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Jackets visit Winnipeg to take on the Jets tonight, 7 PM

Blue Jackets score 3 goals in 3rd period to hold off Red Wings 5-4














Columbus: A. Texier (3), PP – C. Atkinson (4), PP – O. Bjorkstrand (5), B. Jenner (6), E. Robinson (3)

Detroit: T. Bertuzzi (9), F. Hronek (5), SH – L. Glendening (3), T. Bertuzzi (10)

J. Korpisalo (22 saves, W)

Detroit: J. Howard (32 saves, L)



  • The Blue Jackets have won a season-best three-straight games (3-0-0, 6 pts.) and sport a four-game point streak (3-0-1, 7 pts.).
  • With wins over St. Louis, Montreal and Detroit, the Jackets swept a three-game homestand for the eighth time in franchise history (MR: Nov. 12-18, 2016).
  • The Blue Jackets improved to 3-0-0 in Thursday games this season and are now 22-4-1 in Thursday contests dating back to Mar. 8, 2018.  The club improved to 14-1-1 at home on Thursdays since Oct. 19, 2019.
  • Columbus improved to 9-1-0 vs. Detroit in its last 10 and 19-4-2 since Mar. 28, 2012.
  • The Jackets improved to 4-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division in 2019-20 and 9-2-2 since Feb. 22, 2019.
  • The Blue Jackets overcame a two-period deficit for the second time in the last three games (Nov. 15 vs. STL) after trailing 3-2 after 40 minutes tonight.  It’s the third time this season CBJ have come from behind to win (also Oct. 21 at TOR).
  • The club has scored three goals in each of the past two third periods.
  • Columbus held on to another one-goal victory, its eighth this season. The Blue Jackets’ 14 one-goal games (8-2-4) are the most in the NHL.
  • Columbus scored five goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.  The club did so twice in 2018-19, most recently Mar. 28-30, 2019 with 6-2 and 5-2 wins over Montreal and Nashville, respectively.
  • The Blue Jackets’ five goals vs. Detroit tonight tied their all-time high in a home game vs. the Red Wings (4x, MR: 4/3/18, 5-4 OTW).
  • The Blue Jackets outshot the Red Wings 37-to-26 in the game and have outshot their opponent in eight of the past nine contests in 2019-20.
  • Columbus went 2-for-5 on the power play in the game.  They’ve now scored a power play goal in three-straight games (4-of-10, 40.0 pct.).  CBJ have scored a goal on the man-advantage in five of the last six games (6-of-21, 28.6 pct.).
  • It’s the second time this season CBJ have notched two PPG in the same game (Oct. 7 vs. BUF).
  • Columbus went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the game, including stopping 1:11 of a 5-on-3 in the second period.  The Blue Jackets are now 22-for-24 (91.7 pct.) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games on home ice.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a crowd of 14,417.



  • LW Eric Robinson scored his first career game-winning goal with 6:11 remaining in the contest. He now has goals in two-straight games and three of his last four contests.
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand notched his team-leading fourth multi-point game of the campaign with a goal and an assist in the third period.  He has posted multi-point games in back-to-back contests and three multi-point efforts in his last six contests.  It’s the third time in his career he’s had multiple points in back-to-back outings (also Dec. 12-14, 2017 and Feb. 10-13, 2018).
  • C Boone Jenner scored for the second-straight contest.  His six goals since Oct. 19 are tied for the most on the team (Dubois).
  • RW Cam Atkinson struck on the power play for his first goal since Oct. 24 vs. Carolina.  It was his team-leading third power play tally of the campaign.  He added an assist to notch his first multi-point effort of the campaign.  He now has 1-5-6 in the last seven games. He has 9-6-15 in his last 12 games vs. Detroit.
  • D Seth Jones picked up his first multi-point game of the season and 40th of his career with two assists tonight.  He has collected six of his team-leading 11 helpers in the past seven outings.  He has notched 3-5-8 in his last five appearances vs. Detroit.
  • D Zach Werenski collected his second multi-point effort of the campaign after picking up two assists.  He pushed his point streak to five-straight games (3-4-7) in the process.  His career long is six games, accomplished last season from Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019 (4-3-7).
  • LW Alexandre Texier scored his third goal of the season to open the scoring in the first period. The goal was his first since Oct. 24 vs. Carolina.
  • C Pierre-Luc Dubois extended his point streak to three games (3-2-5) with a third period assist. He has a five-game point streak vs. Detroit (4-3-7).
  • LW Gustav Nyquist also notched an assist, giving him 1-5-6 in his last six games.  With the point vs. Detroit, the organization that drafted him and for which he played eight seasons for, he now has a point vs. every team in the NHL in his career.
  • G Joonas Korpisalo made his third-straight start and 17th this season, making 22 saves for his third-straight win.  He has a career-best four-straight wins, set Oct. 4-27, 2018.
  • C Alexander Wennberg recorded an assist on Robinson’s goal, giving him an assist in back-to-back contests.
  • D Vladislav Gavrikov picked up an assist on his birthday (turned 24) and now has 1-1-2 in his last three games.



Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Cam Atkinson | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Nick Foligno | Boone Jenner | Seth Jones
Red Wings:
Jeff Blashill | Tyler Bertuzzi | Luke Glendening | Jimmy Howard





Blue Jackets assign Markus Hannikainen to Cleveland Monsters

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned left wing Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.


Hannikainen, 26, was recalled on November 6 but did not appear in a game with the Blue Jackets.  He has recorded eight goals and seven assists for 15 points with 14 penalty minutes in 91 career NHL games since making his league debut with Columbus in 2015-16.  He set career highs in 2018-19 with 4-3-7 in 44 games.

Markus Hannikainen


The Helsinki, Finland native has added 27-38-65, 42 penalty minutes and a +13 plus/minus rating in 123 career AHL contests with the Monsters.  He has posted 1-4-5 and an “even” plus/minus rating in eight games in 2019-20.  The 6-1, 200-pound winger was originally signed to an entry level contract with Columbus on Apr. 20, 2015.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they host the Detroit Red Wings.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Ohio and the FOX Sports Go app.  Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the “Blue Jackets Live” pre-game show.  The game will also be broadcast on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan.


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting



Blue Jackets hosts Red Wing tonight at Nationwide Arena


Blue Jackets hire Paul MacLean to help with anemic power play

Paul MacLean with Ottawa's Daniel Afredsson in 2013 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that veteran National Hockey League coach and player Paul MacLean has joined the club as an assistant coach/special teams on Head Coach John Tortorella’s staff.  He will formally join the club as soon as immigration procedures are completed.


MacLean, 61, served three-plus seasons as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators from 2011-14, compiling a 114-90-35 record and leading the club to a pair of appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and was also a finalist for the award in 2011-12.  He also spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes (1996-97), Anaheim Ducks (2002-04, 2015-17) and Detroit Red Wings (2005-11).  During that span, he was a part of teams that qualified for the playoffs 10 times, made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals (Anaheim-2003; Detroit-2008, 2009) and won a Stanley Cup (Detroit-2008).


“I’ve always said that we look at every opportunity to make our team better and adding a veteran coach with a winning pedigree like Paul MacLean to a staff that has led us to three-straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs does just that,” said Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen.


“Paul was an excellent player in the National Hockey League for many years and has been a respected and successful coach, both as a head coach and as an assistant, for a very long time,” added Tortorella.  “I think he will be a great addition to our staff and our players will benefit from his experience and knowledge.”


MacLean was born in Grostenquin, France and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  A seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, he appeared in 719 career NHL games with the Blues, Winnipeg Jets and Red Wings between 1980-91.  He registered 324 goals and 349 assists for 673 points with 968 penalty minutes with three 40-goal and five 30-goal seasons.  He tallied a career-high 41-60-101 with 119 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Jets in 1984-85 and played in All-Star Game that season.  He also collected 21-14-35 and 110 penalty minutes in 53 career playoff games.


After retiring as a player in 1991, he began his coaching career as the head coach of the International Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen from 1993-96. He also served as head coach of the IHL’s Kansas City Blades from 1997-2000 and United Hockey League’s Quad City Mallards from 2000-02.

Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




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