoff position, this one stung. Colorado scored all three of their goals from deflections off Blue Jackets players. You can distill this loss down to one word… ouch. "We were the best shooters in the...
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Do the Blue Jackets have the 'right stuff'?

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Beginning Friday night, the Blue Jackets embark on the final sixteen days of the regular season. Over the next two weeks, they will play 10 games, five on the road and five within the friendly confines. Ten in sixteen will determine if Columbus makes only their second playoff appearance. Currently, the Blue Jackets occupy seventh place in the Eastern Conference...
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Jackets look to get win vs. Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins still have yet to clinch a playoff spot and are staring at the possibility of their longest losing streak in two seasons. Perhaps their woes will end against a brand-new division rival they have beaten all four times this season. The playoff-chasing Columbus Blue Jackets have lost five straight overall in this series heading into Friday night's home matchup...
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Power-play strikes fuel crucial victory

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With 15,103 raucous fans filling the friendly confines, the Blue Jackets dispatched the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-2. With fans split roughly 50/50 between union blue and red, the Blue Jackets looked to re-establish their game and recapture their identity after a two-game skid. The game turned on a Cam Atkinson goal that went to review in Toronto. Coming into...
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Blue Jackets must reverse slide now to keep playoff hopes alive

What a difference a few days make. Less than a week ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were coming off what looked to be a signature win, a thrilling 3-2 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens on a highlight-reel goal by Ryan Johansen. The two points propelled the Blue Jackets into third place in the Metropolitan Division. The following night, in a scintillating divisional matchup...
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Time becoming enemy in fight for playoff spot

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'... Into the future Coming out of the Olympic break, Columbus had 24 games to play to reach the finish line. Winning two of every three of those games should have seen them make the postseason in comfortable fashion. In the 13 games played, they have gone 7-5-1. That puts them two wins off the pace they needed to maintain. What...
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Blue Jackets riding the roller coaster of the playoff race

Running into a hot goalie on a team that is, for all intents and purposes out of the playoff race, put a crimp in the Blue Jackets bid to make only their second playoff appearance. With the other teams surrounding them in the ultra-tight Metro division winning, salt was added to the wound of a 3-1 loss to Carolina. With just fourteen games remaining in the regular season, the sprint...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Second place in the Metro, the Blue Jackets still not satisfied

Three nights after their game was postponed in Dallas, the Blue Jackets moved into second place in the Metro division. Although tied with the New York Rangers on points (74), they occupy the spot based on having a game in hand. That makeup game just grew in importance, as if it wasn't important enough already. Hard-charging Columbus, 17-7-2 in 2014, kept their emotions in-check...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Takeaways from the Blue Jackets 1-0 win over the Predators

One: Forty-eight hours after getting shellacked by Chicago, the Blue Jackets showed how resilient and responsible they can be. There was no question that they brought their intensity to the Predators with the momentum swinging in their favor after a 2nd period fight between Corey Tropp and Nashville's Eric Nystrom. Look up "hard work" and "energy" in the Columbus...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Richards says Jackets weren't 'emotionally into game' in 6-1 loss

Playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions should be an occasion where a team rises to the challenge. This close to the end of the season and in the midst of a tight battle for a playoff position, intensity and hard work get ramped up. Contenders rise as the rest begin to fall by the wayside. As the saying goes, it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff. Being down 5-1...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The squeaky wheel gets the grease

With the rust that was evident on their game against the New Jersey Devils, Columbus might want to purchase a few cans of WD-40 at the local hardware store. After an Olympic break and five practices, the Blue Jackets were a step slow and outworked by the Devils, who drew even with them in the Metro Division. Columbus is still only three points behind Philadelphia for third place...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 5-2 loss to the Devils

One: For a club that touts their identity as a "hard-working" team, Columbus was outworked by New Jersey. Maybe this was just some flakes of rust on their game after the Olympic break. They had better hope that's the case. Two: For a team that is known to clog the neutral zone, New Jersey was positively relentless on the forecheck. Columbus was simply a step slow to...
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