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Three Things: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings 11/19/14

The Jackets looked flat and dropped an embarrassing 5-0 decision to conference rival Detroit.
(monroenews.com)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. Last night’s 5-0 loss to Detroit isn’t as ugly as it sounds, but let’s get right into it. ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Detroit Red Wings 11/18/14

The Jackets and Red Wings are both dealing with injury issues, but will be tenaciously trying to get in the win column.
(Octopusthrower.com)

Who: Detroit Red Wings Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: As much as things change for the Red Wings, they stay the same. They currently sit fourth in the Atlantic Division with 21 points (8-4-5) and are getting surprisingly good defense and goaltending, allowing the third-fewest goals in the conference. Part of that has to do ... Read More »

Ryan Johansen “banged up”

Johansen has been one of the consistent forces for the Jackets this year and losing him would be huge.
(fulltilthockeynetwork.com)

Another day, another potential injury. Such is life for the Columbus Blue Jackets. For the myriad names that have been taken out of the lineup, budding superstar Ryan Johansen has been able to avoid that fate. Well, until now at least. Johansen skipped practice on Monday and is questionable for tonight’s tilt with the Detroit Red Wings. “We’ll see how ... Read More »

Three Things: Columbus Blue Jackets Weekend Edition 11/17/14

Hartnell faced down his old team and helped his new one escape town with a much-needed win.
(unionandblue.com)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. This is a weekend edition, covering back-to-back wins(!!!) over the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks. Take Charge ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Jordan Leopold

Leopold has been used sparingly in St. Louis, but he'll fill one of the vacant injured defensive spots on the Jackets' blue line.
(bleedinblue.com)

In the middle of a skid, you’ll look to do whatever you can to change that. When you’re in the middle of a skid and half of your lineup is out, you might make a change to help swing the momentum back your way. The Columbus Blue Jackets went for the latter on Saturday when they sent a 2016 fifth-round ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Philadelphia Flyers 11/14/14

Jakub Voracek is one of the hottest offensive players in the NHL right now. Can the Jackets contain him and get off the skids?  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Who: Philadelphia Flyers Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: Same story, different year: the Flyers are pretty good offensively, but still have a really hard time figuring out how to keep the puck out of their own net. Part of that has to do with the patchwork defense they have in place, down Kimmo Timmonen ... Read More »

Nathan Horton could have career-ending back surgery

It's been one thing after another since Horton signed with Columbus and now his career could be over due to a degenerative back issue. (Bluejackets.nhl.com)

Even when there’s a break on the horizon, Nathan Horton can never really get a fair shake. That’s been the case ever since he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. They knew he’d miss time recovering from a shoulder injury, but he was seemingly right back in the lineup before being taken out again with a need for abdominal surgery. ... Read More »

Bobrovsky, Calvert could return to lineup Friday

Getting Bobrovsky back into the lineup would be a good first step towards getting things back on track in Columbus. (Getty Images)

Things are about as bad as can be for the Columbus Blue Jackets right now. The team is mired in a nine-game losing streak and half of their team – literally – is injured. But it appears that the #1 Cop on the Force could be back in action as soon as the weekend. According to the voice of the ... Read More »

Three Things: Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals 11/12/14

It was another night of misery for the Blue Jackets en route to their ninth-straight loss. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. Let’s get right to it about last night’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. On Life Support We’re ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Washington Capitals 11/11/14

Ovechkin and Johansen will lead their teams into battle tonight in the nation's capital. (Capitals.nhl.com)

Who: Washington Capitals Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: The Capitals are winners of their past two after dropping the previous five games. The main issue comes back to goaltending and defense. The Caps are in the bottom third of the league in goals against per game and part of that rests on the tandem of ... Read More »

Early adversity to dictate Blue Jackets’ season

The Blue Jackets need to come together as a team to overcome early season adversity.
(bluejackets.nhl.com)

Sometimes adversity can be the key to unlocking the championship code. A little adversity can be the thing that unites a team, brings it together and galvanizes it on the way to bigger and better later on in the year. Unfortunately, adversity can also work in the other direction. It can be the roadblock that a team is never able ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Carolina Hurricanes 11/7/14

(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Who: Carolina Hurricanes Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: Despite winning against the Jackets on Tuesday (more on that below), the Hurricanes are still an unequivocal mess. Leading scorer Jiri Tlusty was knocked out of Tuesday’s game by an illegal check from Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson and is under concussion protocol. He’ll be a game-time ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Three Things: Weekend Edition 11/3/14

Columbus Blue Jackets' Scott Hartnell (43) shoots toward Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. This is a weekend edition, covering the 4-1 loss to Toronto on Friday and the 3-2 loss to ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Toronto Maple Leafs 10/31/14

The Blue Jackets, horribly depleted due to injury, get a shot at the struggling Leafs tonight.
(mapleleafs.nhl.com)

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: Struggling anywhere else in the league is quite a bit different than struggling in Leaf Land and the pressure is already starting to show. Sure, the Leafs are coming off a shutout in Buffalo, but the Sabres managed just 10 shots on the night and shouldn’t ... Read More »

Three Things: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators 10/28/14

The Blue Jackets lost another key player to injury, with James Wisniewski suffering a broken finger.
(unionandblue.com)

Welcome to “Three things”, your recap-like-substance for Columbus Blue Jackets games. No one wants to read “this happened, then this happened” boring recaps, so instead of doing that, we’ll look at three important things from the night’s action and talk about those. Things were okay for two periods, but after an ugly third and a couple of injuries, the night ... Read More »