Blue Jackets News
4-28-14: After splitting the first four games of the series, the Penguins upped their play this past Saturday and outshot Columbus 51-24. The Blue Jackets are facing a must win situation this Monday if they want to avoid going home for the summer. It’s been a funky series thus far where no lead is safe. The Jackets will need to get traffic in front of Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury if they want to have a chance at winning.
4-21-14: The Blue Jackets are heading home from Pittsburgh with the series tied at one game apiece. However, they really should be up 2-0. The Jackets had a 3-1 lead in game one before giving up three straight goals to the Penguins en route to a 4-3 loss. Todd Richards’ club responded in game two with 4-3 double OT victory. That was their first postseason victory in franchise history. The Jackets are giving the Penguins everything they can handle and then some.
4-14-14: Four wins in its final five games isn't a bad way for the Blue Jackets to end the regular season. The play of Sergei Bobrovsky will be critical for the Blue Jackets' if they want to beat Pittsburgh. If they get the exceptional goaltender they could be in good shape. However, if they get the guy who posted a .848 save percentage over seven postseason games with the Flyers, than the Blue Jackets will be in trouble.
4-7-14: Due to Rich Peverley's health issue in their game with Dallas last month, Columbus will make up that game this week. That means the Jackets close with four games in five nights, the final three occurring on the road. Columbus currently occupies the final wild-card spot in the East. However, they are only two points back of Philadelphia for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Nonetheless, Jackets fans will most likely be seeing playoff hockey.
3-31-14: If the playoffs began today, the Blue Jackets would match up with the Penguins. Columbus is 0-5 this season against the Pens and that doesn’t bode well for the fans of the Blue Jackets. They’re 5-4-1 in their last 10 games played and hold down the final wildcard spot in the East. Ryan Johansen has 30 goals and 25 assists this season, all career highs. The Jackets will need to play well down the stretch in order to secure a playoff spot.
3-25-14: In a crucial game this past Sunday with the Islanders, the Blue Jackets were shutout 2-0. They lost three out of four this past week, and since dealing Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline have 15 goals in nine games. Columbus is only two points out of the final wildcard spot in the East and four points from third place in the Metropolitan Division. They still have a good chance at making the playoffs, but they need to play much better in order for that to become a reality.
3-17-14: Don't look now, but Columbus is third in the Metropolitan division. Both the Flyers and the Rangers are better than Columbus so they aren't likely to finish in second, but the Blue Jackets are cementing their place in the playoffs this season. The emergence of Ryan Johansen this season has been a welcome sign. The former fourth overall pick leads the Jackets in scoring with 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points in 67 games this season.
3-10-14: Columbus was manhandled by the defending champs 6-1 in Chicago last week, but they did win their other three games this past week and are tied in points with the Detroit for the final wild card spot. Marion Gaborik may be a big name in theory, but he only played in 23 games for Columbus this year. That is why they traded him and his 14 points to Los Angeles. This is not a great team, but they may end up being just good enough to squeak in.
3-3-14: The Blue Jackets went 1-2 this past week and avoided a three-game losing streak by beating the Panthers 6-3 last Saturday. Columbus needs to get it going again. They’re in the thick of things for the playoffs in the East, but nothing short of .500 from here on out and Columbus will be on the outside looking in. Columbus has been linked to Ryan Kesler but Vancouver’s asking price would be way too high.
2-10-14: The Blue Jackets go into the break losers of two straight games, but having been 3-1-1 in their past five games. They scored 16 goals in those five games, but struggled to score in road losses to Los Angeles and San Jose. The Jackets remain in a good position to crack a playoff spot, but they need to be consistent from here on out. Marian Gaborik should be healthy enough to return to the lineup, giving the Blue Jackets another scoring threat for the final stretch.
2-3-14: Columbus is on a tear as the Blue Jackets have gone 11-4-0 in 2014 and the team has won its last two contests, including a win over the Capitals that has Columbus in the post-season over Washington. Despite the Blue Jackets' strong work, they cannot afford any slip-ups. With 60 points, the team is within two points of five teams currently outside the playoffs and could easily find itself sliding down the standings in a hurry.
1-27-14: The Blue Jackets had their eight-game winning streak snapped by the league-worst Sabres this past Saturday. This surge has the Blue Jackets in third place in the Metropolitan and looking like a good bet for the playoffs. Sergei Bobrovsky is 7-1-0 since returning from a groin injury and has a .926 save percentage over that time. He should push Colorado netminder Semyon Varlamov for the starting goalie for Team Russia at the Sochi Olympics next month.
1-20-14: The Blue Jackets have won six consecutive games and their winning streak has elevated them into a three-way tie for the final playoff spot in the East. They also have the longest winning streak in the NHL right now. They do have the advantage of winning more games in regulation or overtime than their rivals. Nikita Nikitin appears to have found his his game and positive things keep happening when he's on the ice. He has a plus-15 rating in his last 15 games.
1-13-14: Just as they did at this time last year, Columbus is heating up as they have won four of their last five games and seven of their last 10 to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot in the East. The Blue Jackets are getting healthy and trending upward as they're currently seventh in the Metropolitan, but not far off from a wild-card spot. In two starts since returning from injury, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-0 and has stopped 76 of 79 shots.
1-7-14: The Jackets have been trading wins and losses for a while now and currently have just a single victory in their last four games. Never say never in the Metro, but with 40 points Columbus looks to be almost out of the playoff race. One of the Jackets' biggest problems is their lack of offensive punch. The fact they have won just three of 17 games when the other team scores first is a troubling sign.
12-30-13: The Blue Jackets had their three-game win streak snapped this past Sunday in a 5-3 home loss to the Penguins. Despite missing some key players, the Blue Jackets have been playing well of late. They currently sit within striking distance of a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. If they can stay close in the division, the eventual returns from injury by Sergei Bobrovsky, Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton could push them over the top.
12-23-13: The Blue Jackets can never seem to get on a roll. The team that won four of five to start December has more recently lost three of four. The Jackets bring up the rear of the pack with realistic playoff hopes, but they're only three points out of third place in the Metroterrible, I mean Metropolitan Division. Backup goalie Curtis McElhinney continues to play well in the absence of Sergei Bobrovsky. He has a 5-5-1 record and boasts a .920 save percentage on the season.
12-16-13: Since starting goaltender and defendong Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky went down with a groin injury the other week, the Blue Jackets have been doing pretty well. Columbus is 3-1-1 in their past five games without Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets are making a push up the standings and are in striking distance of third place in the Metropolitan Division. Four of their next five games are against teams within the division. Ryan Johansen has 12 goals in 33 games.
12-9-13: The Blue Jackets started the month of December with two home games and they took advantage of playing in front of their home crowd. Columbus beat Tampa Bay 1-0 and then Minnesota 4-0. The win over the Wild was impressive, because the Wild are a solid team and because of the 41-20 shot differential the Blue Jackets were able to open up. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was injured in the win over the Lightning and will miss four-to-five weeks with a strained groin.
12-2-13: Columbus had four games this past week and the Blue Jackets split them right down the middle. They beat the Oilers and a struggling Maple Leafs squad, while losing to Nashville and the always tough Boston Bruins. Rookie Boone Jenner continues to disappoint. He did pick up a point this past week but had a minus-two rating. For a player with just three points in 17 games overall, he should have started the year outside the NHL.
11-25-13: Somehow Columbus managed to win a game on the week. They got throttled 7-0 by the lowly Oilers and lost 6-2 to the Vancouver Canucks. Their lone win came against the struggling Senators. Many experts thought this would be the year the Blue Jackets break through and make some noise in the playoffs. Well, maybe they should reconsider. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t lived up to his Vezina winning season last year and Marian Gaborik hasn’t done much since coming over from New York.
11-18-13: Last week was the worst week of the season for the Avalanche. For the first time all season, Colorado failed to register a point. They lost to both Florida and Carolina and got blown out by the high-powered Blues. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon fired 19 shots on net this week and got one goal and assist for his effort. His nine shots against Carolina more than doubled his previous game high. How will the Avs’ respond this week after a little adversity?
11-12-13: The Blue Jackets have been a flat out disappointment thus far. Columbus was a team that many thought would make the playoffs this season. The season is still young, but the Blue Jackets have struggled. They have dropped three of their last four games and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky looks average at best. Last season, Jared Boll was one of Columbus’ best forwards. This year he hasn’t provided anything as he has zero points through 14 games.
The Jackets had a rough week dropping both games to their rivals from Pittsburgh. They looked good in game one versus the Pens, firing 39 shots on Marc-Andre Fleury. However, in game two they were shutout by Jeff Zatkoff who recorded his first NHL shutout. Remember when the Blue Jackets selected Ryan Johansen with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft? Many people questioned the move at the time but Johansen is finally starting come into his own. His eight points are tied for second in team scoring.
10-29-13: Columbus finally returns home after starting the majority of the year on the road. They had two impressive wins against the Devils and Leafs where they won by a combined score of 9-3. They play their rivals from Pittsburgh on Friday, which will be a measuring stick for this young Jacket’s squad. James Wisniewski’s nine points in 11 games has been a surprise for a player who has had his share of up’s and down’s in Columbus.
10-21-13: The Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak last Sunday with a much needed victory over Vancouver. Curtis McElhinney made his first NHL start since New Year’s Eve of 2011 and stopped 37 of 38 shots thrown his way. It seems like the Jackets have taken a step back this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has been average between the pipes. Marion Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky have been pedestrian. Columbus has 19 goals in eight games. You won’t win many hockey games if you can’t score.
10-14-13: Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin returned to lineup last week strengthening an already talented Columbus roster. Last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Bruins was a measuring stick for the young Blue Jackets. They carried a lead deep into the second period before succumbing to the powerful Bruins. The Jackets are still a work in progress. There is no question about it. Sergei Bobrovsky is proving that last year was no fluke. His goals against average and save percentage are still solid.
10-7-13: Columbus sustained an opening-night loss to the Calgary Flames, but rebounded nicely by beating the New York Islanders 3-2 in a shootout. Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky has looked a bit rattled thus far. Rookie Ryan Murray and Boone Jenner will be counted on the supply offense for the Jackets this season.
8-22-13: Signing Nathan Horton in the offseason will provide Columbus with additional scoring to go along with Marian Gaborik up front. The biggest question is was Sergei Bobrovsky’s Vezina winning season a fluke or is he the real deal? If he falters, Columbus has problems. Rick Nash makes his return to Columbus on Nov. 7 as the Blue Jackets host the New York Rangers. The reception most likely won’t be good since Nash requested a trade out of Ohio. The Blue Jackets visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 19 with Sergei Bobrovsky likely in net. The Flyers shipped Bobrovsky to Columbus last June.
Blue Jackets 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #14: Alexander Wennberg, C
Pick #19: Kerby Rychel, LW
Pick #27: Marko Dano, C
Pick #50: Dillon Heatherington, D
Pick #89: Oliver Bjorkstrand, RW
Pick #105: Nick Moutrey, C, LW
Pick #165: Markus Soberg, RW
Pick #195: Peter Quenneville, C, RW