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Blue Jackets add goaltending depth by acquiring Jeff Zatkoff from LA Kings

Jeff Zatkoff 2014 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 22, 2018



COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  He has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters.


Zatkoff, 30, is 18-21-4 with a 2.72 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and a shutout in 48 career NHL games with the Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins from 2013-17.  He has also posted a 98-82-6 record with a 2.45 GAA, .915 SV % and 16 shutouts in 208 career AHL contests with the Ontario Reign, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Manchester Monarchs since making his pro debut in 2008-09.


The Detroit, Michigan native has served as the third netminder for the AHL’s Reign this season.  In 2016-17, he went 2-7-1 with a 2.95 GAA and .879 SV% in 13 games with Los Angeles and 2-3-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .900 SV% in eight contests with the Reign.  He helped the Penguins win a Stanley Cup in 2015-16 with a 4-7-1 record, 2.79 GAA and .917 SV% in 14 regular season contests and a 1-1-0 record with a 3.08 GAA and .908 SV% in two Stanley Cup Playoff games.  The 6-2, 186-pound netminder posted NHL career-bests in wins and GAA with Pittsburgh in his rookie campaign in 2013-14, going 12-6-2 with a 2.61 GAA and .912 SV%.


Originally Los Angeles’ third round selection, 74th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft, Zatkoff went 17-15-3 with a 2.97 GAA and .915 SV% in 37 ECHL contests with the Reign in 2008-09.  Prior to turning pro, he spent three campaigns at Miami University (Ohio) from 2005-08, finishing his collegiate career with a 54-22-7 record, 1.96 GAA, .927 SV% and seven shutouts in 82 contests.


Zatkoff Full Stats


The Blue Jackets return to action on Tuesday when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights.  Game time from T-Mobile Arena is 10 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 9:30 p.m.  All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via FOX Sports GO.  The game may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at




#13 Basketball Buckeyes start 4-game homestand with Cornhuskers; Ohio State, Nebraska tip at 8 p.m. on BTN

No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes (17-4, 8-0) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (14-7, 5-3)


Date: Jan. 22, 2018
Site: Value City Arena (18,809)
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
Television: BTN






• Chris Holtmann is the first Big Ten coach to record an 8-0 record in conference play during his first season since Sam Barry went 11-0 to start the 1923 campaign at Iowa 95 years ago. Holtmann is the third coach in conference history to start his career in league play at 8-0 or better.
Coaches to Start Career 5-0 in Big Ten
Walter Meanwell, Wisconsin, 12-0 in 1912
Sam Barry, Iowa, 11-0 in 1923
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State, 8-0 in 2018
Tom Davis, Iowa, 6-0 in 1987
Bucky O’Connor, Iowa, 5-0 in 1952
O.B. “Ozzie” Cowles, Minnesota, 5-0 in 1949


• Both Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, along with fifth-year transfer Andrew Dakich, are college graduates. Tate (sport industry) and Bates-Diop (economics) earned Ohio State degrees after three and a half years when they went through graduation ceremonies Dec. 17 in Columbus. Dakich (history) is a graduate of Michigan playing his final year of eligibility at Ohio State as a graduate transfer. Both Dakich and Tate are working on graduate degrees in coaching. Bates-Diop is now working on a minor in psychology. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.1 last semester with 10 student-athletes earning a 3.0 and five earning a 3.5 GPA.



• By the Numbers: Keita Bates-Diop reached 1,000 points for his career with a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota Jan. 20 at Madison Square Garden (1,013)…he is the 55th player in Ohio State history to reach 1,000 points for his career…he reached 500 (512) career rebounds with eight at Northwestern Jan. 17…after scoring 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career against Minnesota the last time out, Bates-Diop is the 28th player in Ohio State history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds…Bates-Diop needs two made 3s to reach 100 makes for his career (98-274)…Bates-Diop is 53rd on the all-time Ohio State scoring list after a 17-point effort vs. Minnesota.
50. Bill Andreas 1,023
51. Jason Singleton 1,022
52. Lenzelle Smith Jr. 1,014
53 Keita Bates-Diop 1,013
54. Chris Jent 1,007
C.J. Jackson reached 400 points for his career with 14 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 (455)…Jackson played his 50th career game for the Buckeyes vs. the Terrapins Jan 11…Jackson has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 17 games after a 3-7 shooting effort from long range last Saturday vs. Minnesota…Jackson has 16 games this season with 10 or more points, including 15 in the last 18 games…he has 34 assists and 12 turnovers in the last seven games. Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points at Iowa to reach 1,300 career points…he added 10 points vs. Minnesota the last time out (1,354)…he’s averaging 12.4 points a game this season and 11.7 ppg. for his career…Tate ranks No. 27 all-time in career scoring (1,354) after passing No. 28 Marc Loving (1,338) at Northwestern. The late Brent Darby is 26th with 1,368 career points.
25. Brian Brown 1,384
26. Brent Darby 1,368
27. Jae’Sean Tate 1,354
28. Marc Loving 1,338
Ohio State played in its 300th game this decade (2010-18) vs. The Citadel and is 227-81 after the win vs. Minnesota. The Buckeyes have put together the winningest decade in Ohio State history.


• Tate is one of just seven players in the NCAA this season to make every field goal attempt in a game in which they took double-digit shots after connecting on all 10 field goal attempts vs. Northeastern…Tate is third nationally in field goal percentage (.550) among players 6-4 or shorter…Bates-Diop is fifth nationally among players 6-7 or shorter with 37 blocked shots…among players with at least 35 blocks, Bates-Diop has the second-highest PAR (points+assists+rebounds) nationally at 29.9.


• Keita Bates-Diop is the first Ohio State player to score 25 or more points in three-consecutive games since Michael Redd did so vs. Penn State at St. John Arena (32, 2/28/98), vs. Indiana (25, 3/5/98) at the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and vs. Oakland (29, 11/13/98). The first two games for Redd ended his freshman season while the third was the start of his sophomore campaign and the first game played at Value City Arena. Bates-Diop scored 27 at Iowa Jan. 4, 32 vs. No. 1 Michigan State Jan. 7 and 26 vs. Maryland Jan. 11. Redd scored 86 points over the three games while Bates-Diop totaled 85 points.


• The family of junior Keita Bates-Diop is working to give back after Kai, Keita’s younger brother, suffered cardiac arrest and was revived by athletic trainers last year at a high school practice. The family is working to raise funds for organizations to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used by University High School (Bloomington, Ill.) athletic trainers Maddie Biehl and Emily Martz, to revive Kai last February. Read more at


Nebraska begins its busiest week of the season Monday night, as the Huskers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Tipoff at Value City Arena is set for shortly after 7 p.m. (CT) and Monday’s tilt between the Huskers and Buckeyes will be televised nationally on BTN with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game is also available on, BTN2Go and the Fox Sports Go app.

Fans can follow all of the action across the state of Nebraska on the IMG Husker Sports Network with Kent Pavelka and Ben McLaughlin on the call. The game will also be available on, on the Huskers app, on TuneIn Radio and on the TuneIn Radio app. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Nebraska (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) comes into Columbus having won seven of its last nine games following a 72- 52 win over No. 23 Michigan last Thursday. The Huskers held Michigan to 37.5 percent shooting, including just 4-of-18 from 3-point range. James Palmer Jr. had 19 points to pace four Huskers in double figures, as the Huskers shot 55 percent from the field in snapping a 10-game losing streak to Michigan that predated NU’s Big Ten days.

Nebraska’s biggest improvement over the last month has come on the defensive end of the court. Since giving up a season-high 94 points to UTSA on Dec. 20, the Huskers have held their last eight opponents to 38.8 percent shooting, including just 28.8 percent from 3-point range. NU has held its last seven foes to under 45 percent shooting, including three straight under 40 percent.

The Huskers will face one of the biggest surprises in college basketball, as Ohio State is ranked 22nd in both polls and sporting a 17-4 record following a 67-49 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. First-year coach Chris Holtmann has guided OSU to 12 wins in their last 13 games dating back to the start of December. The Buckeyes feature one of the frontrunners for Big Ten player of the year in junior forward Keita Bates-Diop, who is among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (8.9 rpg) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg).

While OSU has won 10 of the 12 meetings, the last two meetings were both decided by one point, as the teams won on each other’s homecourt in 2016-17.

NUMBERS TO KNOW 1.25 – Nebraska’s assist-to-turnover ratio which is on pace to be NU’s best in more than 20 years. In fact, the last time Nebraska had more assists than turnovers was in 2009-10. Nebraska has had 10 or fewer turnovers in each of its last three games. No. Year Asst.-to-TO ratio 1. 2017-18 1.25 2. 2001-02 1.24 3. 2008-09 1.15 4. 2009-10 1.13

122 – Nebraska’s 122 blocked shots is the most blocked shots in a season since 2005-06 and is just eight shy of 10th place on NU’s single-season charts (130, 2005-06). Last season, NU blocked 116 shots in 31 games.

70 – Nebraska is 13-2 when scoring 70 or more points and 2-5 when held to under 70 points. Nebraska’s only two losses when scoring 70+ points was a one-point loss to Kansas and a two-point OT loss at Penn State.

SERIES HISTORY VS. OHIO STATE Ohio State leads the all-time series, 14-4, in a series that dates back to 1936. The Buckeyes are 10-2 against the Huskers since Nebraska joined the Big Ten with Nebraska’s wins coming in 2014 (Lincoln) and 2017 (Columbus). The last three meetings have been decided by a total of five points, including a pair of one-point decisions in 2016-17. The Huskers’ are looking for their second straight win against the Buckeyes after a 58-57 win last season.

LAST MEETING VS. OHIO STATE Glynn Watson’s 3-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining capped a frantic rally that saw Nebraska score the final six points and pull out a 58-57 victory over Ohio State on Feb. 18, 2017. The Huskers trailed 57-52 with 30.6 seconds left after a Marc Loving 3-pointer, but made the plays in the final seconds to earn the program’s first-ever road win in Columbus. Jack McVeigh, who came off the bench and had 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 24.7 seconds left to pull NU within 57-55 and the Huskers used their last timeout. On the ensuing inbounds play, Nick Fuller and Tai Webster tied up Kam Williams with 21.2 seconds left, giving the Huskers one final chance to win. The Buckeyes, who had four fouls to give before putting the Huskers in the bonus, fouled Watson twice to kill some time. On the Huskers’ third attempt, Watson got through the Buckeye defense, drew contact and connected off glass to tie the score. Watson than completed the 3-point play to give the Huskers their first lead since the opening minutes. Watson finished with 14 points and five rebounds, as four Huskers finished in double figures in NU’s second doubledigit road comeback this season. Tai Webster led all scorers with 17 points, while Ed Morrow Jr. added 10 points and six boards before fouling out.

LAST TIME OUT James Palmer Jr. led four Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska turned in its best defensive effort of the season in posting a 72-52 win over No. 23 Michigan Thursday night in front of a crowd of 15,794 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Palmer had a game-high 19 points, while Isaiah Roby added a career-high 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting to lead the Huskers to their first win over Michigan since 1964. Prior to tonight, the Huskers were winless in eight tries against the Wolverines since joining the Big Ten in 2011-12.

Isaac Copeland and Anton Gill added 13 and 10 points respectively, as Nebraska shot 55 percent from the field in its best shooting performance since late November.

While Nebraska enjoyed a balanced attack, it was its defense that shined in breaking a 10-game losing streak to Michigan. The Huskers (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (16-5, 5-3) to season lows in points (52), 3-pointers made (four) and 3-point percentage (22.2 percent) on just 37.5 percent shooting.

NU was also able to force 11 turnovers, including nine steals, against a Wolverine team that led the Big Ten in turnovers.


The 20-point win over No. 23 Michigan was Nebraska’s largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent since a 28-point win over No. 25 Texas Tech on Feb. 24, 2004 (72-44).

 The 20-point win also marked the second double-figure win by NU over a ranked opponent this season.

 The win was Nebraska’s first victory over Michigan since the Huskers’ upset the No. 1-ranked Wolverines 74-73 on Dec. 12, 1964. Nebraska snapped a 10-game losing streak to Michigan and defeated the Wolverines for the first time in nine tries in Big Ten Conference play.

 Nebraska improved to 11-1 this season at Pinnacle Bank Arena, posting its highest win total at home since the 2013- 14 season.

 Isaiah Roby had a career high 14 points and finished with three assists, one shy of his career high. He topped his previous career high of 12 points, set six days ago at Penn State.

 Nebraska shot 55.3 percent from the field, its thirdhighest mark of the season.

 Michigan’s 20-point loss at Nebraska is its largest defeat since Dec. 8, 2015 at No. 19 SMU (82-58)



NHL Morning Skate for Saturday, January 20, 2018


Home Team in Caps

FLORIDA 4, Vegas 3 (OT)
Montreal 3, WASHINGTON 2
ANAHEIM 2, Los Angeles 1

On the night franchise founder Wayne Huizenga was honored at BB&T Center as part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Aaron Ekbladscored 40 seconds into overtime to power the Panthers past the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights.

Aleksander Barkov (1-2—3) scored his League-leading fifth shorthanded goal of 2017-18, tied for the second-most in a single season in franchise history. Only three players since 2010-11 have scored more than five shorthanded markers in a single campaign: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7 in 2015-16 w/ OTT), Frans Nielsen (7 in 2010-11 w/ NYI) and Michael Grabner (6 in 2010-11 w/ NYI).



Ryan Kesler scored the go-ahead goal with 7:39 remaining in regulation to propel the Ducks to a win over the Kings and a 6-1-1 mark in their last eight games at Honda Center, including four straight wins. Anaheim improved to 22-16-9 (53 points) overall and are now tied, in terms of points, with Los Angeles (24-17-5, 53 points) for fourth place in the tightly-contested Pacific Division standings, where positions Nos. 2-4 are separated by just one point.

Max Pacioretty (2-1—3) factored on all three goals to help the Canadiens snap a three-game slide (0-1-2). Pacioretty has scored six times in his last six games dating to Jan. 4 (6-1—7) after netting eight goals in his first 40 contests of the season (8-13—21).

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s mid-season rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft will be released on Monday, January 22, at 11:00 a.m. ET. The rankings, featuring the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 125 skaters and 15 goaltenders internationally, will be available on and


· Canadiens (via Dave Stubbs)

· Behind the Numbers: How Auston Matthews compares to Alex Ovechkin in second NHL season

· Kings’ Dustin Brown fined for cross-checking

· Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin fined for spearing

· Moon Taxi joins 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night lineup




NHL Morning Skate for Friday, January 19, 2018


Home Team in Caps

NEW JERSEY 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Boston 5, NY ISLANDERS 2
PHILADELPHIA 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
COLUMBUS 2, Dallas 1 (SO)
NY RANGERS 4, Buffalo 3
St. Louis 4, OTTAWA 1
Vegas 4, TAMPA BAY 1
NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 2 (SO)
COLORADO 5, San Jose 3
Pittsburgh 3, LOS ANGELES 1

Patrice Bergeron (3-0—3) scored his second hat trick of the season (4-1—5 on Jan. 6 vs. CAR) to help the Bruins push their point streak to 15 games (11-0-4), the longest in the NHL this season.

* This marks the ninth time in franchise history that the Bruins have recorded one or more points in at least 15 consecutive games – and third time in the past seven seasons (also 15 GP in 2011-12 and 16 GP in 2013-14). They are the only club with multiple point streaks of at least 15 games since 2011-12.



* Bergeron became the fourth player to record multiple hat tricks this season, joining Alex Ovechkin (3), Gabriel Landeskog (2) and John Tavares(2). He also became the first Bruins player to score multiple hat tricks in a span of six team games since Rick Tocchet in 1995-96 (5 GP).

Nathan MacKinnon (2-1—3) factored on three of five goals and Jonathan Bernier made 45 saves to help the Avalanche extend their win streak to eight games, tied for the longest in the NHL this season (w/ LAK and VGK). Colorado registered a win streak of at least eight contests for the first time since posting an equal run from Dec. 31, 2005 – Jan. 17, 2006.

* MacKinnon extended his point streak to eight games (7-10—17) and pushed his totals to 22-35—57 overall this season (44 GP), trailing only Nikita Kucherov (27-34—61) for the most points in the NHL.

* Bernier – whose 45 saves were a season high – has earned victories in seven consecutive appearances dating to Dec. 31 (1.54 GAA, .957 SV%, 1 SO), extending the longest win streak of his NHL career.

On the night former captain Eric Lindros’ No. 88 was retired in a pre-game ceremony at Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period and Sean Couturier scored 18 seconds into overtime to power Philadelphia to a 5-1-0 record in its last six contests.

* Couturier has scored eight times in his last six games (8-2—10) and boosted his 2017-18 totals to 26-20—46 overall (45 GP), extending his single-season career highs for goals and points. Only Alex Ovechkin (28) and Nikita Kucherov (27) have scored more goals this season.

* Lindros joined Bernie Parent (No. 1), Mark Howe (No. 2), Barry Ashbee (No. 4), Bill Barber (No. 7) and Bobby Clarke (No. 16) as the only players to have their number retired by the Flyers. Lindros, who played his first eight NHL seasons with Philadelphia, collected 290-369—659 in 486 career contests and is the franchise’s all-time leader in points per game (1.36).



Four different skaters found the back of the net and Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves to help the Western Conference-leading Golden Knights(30-11-3, 63 points) defeat the League-leading Lightning (31-11-3, 65 points) and move within two points of Tampa Bay for first place in the NHL standings. Vegas became the fifth team in NHL history to reach the 30-win mark in its inaugural season.


* Fleury improved to 10-3-2 this season (1.72 GAA, .945 SV%, 2 SO) and paces the NHL in goals-against average (tied) and save percentage among netminders to appear in at least 15 games. He also earned the 385th win of his NHL career to move into a tie with Mike Vernon for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time list among goaltenders.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand (20-26—46) and Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (20-25—45) both reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth straight season:

* Marchand became the first Bruins player to reach the 20-goal mark in five consecutive seasons (all w/ BOS) since Joe Thornton posted an equal run from 1999-00 to 2003-04.

* Tarasenko became the first Blues player to reach the 20-goal mark in five consecutive seasons (all w/ STL) since Pavol Demitra did so in seven straight from 1997-98 to 2003-04.


· Willie O’Ree lauded as gentleman, inspiration who opened doors

· John Tortorella moved to tears by story of U.S. Army man’s amazing recovery




NHL adds Rock Band Moon Taxi to 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night Lineup



The Alternative Rock Band Will Open for Fitz and The Tantrums In Jan. 26 Free Concert at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa; 2018 NHL All-Star Captain P.K. Subban and 93.3 FLZ’s Scotty Davis to Host



NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2018) – American alt-rock band Moon Taxi has joined the bill for the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night concert at Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26, the National Hockey League and Tampa Bay Sports Commission announced today. Headlined by Fitz and The Tantrums, the two-hour free concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Nashville Predators defenseman and 2018 NHL All-Star captain P.K. Subban and 93.3 FLZ’s Scotty Davis. The event will be open to the public, rain or shine. A ticket will not be required for entry.

The five-piece band is reaching new heights with the success of its new single, ”Two High,” topping more than 60 million streams on Spotify and making heavy rotation on SiriusXM. The song is the first single from its highly anticipated fifth studio album, Let The Record Play, which was released today via RCA Records. Moon Taxi’s Let The Record Play tour is set to open in February.

Let The Record Play is a triumphant moment of rock-pop exploration. Produced and mixed by the band’s guitarist, Spencer Thomson, Let The Record Play is a document of one of the most creative bands to emerge from Nashville’s immensely fertile landscape – and one that has been thriving on the festival scene for years, bringing its electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and beyond. Beloved enough in its hometown to sell out two nights at the famed Ryman Auditorium this past October, this LP, its RCA Records debut, is certain to catapult the band even higher.

Doors to the 2018 Enterprise NHL® All-Star Friday Night will open at 6 p.m. Before heading to Curtis Hixon Park on Friday, Jan. 26, fans should visit to review the security reminders and list of prohibited items.  The bag policy only allows small personal handbags, backpacks or baby bags into the venue for the event.  All bags are subject to search before being allowed into Curtis Hixon Park. Fans will have an opportunity to take a picture at the Selfie Station and tag themselves using the official event hashtag - #NHLAllStarFriday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who are celebrating their 25th season, and the city of Tampa will host the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend. The League’s midseason showcase will take place at AMALIE Arena and will include the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 27 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.



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