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Blue Jackets back at it tonight at 7 pm hosting Chicago Blackhawks

The Columbus Blue Jackets, losers 4-1 on Monday night to the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena, will be get back on the ice tonight, hosting the always-physical Chicago Blackhawks.

Yes, the CBJ are a bit weary, but one thing about the preseason, teams have as many as 45-60 players in camp and you bring in fresh bodies each game.

The Blackhawks on the other hand are not weary at all. The Chicago Blackhawks open the 2018 preseason tonight at Columbus against the Blue Jackets. It marks the first of six preseason games for Chicago … Chicago will play three straight road games and then three straight home games.

The Blackhawks will not be bringing any of their superstar players to Columbus. Those would include Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. But the fans will see former Blue Jackets player Artem Anisimov. He was very popular and productive during his three seasons in Columbus, 2012-13 to 2014-15. Anisimov will center the Hawks top line tonight.

Tonight’s game officials as assigned by the National Hockey League: Dan O’Halloran #13 (Referee); Beau Halkidis #48 (Referee); Shandor Alphonso #52 (Linesman); Matt MacPherson #83 (Linesman).


TRAINNG CAMP NUMBERS: The Blackhawks will host a total of 57 players as the team opens training camp this year: 30 forwards, 20 defensemen and seven goaltenders … 23 of the players in camp spent time with the Blackhawks last season … 21 of the 57 players in camp spent time with Rockford last season and four of the 57 played with the Indy Fuel last season … 30 of the 57 players in camp were drafted by the Blackhawks.

HEAD COACH: Joel Quenneville is entering his 11th season with the Blackhawks after being named the 37th head coach in franchise history on Oct. 16, 2008 … in 782 regular-season games behind the Blackhawks bench, the team is 446-243-93 … he has a postseason record of 76-52 and led the team to three Stanley Cup championships (2010, 2013 and 2015) … he is the second-winningest coach in NHL history with an all-time record of 884-526-204 … he has an all-time playoff record of 118-97 … prior to joining the Blackhawks, he served as head coach for the Colorado Avalanche (2005-08) and St. Louis Blues (1996-2004) … he played 13 years in the NHL as a defenseman netting 54 goals and 136 assists in 803 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1979-80), Colorado Rockies (1980-82), New Jersey Devils (1982-83), Hartford Whalers (1983-90) and Washington Capitals (1990-91).



Victor Ejdsell – Artem Anisimov – Dylan Sikura

John Hayden – Marcus Kruger – Andreas Martinsen

Alexandre Fortin – Philipp Kurashev – Matthew Highmore

Nathan Noel – Henrik Samuelsson – Dominik Kahun


Erik Gustafsson – Carl Dahlstrom

Blake Hillman – Henri Jokiharju

Brandon Davidson – Adam Boqvist


Cam Ward

Collin Delia

LAST SEASON RECAP: The Blackhawks finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 33-39-10 … the Blackhawks missed out on the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine seasons.

UPCOMING MILESTONES: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith needs just five regular season games for 1,000 career … he will be the fifth player in Blackhawks history to play in 1,000 career games with the franchise … Forward Chris Kunitz needs just 34 games for 1,000 career as he opens the regular season with 966 career games … Forward Jonathan Toews enters the season with 292 career goals, needing eight for 300 career … Keith enters the season with 92 career goals, needing eight for 100 career … Defenseman Brent Seabrook enters the season with 95 career goals, needing five for 100.

EXHIBITION SLATE: The Blackhawks will play six exhibition games, with preseason play beginning on Tuesday, September 18 at Columbus … All six of Chicago’s preseason contests will be carried on television for the fourth straight year … One Blackhawks preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago (September 21 at Ottawa), in addition to three games (September 18 at Columbus, September 25 vs. Detroit and September 27 vs. Ottawa) on NBC Sports Chicago Plus and two contests on WGN-TV (September 20 at Detroit and September 29 vs. Columbus) … Six games will be carried on the radio with WGN Radio AM-720 airing two of the team’s preseason tilts: (September 21 at Ottawa and September 27 vs. Ottawa) … Due to network conflicts on WGN Radio, the following games will air on a shadow station—ESPN Radio 1000: Tuesday, September 18 at Columbus, Thursday, September 20 at Detroit and Friday, September 25 vs. Detroit … The final preseason game will air on WLS-AM 890 … All six preseason matchups can be heard on or on mobile devices with the WGN Radio app.




Nick Foligno, Alexander Wennberg, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Liam Foudy, Josh Anderson, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Kole Sherwood, Zac Dalpe, Riley Nash, Lukas Sedlak


Seth Jones, Gabriel Carlsson, Dillon Simpson, Ryan Collins, Michael Prapavessis, Ryan Murray


J-F Berube, Joseph Raaymakers


**Some information derived from Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets media game notes



Jets at Browns exclusively Thursday Night on the NFL Network




Former Browns All-Pro OT Joe Thomas Makes His NFL Network Debut on ‘NFL GameDay Kickoff’

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, September 20 when the Cleveland Browns host rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium at 8:20 PM ET EXCLUSIVELY on NFL Network. Jets-Browns will also be available on local broadcast stations in New York (WNBC) and Cleveland (WOIO). Several digital streaming options are also available to fans, with full listing available at

Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman, along with sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink call the action from Cleveland. Additionally, FOX’s NFL Rules expert Mike Pereira joins to give explanations on officiating and rules throughout the game.

At 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff previews the Jets-Browns matchup from Cleveland, with host Colleen Wolfe and analysts Michael Irvin and Reggie Bush live from inside FirstEnergy Stadium. Outside the stadium, host Dan Hellie and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson join for additional coverage leading up to kickoff.

Former Browns All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Thomas makes his NFL Network debut, joining NFL GameDay Kickoff live from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Among the topics discussed this week on NFL GameDay Kickoff include:

  • When will fans see number one overall pick Baker Mayfield start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns?
  • Which version of New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will show up on Thursday Night Football – Week 1 or Week 2?
  • Which team is set to make the leap to playoff contender?

At halftime, Wolfe, Irvin, Bush and Thomas break down the first half. Immediately following the game, the postgame show airs from FirstEnergy Stadium, with Wolfe, Irvin, Bush and Thomas joined by a star of the game live on-set.

Additional postgame coverage continues at 12 Midnight ET from Los Angeles with Scott HansonLindsay RhodesWillie McGinest and David Carr on NFL Total Access. Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller joins the show to preview this week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The entire 18-game NFL Network schedule will also be streamed live through the NFL app on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices. Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers.

Additionally, fans can watch Thursday Night Football on their phones across all wireless carriers through the NFL app and Yahoo Sports. Learn all of the ways to watch at Audio broadcasts of the game are available via Westwood One Sports, SiriusXM and the TuneIn app.

This season of Thursday Night Football marks the premiere of a new digital series TNF Presents, which highlights the thriving passion and connection between NFL fans, teams and cities through short-form video features. The second episode of TNF Presents, “Alpha Dawgs,” features lifelong Browns fans Lisa Vinciquerra and Josie Brandt, who grew up watching the Browns through their ups and downs. Their love and loyalty to the Browns, combined with the belief that better days are soon to come, bonds Vinciquerra and Brandt together, and captures the commitment found in all Browns fans.

Each episode of TNF Presents is narrated by NFL Network’s Jeffri Chadiha and will be available for viewing Wednesday on the NFL app and at


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NFL Week 3 Preview




Week 2 was one for the history books, as high scores, close games and prolific passers around the league highlighted a thrilling week of NFL action.

Through the first two weeks of the season, there have been 174 total touchdowns scored, the most in NFL history through Week 2, and the 1,506 total points are the second-most in league annals (1,556 in 2012) through the first two weeks of a season.

2018 174 2012 1,556
2011 172   2018 1,506
2015 170   2011 1,502
2012 170   2015 1,488


Close games continue to be the norm in 2018, as 25 of the season’s 32 games (78.1 percent) through two weeks of the season have been within one score in the fourth quarter, tied for the third-most in NFL history through Week 2. Twenty-one games have been decided by eight or fewer points through Week 2, the third-most in league history through the first two weeks of a season. Nine teams, including four last week (Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans and Tennessee), have won or tied after trailing in the fourth quarter this season.

Last week, 17 of the league’s 32 starting quarterbacks (53.1 percent) recorded a passer rating of at least 100 and six passers completed at least 80 percent of their attempts (minimum 15 attempts), both the most in a single week in league history.

Three quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER (452 passing yards), Minnesota’s KIRK COUSINS (425) and Tampa Bay’s RYAN FITZPATRICK (402) – threw for at least 400 yards in Week 2. There have been six 400-yard passing performances in the first two weeks of the season, tied with the 2011 and 2013 seasons for the most 400-yard passers through the first two weeks of a season in league history. Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for at least 400 yards in each of the Buccaneers first two games of the season, looks to become the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards in three consecutive games.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw six touchdown passes against Pittsburgh last week and has 10 touchdown passes in two games this season, the most in NFL history by a quarterback in his team’s first two games of a season.

The 65 touchdown passes in Week 2 are tied for the most in a single week in league history (2015, Week 15) and the 8,385 net passing yards are the second-most in a single week in league annals (8,706 in Week 2, 2016).



2018 2 65   2016 2 8,706
2015 15 65   2018 2 8,385
2013 14 64   2015 12 8,287


Entering Week 3, league-wide passing numbers are on a historic pace, as the marks for completions (1,516), completion percentage (65.3 percent), touchdown passes (114) and passer rating (92.6) are all the highest in NFL history through the first two weeks of a season.

2018 1,516 2018 65.3 2018 114 2018 92.6
2013 1,489   2015 64.9 2013 111 2015 92.4


Seven teams enter Week 3 with a 2-0 record: CINCINNATI, DENVERJACKSONVILLEKANSAS CITY, the LOS ANGELES RAMSMIAMI and TAMPA BAY. Two teams from the NFC North– GREEN BAY and MINNESOTA – have a record of 1-0-1 after tying 29-29 at Lambeau Field last week. Five of the nine undefeated teams this season missed the 2017 postseason – Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay, Miami and Tampa Bay. Since 1990, when the current playoff format was adopted, 142 of the 228 teams (62.3 percent) to start 2-0 have qualified for the postseason.

Below are a few highlights of the Week 3 schedule, which features eight interconference matchups and two divisional contests:

Week 3 kicks off at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as the Browns host the New York Jets on Thursday, September 20 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network). Both the Jets and Browns look to rebound from close losses last week. Jets rookie quarterback SAM DARNOLD, who threw for 334 yards against Miami last week, became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) with at least 300 passing yards in a single game in Week 2,­­ surpassing the previous record held by JACKY LEE (21 years, 137 days old on November 25, 1960). Browns wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY has recorded at least five catches in 19 consecutive games, tied with LAVERANUES COLES for the second-longest streak in league annals.

Two first-year head coaches – Detroit’s MATT PATRICIA and Indianapolis’ FRANK REICH – ­­face their former teams as the Lions welcome the New England Patriots to Ford Field on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) and the Colts travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

The Chargers travel to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams (4:05 PM ET, CBS) in the first matchup between two teams from LA since November 13, 1994, when the Raiders defeated the Rams 20-17 at Anaheim Stadium.

Monday night’s Week 3 finale (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) features DE SEAN JACKSON and the Buccaneers hosting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers at Raymond James Stadium. Jackson, who leads the NFL with 275 receiving yards and had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Week 2, has 23 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE for the most such touchdowns in league history. Last week, Roethlisberger (51,852 career passing yards) surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for the seventh-most passing yards in NFL history.



(All times eastern)

Thursday, September 20 Sunday, September 23 (cont’d)
New York Jets at Cleveland, 8:20 PM (NFLN) Buffalo at Minnesota, 1:00 PM
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 23 Green Bay at Washington, 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Atlanta, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 PM
Denver at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Chicago at Arizona, 4:25 PM
Cincinnati at Carolina, 1:00 PM Dallas at Seattle, 4:25 PM
New York Giants at Houston, 1:00 PM New England at Detroit, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
San Francisco at Kansas City, 1:00 PM Monday, September 24
Oakland at Miami, 1:00 PM Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 8:15 PM (ESPN)


Blue Jackets can’t solve Sabres goaltenders in 4-1 loss to open preseason

The Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres just started preseason practices approximately 4 days ago and they played a game on Monday night,

In those days, there is intense conditioning and scrimmages to get the players up to game speed as quickly as possible. Thus, when the exhibition games start, the players might have heavily legs in the first game they play.

Monday night the two teams played at Nationwide Arena and it was obvious at times that the Blue Jackets looked a little slow at times. However, they did pepper Sabres goalies Linus Ullmark and Jonas Johansson with 37 shots, but had trouble getting the puck past both in a 4-1 loss. The Jackets overwhelmingly outshot Buffalo, 37-20.

Ullmark played the first two periods and stopped 20 saves of 21 shots while Johansson made 16 saves all in the third period.

The Jackets, whose power play was up and down all of last season, did not get off to a good start by going 0-for-5.

Buffalo scored three goals in the second period, all off of Brad Thiessen: Patrik Berglund, Nathan Beaulieu and Kyle Criscuolo. Andrew Oglevie scored the other Sabres goal in the third for a 4-1 lead.

The starting goalie for the Blue Jackets was Matiss Kivlenieks, who played well, stopping all 7 of the shots he faced. But he left the game after the first period with an injury to the lower body. Thiessen was not as good, allowing four goals on 13 shots.

The Jackets got their lone goal from defenseman David Savard at 6:39 of the second period with assists from Pierre-Luc Dubois and newly acquired Anthony Duclair, an obvious bright spot last night.

The 23-year-old Duclair, came to the Jackets via the free agent route this past offseason from the Chicago Blackhawks. The native of Canada, signed a one-way, one-year contract worth $650,000 with Columbus. He has also played for the New York Rangers and Arizona Coyotes. Last night, he played on the CBJ’s top scoring line.

Columbus does not get a breather for long. They will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 7 pm.




Linus Ullmark, (courtesy Buffalo Sabres)

Jonas Johansson (courtesy Buffalo Sabres)

Daily Almanac for Tuesday, September 18, 2018: Yom Kippur Begins!



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Yom Kippur 2018 begins at sunset on Tuesday, September 18 and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, September 19. This “Day of Atonement” is a very solemn day in the Jewish year that is devoted to fasting, prayer, and repentance. On Yom Kippur, people repeat a chant called the “Al Chet” (Chet is usually translated as “sin”). In the chant, the people list the ways in which they have fallen short over the past year and repent of these shortcomings.