Long, disappointing season comes to an end for the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight



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Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)



Record: 17-26-12, 46 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.35 Goals-For/3.27 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.9 Shots-For/32.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.4 percent (27th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.6 percent (17th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.1 PIM (7th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  5-9-3 (3-3)


Record: 19-27-9, 47 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.20 Goals-For/2.96 Goals-Against… Shots:  27.1 Shots-For/31.8 Shots-Against

Power Play:  10.8 percent (30th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.7 percent (21st, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.5 PIM (11th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-6-3 (2-3)

Players to Watch:  LW Jakub Vrana (Has 18-16-34 in 49 GP split between WSH/DET in 2020-21); D Filip Hronek (Leads DET in assists with 2-22-24 in 55 GP).


Results:  Columbus has gone 42-46-1-13 in 102 regular season games vs. the Red Wings, including a 24-20-8 mark at home… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 24-7-3 since Mar. 17, 2011, including an 14-4-1 mark since the start of the 2016-17 season… CBJ are 7-2-0 in the last nine home games since Feb. 11, 2017 and 13-4-1 in the past 17 since Mar. 28, 2012… Goals:  CBJ – 239, DET – 301… CBJ PP:  56-of-422 (13.3 pct.)…CBJ PK:  324-of-401 (80.8 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 3-3-1)

Jan. 18 – COLUMBUS 3, at Detroit 2

Jan. 19 – at Detroit 3, COLUMBUS 2 (OT)

Mar. 2 – at COLUMBUS 4, Detroit 1

Mar. 27 – at Detroit 3, COLUMBUS 1

Mar. 28 – at Detroit 4, COLUMBUS 1

Apr. 27 – at COLUMBUS 1, Detroit 0 (SO)

May 7 – Detroit 5, at COLUMBUS 2

May 8 – at COLUMBUS

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 3-0-0)

Nov. 21, 2019 – at Columbus 5, Detroit 4

Dec. 17, 2019 – Columbus 5, at Detroit 3

Feb. 7, 2020 – at Columbus 2, Detroit 1


The Blue Jackets had their five-game point streak (2-0-3) snapped with a 5-2 loss to Detroit on Friday… Four of the past six contests have been decided after regulation… CBJ close out their season-ending four-game homestand with the season finale against the Red Wings on Saturday… Columbus has killed off 52-of-59 opponent power play attempts in the past 24 games since March 20 (88.1 pct) and 55-of-63 over the last 27 since March 13 (87.3 pct.)… The Blue Jackets have played in 27 one-goal games this season… CBJ have scored the first goal of the game on 32 occasions… The Blue Jackets conclude their ninth and final back-to-back set of the season (2-4-2 in 2nd game; 5-10-2 overall).  It’s the 11th time in CBJ history the club will play games on back-to-back days to end a season (third-straight time) and first with both games played at home… CBJ are 11-7-1 in season finales in franchise history, including 8-1-0 in the past nine season finales since Apr. 7, 2012.


RW Cam Atkinson collected his 400th career NHL point on his first of two assists on Wednesday and ranks second on the club in goals and points (tied) with 14-19-33 in 55 appearances… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand, tallied his third three-point outing of the campaign on Wednesday (2-1-3) and has 3-7-10 in the past 10 contests.  He has set a new single-season career high in points and leads the club in goals, assists, points and multi-point efforts with 17-25-42 and nine multi-point outings in 55 games… C Max Domi has posted 3-8-11 in his last 16 games played… D Vladislav Gavrikov has assists in two-straight games (0-3-3)… LW Mikhail Grigorenko has 1-1-2 in the past three games and 2-2-4 in his last eight outings… D Seth Jones, who ranks fifth in the NHL in TOI/G (25:13), is one of six players in the NHL to record 95-plus hits (102) and blocked shots (99) this season… C Jack Roslovic has 5-6-11 and three multi-point efforts in the last 15 appearances.  He has set career highs in assists and points this season with 11-22-33 in 47 GP.


•     HC John Tortorella (672) is one win from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) for 12th-most wins in NHL history.


•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

•       C Boone Jenner (broken finger on Apr. 6) is expected to miss six weeks.

•       D Zach Werenski (inguinal/sports hernia: Injured Reserve) is out for the rest of the season.

•       G Joonas Korpisalo (lower body injury on Apr. 25) is out for the rest of the season.

•       C Alexandre Texier (lower body injury) is day-to-day.

•       C Zac Dalpe (lower body injury) is out for the rest of the season.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  161.


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