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Archive for April 4th, 2017

MLS announces time change for Crew SC at Orlando City SC game on October 15


Kickoff time will now take place at 5:00 p.m. ET

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2017

COLUMBUS – Major League Soccer today announced that the kickoff time for Crew SC’s road contest against Orlando City SC on Sunday, October 15 at Orlando City Stadium has been moved to 5:00 p.m. ET (original time was 3:00 p.m. ET).

Broadcast details for this match remain unchanged, with the match being available via The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM and La Mega 103.1 FM, with the English radio stream also available on ColumbusCrewSC.com. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM.

The change is one of two recent changes in Crew SC’s schedule. Previously it was announced that the July 29 road contest against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium had been moved to 8:00 p.m. ET (original time was 10:00 p.m. ET).

The Black & Gold return to action on Saturday, April 8 when they travel to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (2:00 p.m. ET / ABC-6, Spectrum Sports, BCSN 2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

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CBJ ROAD GAME DAY at Pittsburgh vs. the Penguins

PPG Paints Arena outside By Jleedev, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

PPG Paints Arena inside during hockey action By Nineteenninety, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr. 4, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Penguins ||  PPG Paints Arena  ||  7:00 pm ET

MEDIA INFORMATION

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Bob McElligott)

 

GAME INFORMATION

The Matchup
Columbus: 49-21-8  (106 pts.)  || 21-10-7  (49 pts.) on Road  || 3rd Metropolitan  || 3.05 GF / 2.28 GA
Pittsburgh: 48-19-11 (107 pts)  || 30-6-4 (64 pts.) at Home  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.36 GF / 2.77 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 12-14-4 (4-9-1 on Road)
2016-17: Dec. 22 – at CBJ 7, PIT 1… Feb. 3 – at PIT 4, CBJ 3 (OT)… Feb. 17 – at CBJ 2, PIT 1 (OT)… Apr. 4 at Pittsburgh
2015-16: Nov. 13 – CBJ 2, at PIT 1… Nov. 27 – at CBJ 2, PIT 1 (OT)… Dec. 21 – at PIT 5, CBJ 2… Mar. 11 – PIT 3, at CBJ 2 

*  The Blue Jackets are 7-3-1 vs. the Penguins since 2014-15, including 2-2-1 at Pittsburgh
*  Three of the past six games in the series have been decided in overtime, including each of the past two contests

NOTEWORTHY
*  Columbus is 18-7-3 against the Metro Division and had its 11-game point streak (9-0-2) snapped on Sunday vs. the Capitals
*  The Jackets’ 49 points on the road, where they play three of their final four games of the regular season, are tied for the most points in a season in club history (2014-15; 23-15-3)

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Blue Jackets:
* 7  Jack Johnson - Riding a three-game point streak (2-1-3), the blueliner leads the club in blocked shots (127) and ranks second in time on ice (21:49)
* 17  Brandon Dubinsky - Leads the Jackets and ranks ninth in the NHL in hits (237) and has 12-20-32 in 46 career games vs. the Penguins including a 2016-17 series-high 2-3-5 in three games
Penguins:
* 81  Phil Kessel - Has set a career high in assists with 22-45-67 and leads the Penguiuns with 29 power play points (8-21-29) 

* 87  Sidney Crosby - Leads the NHL in goals and is fourth-T in points with 43-41-84 and has 7-16-23 in 20 career games vs. the Jackets

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NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Canadiens clinch Atlantic Division; Matthews sets rookie records

MONDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Toronto 4, BUFFALO 2
DETROIT 5, Ottawa 4 (SO)
Montreal 4, FLORIDA 1

CANADIENS CLINCH FIRST PLACE IN ATLANTIC DIVISION
Artturi Lehkonen (2-1—3) tied single-game career highs for goals and points to help the Canadiens (46-24-9, 101 points) clinch first place in the Atlantic Division, their third division title in the past five seasons.

* Montreal has won five consecutive games while outscoring opponents 19-6 over the streak and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the third time in the last four campaigns.

Charlie Lindgren made 31 saves in his first appearance of the season and second of his NHL career. Lindgren has earned a win in each of his first two career appearances (1.50 GAA, .950 SV%).

Max Pacioretty collected an assist to extend his point streak to five games (2-5—7).

MATTHEWS SETS ROOKIE RECORDS AS MAPLE LEAFS CLIMB STANDINGS
Auston Matthews scored his 39th goal of the season to help the Maple Leafs improve to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games, including four consecutive wins. At 39-24-15 (93 points), the Maple Leafs leapfrogged the idle Bruins (43-30-6, 92 points) to move into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.

* Matthews (39-28—67 in 78 GP) established a single-season Maple Leafs record for points by a rookie, eclipsing the mark set by Peter Ihnacak in 1982-83 (28-38—66 in 80 GP). Matthews also established a single-season NHL record for goals by a U.S.-born rookie, breaking the mark set by Neal Broten in 1981-82 (38).

* Matthews has scored in five consecutive games and has tallied at least one point in nine straight contests (8-4—12). Elias notes that Matthews became the third rookie in franchise history to score in five or more consecutive team games, joining Alf Skinner from Jan. 28 – Feb. 13, 1918 (6 GP) and Gaye Stewart from Nov. 12-21, 1942 (5 GP).

DID YOU KNOW?
William Nylander (22-38—60) and Mitchell Marner (18-42—60) each collected assists to become the second and third Maple Leafs rookies to reach the 60-point mark this season, joining Matthews. Elias notes that the 1980-81 Nordiques are the only other team in NHL history to feature three rookies with at least 60 points (Peter Stastny: 39-70—109, Anton Stastny: 39-46—85, Dale Hunter: 19-44—63).

LOOSE PUCKS
Evgeny Svechnikov scored the decisive goal in the shootout while making his NHL debut to guide the Red Wings to victory . . . The Maple Leafs scored three times in a span of 43 seconds early in the first period . . . Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault scored his 30th goal of the season (72 GP). Prior to 2016-17, Marchessault tallied eight goals in his first 49 career games . . . Senators captain Erik Karlsson (1-1—2) reached the 70-point mark for the fourth time in his NHL career (16-54—70) . . . Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, Sabres forward Alexander Nylander and Senators forward Colin White also made their NHL debuts . . . The NHL announced it will not participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games . . . Devils defenseman Dalton Prout was suspended for two games for interference against Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas . . . Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson and Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 2 . . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris released portraits of Pat LaFontaine and Marcel Dionne as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Boston, 7 p.m., SN, TVAS, NBCSN, NESN
Philadelphia @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, CSN-PH
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., ROOT, FS-O
Washington @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, CSN-DC
Detroit @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-D
Winnipeg @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW+, TSN3
NY Islanders @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, MSG+ 2
Carolina @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-CR
Arizona @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW+, FS-A PLUS
Chicago @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, WGN
Calgary @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., SN1, PRIME
Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, SNW
Vancouver @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., NBCS CA+, SNP
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LIGHTNING-BRUINS, OILERS-KINGS FEATURED ON NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER
Tuesday’s 13-game slate features two contests on NBCSN as part of the network’s “Push For The Playoffs” coverage throughout the final week of the season:

* In the first game, the Bruins (43-30-6, 92 points) host the Lightning (39-29-10, 88 points) at TD Garden. Boston occupies the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and enters the contest with wins in their last five outings, while Tampa Bay, who have earned points in their last six games (5-0-1), look to gain ground on the Bruins for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

* In the second contest, the Oilers (44-25-9, 97 points) visit the Kings (37-34-7, 81 points) at STAPLES Center. Edmonton, led by NHL points leader Connor McDavid (29-65—94 in 78 GP), owns sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division and enters the contest on a five-game win streak.

EASTERN CONFERENCE CLUBS LOOK TO SECURE VALUABLE WINS
Four other Eastern Conference clubs in the hunt for postseason berths are in action on Tuesday:

* The Maple Leafs (39-24-15, 93 points) host the League-leading Capitals (52-18-8, 112 points) at Air Canada Centre. Toronto has won four consecutive contests and holds sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.

* The Senators (41-27-10, 92 points) conclude their back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Red Wings (32-35-12, 76 points) at Canadian Tire Centre. Ottawa ranks third in the Atlantic Division, one point back of Toronto.

* The Islanders (37-29-12, 86 points) visit the Predators (40-28-11, 91 points) at Bridgestone Arena. New York sits six points back of Boston for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

* The Hurricanes (35-29-14, 84 points) square off with the Wild (46-25-8, 100 points) at Xcel Energy Center. Carolina sits eight points back of Boston for the final Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.

DUCKS AIM FOR 25TH CONSECUTIVE HOME VICTORY OVER FLAMES
The Pacific Division-leading Ducks (43-23-13, 99 points) aim to extend their point streak to 12 games (8-0-3) and eclipse the 100-point mark for the fourth straight season when they host the Flames (44-31-4, 92 points) at Honda Center. Anaheim has won 24 consecutive regular-season home games versus Calgary dating to April 4, 2004 (CGY: 0-19-5), the longest such run against one opponent in NHL history.

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Blue Jackets Playoff Tickets are on sale now

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The March is On as the Blue Jackets prepare for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs! You have the opportunity to purchase individual game tickets for First Round games at Nationwide Arena.

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Columbus Blue Jackets recall Sonny Milano for Tuesday’s game at Pittsburgh

Columbus’ 2014 first round pick expected to join the club in Pittsburgh prior to Tuesday’s game vs. Penguins
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Sonny Milano from the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  Milano is expected to join the Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh later today in advance of Tuesday’s game against the Penguins.

 

Milano, 20, has collected 16-27-43 and 20 penalty minutes in 59 games with Cleveland this season, leading the club in points and assists (tied) and ranking second in goals.  He is also tied for the club lead with two shorthanded goals and his four power play goals is tied for third.

Sonny Milano

Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Milano has 0-1-1 and an “even” plus/minus rating in five career NHL games, including skating in two contests this season.  He made his Blue Jackets’ debut at the New York Islanders on Mar. 31, 2016 and registered his first career point with an assist in the following game at Carolina on Apr. 2, 2016.  He has 30-49-79 and 42 penalty minutes in 123 career AHL games.  In his first full pro season, he picked up 14-17-31, 22 penalty minutes and was +12 in 54 games for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 4-4-8 in 17 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.
The Massapequa, New York native spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2012-14 and collected 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15.  He also notched 2-2-4 in five games for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Game time from PPG Paints 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 Blue Jackets home games during the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, go on sale Tuesday, April 4, at 10 a.m.  at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Information on all ticketing packages for 2016-17 can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.
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