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Archive for March 21st, 2017

Blue Jackets reward Scott Harrington with two-year contract extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 21, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Scott Harrington to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

 

Harrington, 24, has recorded a goal and two assists for three points with six penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in 16 games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He made his Jackets debut on November 15 vs. Washington and tallied his first NHL goal and multi-point game (1-1-2) on January 22 at Ottawa.  He also skated in two games with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.

Scott Harrington CBJ (courtesy Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Kingston, Ontario native has posted 1-3-4 with 14 penalty minutes in 41 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.  He has added 8-31-39, 89 penalty minutes and is +33 in 143 career AHL games with the Monsters, Toronto Marlies and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins since making his professional debut in 2013.  Originally the Penguins’ second round pick, 54th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Harrington was acquired by the Blue Jackets in a trade from the Maple Leafs on June 25, 2016.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Maple Leafs.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Columbus Blue Jackets sign Lukas Sedlak to two-year extension

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 21, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Lukas Sedlak to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

 

Sedlak, 23, has notched seven goals and six assists for 13 points with 23 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 56 games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He leads club rookies in penalty minutes and ranks second in goals, assists, points and plus/minus.  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 and multi-point game (1-1-2) on December 9 at Detroit.

Lukáš Sedlák

The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native tallied 14-4-18 in 54 regular season games with the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters in 2015-16 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 recorded 28-20-48 with 83 penalty minutes in 159 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets give two-year contract extension to Markus Hannikainen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  MARCH 21, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Markus Hannikainen to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

 

Hannikainen, 23, has posted a goal and an assist for two points with six penalty minutes and an “even” plus/minus rating in 10 games with the Blue Jackets this season, including notching his first NHL goal on January 21 vs. Carolina and his first NHL assist on February 25 vs. the NY Islanders.  He has also recorded 13-11-24 with 18 penalty minutes and is +2 in 43 games with the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.  He ranks third on the club in goals and fourth in points per game (.56).

Markus Hannikainen

The Helsinki, Finland native has registered 1-1-2 with six penalty minutes in 14 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 tallied 20-24-44 with 38 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 93 career AHL games with the Monsters and notched 3-7-10 in 16 playoff games to help the club capture the 2016 Calder Cup.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

NHL Morning Skate Report for Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Improved Oilers climbing Pacific Division; Loose Pucks; Tonight’s schedule

“NHL Morning Skate,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from around the League.

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
TORONTO 4, Boston 2
Buffalo 2, DETROIT 1
NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 1
DALLAS 1, San Jose 0
EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 0

MAPLE LEAFS SWEEP SEASON SERIES WITH BRUINS
Tyler Bozak broke a 1-1 tie with 1:57 remaining in regulation and the Maple Leafs added two empty-net goals to sweep their four-game season series with Boston (BOS: 0-4-0), outscoring the Bruins 18-9 in those contests.

* At 33-23-15 (81 points), the Maple Leafs strengthened their grip on the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and climbed within one point of the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.

* Elias notes that Toronto swept a season series of at least four games versus Boston for the second time in franchise history (also 1924-25: 6-0-0).

TALBOT POSTS SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT, OILERS CLIMB PACIFIC DIVISION
Cam Talbot (35 saves) posted his second straight shutout (also March 18 vs. VAN) to backstop Edmonton to its fourth consecutive win. At 39-24-9 (87 points), the Oilers moved ahead of the idle Ducks (38-23-11, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division; the teams meet Wednesday at ANA.

* Talbot registered his seventh shutout of the season and improved to 37-20-8 overall (2.32 GAA, .922 SV%, 7 SO). He became the first Oilers goaltender to earn seven shutouts in a season since Tommy Salo (8) in 2000-01 and climbed within three wins of matching the single-season franchise record, set by Grant Fuhr (40) in 1987-88.

Connor McDavid collected two assists to move back into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race (25-57—82).

PREDATORS RECLAIM THIRD PLACE IN CENTRAL DIVISION
Ryan Ellis (2-0—2) registered his second multi-goal game of the season to power the Predators to their fourth win in their last five games.

* Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) moved two points ahead of idle St. Louis (38-28-5, 81 points) for third place in the Central Division. The Predators hold a 3-1-0 edge in their five-game season series with the Blues (STL: 1-3-0), which concludes April 2 at STL.

Pekka Rinne (25 saves) improved to 6-1-2 in his last nine outings (2.60 GAA, .911 SV%) and 28-16-8 overall this season (2.51 GAA, .915 SV%, 2 SO).

LOOSE PUCKS
Jack Eichel scored to reach the 50-point milestone for the second time in as many seasons (21-29—50) and help the Sabres earn a win in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena . . . Kari Lehtonen (30 saves) posted his 36th career shutout as the Stars hosted Veterans Appreciation Night . . . Brad Marchand (37-43—80) collected an assist to become the first Bruins player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since Marc Savard in 2008-09 (25-63—88) . . . William Nylander (2-6—8 in 8 GP) and Viktor Arvidsson (4-2—6 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks . . . Sabres defenseman Brady Austin made his NHL debut . . . The Red Wings honored former forward Dallas Drake in a pre-game ceremony at Joe Louis Arena . . . Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games for elbowing Kings defenseman Drew Doughty . . . Bruins forward Brad Marchand, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Flames goaltender Brian Elliott were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 19 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Bernie Parent and Guy Lafleur as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, RDS2, TSN5
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT
NY Rangers @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG
Calgary @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, SNW
Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-D
Arizona @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SUN, FS-A PLUS
Carolina @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-PH
San Jose @ Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN
Vancouver @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, SNP
St. Louis @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-MW
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ATLANTIC DIVISION CONTENDERS MEET AT TD GARDEN
The Senators (39-24-8, 86 points) visit the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) in a meeting between two of the top three teams in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa sits four points back of Montreal (41-23-8, 90 points) and aims to reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2014-15 (43-26-13, 99 points), while Boston looks to extend its home win streak to four contests. The Senators have won four consecutive games against the Bruins dating to Jan. 9, 2016 (BOS: 0-3-1), including a 2-0-0 record in their four-game season series.

ELLIOTT AIMS TO ESTABLISH FRANCHISE RECORD WITH 12TH STRAIGHT WIN
Flames goaltender Brian Elliott has won 11 consecutive games (1.70 GAA, .942 SV%, 2 SO) and can establish the longest win streak by a netminder in franchise history with a victory over the Capitals, eclipsing the mark set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 – Feb. 27, 1989 (11-0-0). Calgary (41-27-4, 86 points) enters the contest with a 13-1-1 record in its last 15 games, while Washington (46-17-8, 100 points) recently clinched a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs – the 27th postseason appearance in franchise history and ninth in the past 10 seasons.

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