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Anthony Duclair Doin' Early Work in Columbus

Anthony Duclair Doin' Early Work in Columbus

November 10th, 2018 The Columbus Blue Jackets got their first chance this season to play the Washington Capitals Friday night. This was their first game since the Capitals came back from a 2-0 hole in their playoff series before going on to win the Stanley Cup. While that series still leaves a sour taste in the mouths...
Power Play & Bobrovsky Shine as Blue Jackets Beat Capitals

Power Play & Bobrovsky Shine as Blue Jackets Beat Capitals

November 9th, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Columbus Blue Jackets' NHL-worst power play scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Friday night. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in his return to the li...

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October 13th, 2018
Blue Jackets Prospects

Four teams have descended upon Erie this weekend for the Ice Breaker tournament. Host Mercyhurst University welcomed national powers in Providence, Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) to Erie Insurance Arena for a two-day tournament. On day one, Providence squared off with Miami and Mercyhurst had a shot at Notre Dame. Game one demonstrated why Providence is one of the best teams in the country. Despite giving up the first six shots of the game, Providence withstood the early RedHawks' surge and then swarmed their way to a convincing 4-0 win. Swarmed may not be a strong enough word. The Friars gave no time and space to the RedHawks all game. Despite allowing seven power plays against, the Friars still looked like the better team down a man. After the initial six-shot onslaught, the Friars scored on their first two shots and never looked back. Oilers' prospect Hayden Hawkey recorded a 24-save shutout. Providence would now await the winner of Mercyhurst/Notre Dame. Many expected the...
October 6th, 2018
Commentary

The Columbus Blue Jackets managed a split of their first two games of the season. It took overtime Thursday, but thanks to Artemi Panarin, they skated out of Little Caesars Arena with a 3-2 win. But then Friday in front of a sell-out home crowd, the Blue Jackets couldn't find their offense and lost 3-1. What did we learn from these two games? We certainly have plenty to watch for the rest of the month. Here are my takeaways from the opening games for the Blue Jackets. Brandon Dubinsky on a Mission For the first time since December 2017, Brandon Dubinsky recorded points in back-to-back games. He setup Josh Anderson's goal in Detroit and scored the only goal Friday against the Hurricanes. Having a rejuvenated Dubinsky is a big deal for this team. He's the heart, soul, energy guy that was sorely missing last season thanks primarily to injuries. He had a good summer and came to camp this season on a mission to prove he still has plenty to give. His line with Josh Anderson and...
September 29th, 2018
Commentary

The eyes of the hockey world remain on the Columbus Blue Jackets. That won't change all season so long as Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are with the team. Friday night's game did absolutely nothing to change that. Panarin recorded 2-2-4 and Bobrovsky allowed six goals but when it mattered at the end, kept the Pittsburgh Penguins from tying the game. The Blue Jackets won 7-6 in a game that saw both teams ice their likely opening night lineups. Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski also recorded four points in the game. For Werenski, this was his preseason debut after offseason shoulder surgery. He looks healthy. He has full range of motion back. That is scary for the rest of the league. What am I taking away from this game though? Let's revisit how the initial lines looked at the start of the game. Panarin-Dubois-Atkinson Foligno-Wennberg-Bjorkstrand Jenner-Dubinsky-Anderson Milano-Nash-Duclair At least for now, this is where the players "stood" in the eyes of...
September 15th, 2018
Previews and Predictions

The Columbus Blue Jackets enter this new hockey season with one goal and one goal only in mind: Win the Stanley Cup. That's all and that's it. Given the current state of the franchise, the time is now. Gone are the days of simply making the playoffs being good enough. That's just step one. As coach John Tortorella says, the real stuff starts when the puck is dropped in the playoffs. At the barest of minimums, the Blue Jackets must win at least one round in these playoffs, but even that will leave bitter tastes in the mouths of everyone involved if they can't put a deep run together. You think that's worth watching? Imagine if the Blue Jackets either get bounced in the first round again or worse, they miss the playoffs all together? It's for this reason that this season for the Blue Jackets is the most fascinating one in franchise history. This team is good enough that some consider them a dark horse to make the Final from the East. Yet with so much uncertainly within the...

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Two days after Wednesday's NHL Awards Ceremony and Las Vegas Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will commence. The now 31 NHL teams will gather inside the United Center in Chicago in efforts to rebuild, or build upon, their rosters by selecting teenagers they feel will help their team in the... June 23rd, 2017