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Blue Jackets make roster moves

Club places C Lukas Sedlak on Injured Reserve, recalls G Joonas Korpisalo and LW Markus Hannikainen from AHL’s Cleveland Monsters and assigns G Anton Forsberg to AHL team
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Lukas Sedlak on Injured Reserve, added left wing Markus Hannikainen to the roster on emergency recall and recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  The Jackets have also assigned goaltender Anton Forsberg to the club’s AHL affiliate.

 

Sedlak, 23, was placed on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 17 and is day-to-day after suffering an oblique strain vs. the Penguins.  He has posted six goals and six assists for 12 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 55 games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He made his NHL debut on October 21 vs. Chicago, picked up his first NHL point (assist) on October 27 at San Jose and notched his first NHL goal on December 9 at Detroit.  Last season, he posted 14-4-18 in 54 regular season games with the Monsters before adding 9-7-16 in 17 postseason games to help the club capture the Calder Cup.  Columbus’ sixth round pick, 158th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he has tallied 28-20-48 with 83 penalty minutes in 159 career AHL games.
Hannikainen, 23, has posted 1-0-1 and two penalty minutes in seven games with the Blue Jackets this season, including notching his first NHL goal on January 21 vs. Carolina.  He has also recorded 12-8-20 with 16 penalty minutes in 36 games with Cleveland.  The Helsinki, Finland native has registered 1-0-1 with two penalty minutes in 11 career NHL games since making his debut in 2015-16.  Originally signed to a two-year, entry level contract with Columbus on April 20, 2015, Hannikainen has also notched 19-21-40 with 36 penalty minutes in 86 career AHL games with the Monsters and tallied 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games to help the club capture the 2016 Calder Cup.
Korpisalo, 22, is 4-1-0 with a 3.26 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in six games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He is also 7-6-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .907 save percentage with the Monsters.  The Pori, Finland native made his NHL debut in 2015-16, going 16-11-4 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 31 contests.  Selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, he has registered a 15-16-5 mark with a 2.57 GAA, .908 SV% and two SO in 37 career AHL games with Lake Erie/Cleveland over the past two seasons.  Korpisalo also went 6-2 with a 2.96 GAA and .898 SV% in nine playoff games a year ago to help the Monsters capture the Calder Cup championship.
Forsberg, 24, is 15-12-2 with a 2.18 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 31 games with the Monsters this season.  The Härnösand, Sweden native owns a 61-30-8 record with a 2.17 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and seven shutouts in 106 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.  He led the Monsters to the 2016 AHL Calder Cup after finishing with a 9-0-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .949 SV% and two shutouts in 10 contests.  Columbus’ seventh round selection, 188th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, he has posted a 1-8-0 record with a 4.02 goals-against and .879 save percentage in 10 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including stopping 27-of-31 shots in a 5-3 loss at Carolina in his season debut on January 10.
Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 

Let your child learn to play hockey from former Blue Jackets player Andrew Cassels

Former Blue Jacket Andrew Cassels in 2011 By Leech44 - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ANNOUNCE LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM TO INTRODUCE KIDS AGES 4-8 TO HOCKEY
Participants will receive free head-to-toe equipment and age-appropriate instruction led by former Blue Jackets player Andrew Cassels
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced the launch of the club’s Learn to Play program, which will provide first-time hockey participants, between 4-8 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching led by former Blue Jacket Andrew Cassels. The local program, conducted in partnership with the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, will consist of six on-ice sessions over the course of six consecutive weeks. Registration for spring sessions opens Monday, February 27. Registration information, including eligibility requirements, may be found at www.BlueJackets.com/LearnToPlay.Learn to Play is open to boys and girls who possess the ability to skate but have not yet participated in any introductory or organized hockey programs. In an effort to reduce cost barriers associated with taking up the sport, each participant will be given to keep a complete set of Blue Jackets-branded equipment valued at approximately $400.

Blue Jackets Learn to Play kicks off with three spring sessions. The six-week program costs $100. Summer sessions will be announced at a later date.

OhioHealth Chiller Easton: Mondays (6:30-7:20 p.m.) – Mar. 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1
OhioHealth Chiller North: Saturdays (9-9:50 a.m.) – Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6
OhioHealth Chiller North: Saturdays (11-11:50 a.m.) – Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Families with kids that require skating instruction in preparation for the summer session are encouraged to visit www.thechiller.com/classes for more information on upcoming Learn to Skate classes offered at OhioHealth Chiller Dublin, OhioHealth Chiller North and OhioHealth Chiller Easton.

Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.

 

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Blue Jackets “Energy Guy” Matt Calvert out with oblique strain

Matt Calvert (2014 photo by Lisa Gsansky via wikipedia commons)

MATT CALVERT TO BE SIDELINED WEEK-TO-WEEK
COLUMBUS, OH – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert will be sidelined week-to-week due to an oblique strain sustained on February 19 vs. Nashville.

 

Calvert, 27, has posted nine goals and two assists for 11 points with 42 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Blue Jackets this season.  The Brandon, Manitoba native has registered 62-59-121 with 234 penalty minutes in 333 career NHL games with the Jackets.  Columbus’ fifth round selection, 127th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Calvert posted career highs in games played, shots (114) and points (tied) in 2015-16, collecting 11-13-24 with 51 penalty minutes in 73 contests.
Tickets for all home games are currently available for purchase online at BlueJackets.com, Ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.  Fans may purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745‐3000.
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NHL News: The Morning Skate

THURSDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
NY Islanders 3, MONTREAL 0
NY Rangers 2, TORONTO 1 (SO)
Calgary 3, TAMPA BAY 2
NASHVILLE 4, Colorado 2
CHICAGO 6, Arizona 3
Boston 4, LOS ANGELES 1

KANE HAT TRICK PROPELS BLACKHAWKS
Patrick Kane (3-0—3) earned the third hat trick of his career (regular season) as the Blackhawks (38-18-5, 81 points) improved to 8-1-0 in their last nine games, moving within three points of the Wild (39-14-6, 84 points) for the top spot in the Western Conference.

* After Jonathan Toews recorded 3-2—5 on Tuesday vs. MIN, Kane’s three-goal effort marked the first time Chicago players have posted shutouts in consecutive games since Alexei Zhamnov and Eric Daze did so on April 11 and April 13, 1997, respectively.

* Kane (23-40—63), the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner, moved into a tie with Nicklas Backstrom (18-45—63) for fourth place in League scoring, five points back of leader Connor McDavid (20-48—68).

* Toews (4-7—11) and Richard Panik (4-4—8) each extended their point streaks to a season-high five games.

FORSBERG NETS SECOND CONSECUTIVE HAT TRICK
Filip Forsberg (3-0—3) recorded his second hat trick in as many games as the Predators (29-22-9, 67 points) improved to 3-1-1 in their last five contests to maintain their lead over the Flames (31-26-4, 66 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. Nashville also tied St. Louis (31-24-5, 67 points) – in terms of points – for third place in the Central Division.

* Elias notes that Forsberg, who posted 3-0—3 vs. CGY on Tuesday, became the first player in franchise history to record hat tricks in consecutive games. He also is the first NHL player to achieve the feat since Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows did so on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, 2010.

* Forsberg (242 GP), who has spent his entire career with Nashville, netted his fourth career regular-season hat trick to tie Steve Sullivan (317 GP w/ NSH) for the most in Predators franchise history.

MORE PLAYOFF CONTENDERS EARN VALUABLE POINTS
The Rangers, Islanders, Bruins and Flames each picked up victories to gain valuable points in their respective playoff races.

* Rangers forward J.T. Miller tied the game in the third period and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves – including two game-saving breakaway stops in the final minute of overtime – as New York improved to 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. The Rangers (39-19-2, 80 points) recorded their League-leading 20th road win of the season to leapfrog the idle Blue Jackets (37-16-5, 79 points) for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier, a native of nearby Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, brought his father to tears after scoring what stood as his first career game-winning goal while playing an NHL game in Montreal for the first time. Thomas Greiss (24 saves) earned his career-high third shutout of the season as the Islanders (29-21-10, 68 points) jumped into the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot.

David Pastrnak scored his sixth game-winning goal of the season to help the Bruins (31-24-6, 68 points) pick up their fifth win in their last six contests, moving into a tie – in terms of points – with the Islanders for the second Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. New York, however, holds a game in hand.

Sean Monahan scored the 100th goal of his NHL career as the Flames improved to 7-2-1 in their last 10 contests and 5-1-1 in their last seven road games. Calgary (31-26-4, 66 points) kept pace with Nashville (29-22-9, 67 points) as the teams hold the two Western Conference Wild Card spots.

LOOSE PUCKS
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned his 402nd career win to surpass Chris Osgood (401) for sole possession of 11th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list; he also moved within one of tying Grant Fuhr (403) for 10th place . . . Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata scored to extend his point streak to seven games (2-5—7) . . . Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel scored the first goal of his NHL career (45 GP) . . .  Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman skated in his 600th NHL game . . . Claude Julien (MTL) became the 27th head coach in NHL history to coach 1,000 games . . . The NHL and PPG announced a multi-year corporate marketing agreement, making the company’s paint brands the official paint of the NHL in the United States and Canada . . . The Panthers hosted a screening of Soul On Ice, while the Lightning and Predators each hosted Pride Night as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month.

 

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NHL News: The Morning Skate

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Edmonton 4, FLORIDA 3
Washington 4, PHILADELPHIA 1
ANAHEIM 5, Boston 3

CAPITALS DEFEAT FLYERS FOR LEAGUE-LEADING 40TH WIN
Evgeny Kuznetsov (2-0—2), Nicklas Backstrom (1-1—2) and T.J. Oshie (1-1—2) each found the back of the net as the League-leading Capitals became the first team to reach the 40-win mark in 2016-17.

* Elias notes that Washington (40-12-7, 87 points), who played their 59th game on Wednesday, reached 40 wins in fewer than 60 games for the third time in franchise history. The other such instances came in 2009-10 (58 GP) and 2015-16 (53 GP), when the Capitals became the fastest team – in terms of games played – in NHL history to reach the 40-win milestone.

Braden Holtby (30-8-5) earned his 30th win of the season and improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 decisions. Elias notes that Holtby’s current run of consecutive decisions with a point is the third-longest such stretch by a goaltender in Capitals history, behind a 23-decision run by Jose Theodore in 2009-10 (20-0-3) and his own 22-decision stretch 2015-16 (20-0-2).

* Holtby now leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.99) and shutouts (7; tied) and ranks second in save percentage (.927) among goaltenders with at least 25 games played, behind Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk (.933).

OILERS AND DUCKS KEEP PACE IN PACIFIC
The Oilers (33-20-8, 74 points) and Ducks (32-20-10, 74 points) both earned victories to remain tied – in terms of points – for second place in the Pacific Division and gain ground on the division-leading Sharks (35-18-7, 77 points). Edmonton has one game in hand on Anaheim.

* The Panthers tied the game three times in the second period, but Kris Russell (GWG) scored his first goal in an Oilers uniform midway through the final frame to help Edmonton halt Florida’s win streak at five games. Cam Talbot (31 saves) improved to 31-16-7 this season to move within one win of tying Devan Dubnyk for the League lead. Elias notes that only four other goaltenders in Oilers history have recorded at least 31 wins in a season.

* Anaheim overcame two one-goal deficits before Rickard Rakell (2-0—2) scored a tiebreaking goal with 2:34 remaining in the third period to help the Ducks halt the Bruins’ win streak at four games. Rakell paces Anaheim with 24 goals this season (51 GP) – five shy of matching his total from his first 165 career games before 2016-17.

PENGUINS VISIT HEINZ FIELD AHEAD OF NHL STADIUM SERIES
Penguins forwards Conor Sheary and Bryan Rust joined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats rinkside at Heinz Field as excitement builds for the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, which will see the Penguins and Flyers face off outdoors on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVAS 2, NHL.TV).

* The 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Interactive Information Guide – featuring notes about the Penguins-Flyers rivalry as well as a list of records, a full register and a complete history of outdoor games – now is available for download via the League’s Media site.

LOOSE PUCKS
Capitals forward Justin Williams eclipsed the 400-assist milestone . . . Ducks forward Nicolas Kerdiles, who was born in Lewisville, Texas, skated in his first NHL game . . . Capitals forward Lars Eller skated in his 500th NHL game . . . Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (0-2—2) registered his 400th career point . . . The Vegas Golden Knights announced they will participate in the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative, while the Canadiens invited 270 children to a skating party as part of the month-long celebration . . . Hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the Ducks’ Hockey Is For Everyone night.

 

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