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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 »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Ottawa Senators 10/28/14

Lehner was stellar the last time these two met.
(Photo via Senators.nhl.com)

Who: Ottawa Senators Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: Offensively, the Senators are off to a slow start. No one on the team has more than two goals and defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the club with five points through the first seven games. Despite their slow start, there is still a bit of firepower on this ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Three Things: Weekend Edition 10/27/14

The Jackets just couldn't solve That 70s Line, one of the hottest outfits in the NHL right now.
(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

4Welcome 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, where I’ll cover both Friday night’s game against Anaheim and Sunday’s tilt with ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Anaheim Ducks 10/24/14

The Ducks are surging right now and the Jackets hope to build on their win in San Jose. 
(Photo credit: Philly.com)

Who: Anaheim Ducks Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA When: 10:00PM Know thine enemy: There might not be anyone playing better than the Ducks right now, winners of their last six. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf continue to lead the way for the quack attack, tied for the league-lead in points with 10 each while Perry is tied for the league-lead ... Read More »

10/24/14 Three Things: Blue Jackets vs San Jose Sharks

It took a frantic goal with just :21 left, but the Blue Jackets left San Jose with a win.
(Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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 to it: here are three things from last night’s frantic 5-4 win in San Jose. Slow ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs San Jose Sharks 10/23/14

The Sharks are off to a fairly hot start while the Blue Jackets are looking to rebound from Saturday's loss in Ottawa. 
(Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch)

Who: San Jose Sharks Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA When: 10:30PM Know thine enemy: The Sharks got off to a hot start this season, going 3-0-1 before dropping back-to-back games against the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. They even held a third-period lead against Boston, giving up three goals in the third period in the loss. For all ... Read More »

Nathan Horton’s career may be over

Horton's career never really got under way in Columbus and it might be over. (Photo vis Bluejackets.nhl.com)

Nathan Horton’s tenure in Columbus has been underwhelming to say the least. Sure, they were well aware of his pending shoulder surgery when they signed him to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal in the summer of 2013. They were okay with that. And they were willing to deal when he was put out by an abdominal issue at the end ... Read More »

The Underrated Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno doesn't stand out on the score sheet, but Blue Jackets faithful know how important he is.
(Photo via bluejackets.nhl.com)

Much like the team he plays for, Nick Foligno tends to fly under the radar. The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t on anyone’s radar to contend this year even after winning the franchise’s first two playoff games and neither is Foligno, despite starting the season in red-hot fashion. Foligno’s career began with enough pomp and circumstance; it’s hard to fly under ... Read More »

10/20/14 Columbus Blue Jackets: Three Things, Weekend Edition

McElhinney was forced to leave Saturday's game midway through, leaving question marks at the backup goalie spot.
(Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

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 the weekend edition, so we’ll cover Friday night’s win over Calgary and Saturday’s loss to Ottawa. ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Ottawa Senators 10/18/14

Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators defends Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets as he skates with the puck during the second period on January 28, 2014 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Who: Ottawa Senators Where: Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, ON When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: The Sens have been hot out of the gate, second in the Atlantic Division through their first handful of games. Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur are back it again this season after enjoying a solid season in 2013-14. The duo are far and away the best ... Read More »

The Nameless Celebrity of Columbus, Ohio

Following the Blue Jackets morning skate, ice technician Ian Huffman resurfaces the ice before the San Jose Sharks practice on March 13, 2014. Huffman resurfaces the ice with the Zamboni more than a dozen times on game days. 
(Adam Cairns / The Columbus Dispatch)

Columbus Blue Jackets fans have waited over three and half months to say those three magic words: “Hockey is back!” It has been a long off-season and fans have had summers full of vacations and relaxation, but at Nationwide Arena, the ice crew was busy preparing for the upcoming season. No one has worked harder than Head Ice Technician, Ian ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Calgary Flames 10/17/14

Johansen is off to a strong start despite missing all of training camp and the pre-season.
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Who: Calgary Flames Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: The Flames have been the Road Warriors early on this year, going 3-1-0 away from Alberta and riding a two-game winning streak despite allowing nearly 37 shots per game. That includes being outshot 50-18 on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, yet still pulling out the 2-1 overtime ... Read More »

10/14/14 Three things: Blue Jackets vs Dallas Stars

The Blue Jackets fought back in the second period, but couldn't overcome the Stars.
(bluejackets.nhl.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. Here are three things from Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to Dallas. Seguin and Benn are sort of good ... Read More »

Columbus Blue Jackets Preview vs Dallas Stars 10/14/14

The Blue Jackets swept the season series last year and are off to a hot start in 2014-15.
(Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Who: Dallas Stars Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH When: 7:00PM Know thine enemy: For a team boasting a lot of firepower on paper, the Stars have come out struggling to score this season. Managing a pair against Cup favorites in the Chicago Blackhawks isn’t terribly alarming, but dropping a 4-1 decision to the Nashville Predators might be. Even more alarming ... Read More »