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Columbus Blue Jackets make roster moves






COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, left wing Jakob Lilja and defenseman Andrew Peeke to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Kivlenieks, 23, is 1-0-1 with a 1.49 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in two games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He turned aside 31 shots in a 2-1 victory at the NY Rangers on January 19, becoming the second player in franchise history to win his NHL debut (Steve Mason).  The Riga, Latvia native is 9-7-2 with a 2.91 GAA, .903 SV% and one shutout in 18 games with the Monsters in 2019-20.  Signed by Columbus to an entry level contract on May 25, 2017, Kivlenieks has posted a 27-32-7 record, 3.22 GAA, .891 SV% and three shutouts in 75 career AHL appearances with Cleveland since making his professional debut in 2017-18.


Lilja, 26, made his NHL debut in the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 season opener on October 4 against Toronto and has recorded two goals and two assists for four points with two penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 27 appearances with the club.  He registered his first career NHL assist on October 16 vs. Dallas and his first career goal on December 27 at Washington.  The Malmo, Sweden native has added 4-5-9 in 18 games with the Monsters this season.  The winger, who signed a one-year entry level contract with Columbus on June 15, 2019, notched 48-51-99 with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating in 222 career Swedish Hockey League contests from 2012-19.


Peeke, 21, has registered 0-1-1 with two penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating in seven games with the Blue Jackets in 2019-20.  He made his NHL debut on December 5 vs. the NY Rangers and collected his first NHL point with an assist on December 16 vs. Washington.  A native of Parkland, Florida, he has added 5-11-16 with six penalty minutes and is +2 in 28 contests with Cleveland in this season.  Columbus’ second round pick, 34th overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft, he registered 12-40-52, 62 penalty minutes and a +20 plus/minus rating in 119 career outings at the University of Notre Dame (Big Ten) from 2016-19.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings.  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 starting at 6:30 p.m.  All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports app.  The game can also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 the Fan in Columbus, and online at


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




Blue Jackets, Merzlikins beat Bobrovsky for second time this season, 1-0 in overtime



Columbus: Z. Werenski (16)

Florida: None

E. Merzlikins (32 saves, W, SO)

Florida: S. Bobrovsky (44 saves, OTL)



  • Columbus extended its point streak to nine games (8-0-1) with the win.  It’s the club’s second-longest point streak this season (8-0-4; Dec. 9, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020).
  • The Blue Jackets have now won five-straight contests at Nationwide Arena and are 9-1-1 in their past 11 home games, outscoring opponents 35-14 over that span.
  • Columbus has picked up points in 14-straight games vs. Florida on home ice (13-0-1).
  • With the win, the Blue Jackets won the season series vs. the Panthers (2-1-0).  Columbus has won the past three season series between the two clubs and hasn’t lost a season series vs. the Panthers since 2007-08.
  • Columbus improved to 9-1-0 in its last 10 games vs. Florida overall and 14-2-1 at Nationwide Arena vs. the Panthers all-time.  The Jackets are 23-8-2 overall vs. the Panthers, with a .727 points pct. that is the club’s highest versus any NHL opponent.
  • It’s the fifth time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets have won a game 1-0 that required extra time.  Three of those games have been decided in overtime.  The last 1-0 final was Nov. 22, 2017 vs. Calgary with RW Josh Anderson scoring the overtime winner.
  • The Blue Jackets have won five-straight Tuesday affairs and have points in eight of the nine Tuesday games in the 2019-20 campaign (7-1-1).
  • Tonight was the third of four-straight games vs. Atlantic Division opponents for Columbus from Feb. 1-7.  The Blue Jackets have points in eight-straight vs. the division (6-0-2) and possess a 11-2-3 record against the division this season (16-3-3 since Feb. 22, 2019).
  • The Blue Jackets’ point streak vs. Eastern Conference opponents climbed to 17-straight games  with the win (13-0-4).  It’s tied for the 10th longest point streak against intraconference opponents since 1974-75 and the longest since the Boston Bruins had points in 18-straight games vs. the Eastern Conference from Dec. 16, 2017-Feb. 7, 2018 (16-0-3).
  • The result made it five-straight games for Columbus decided by a single goal.  The Blue Jackets have played a league-leading 33 one-goal contests (18-6-9).
  • Shots in the game favored, Columbus, 45-to-32.  The Blue Jackets 45 shots were their second-most in a game this season (12/5/19 vs. NYR, 47).
  • The Blue Jackets went 0-for-1 on the power play in the game.
  • Columbus went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the game, killing off a double-minor.  The Blue Jackets have killed off 27-of-29 penalties on home ice over their last 11 home games (93.1 pct.).  The club’s 93.1 pct. penalty kill rate at home since Dec. 16 leads the NHL.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a crowd of 17,811.



  • D Zach Werenski scored his second overtime winner of the season (Nov. 15 vs. STL) and fourth of his career.  It was his 16th goal of the season, tying the CBJ single-season record for goals by a defensemen that he and D Seth Jones set in 2017-18.  Werenski has 1-3-4 in his past six contests and 5-2-7 in his last five games vs. Florida.  His six shots in the game were tied for the CBJ lead.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins tied the league lead with his fourth shutout of the season with a 32-save effort.  His four shutouts all have come during his current seven-game win streak that began on Jan. 11 at Vegas.
  • D Seth Jones led all CBJ skaters with 26:13 TOI in the game.  He had three shots, two hits, three blocked shots and a takeaway in the contest.
  • C Boone Jenner, who also had six shots, won 12-of-20 faceoffs in the contest (60 pct.).
  • C Riley Nash won 8-of-12 faceoffs in the game (67 pct.).



Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Cam Atkinson | Nick Foligno | Boone Jenner | Elvis Merzlikins | Zach Werenski


Coach Joel Quenneville | Sergei Bobrovsky | Mike Hoffman



Friday, February 7 vs. Detroit Red Wings – 7 pm ET at Nationwide Arena




Blue Jackets look strong in 4-3 win at Montreal; Dubois has 3-point game as Columbus pushes point streak to eight

The Blue Jackets improved to 17-2-5 in their last 24 games with a 4-3 victory at Montreal in Centre Bell on Super Bowl Sunday.

CBJ Notables

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and added an assist for his second three-point game in the last three contest. In a four-game point streak, he has a 2-6-8 line, and Dubois has 24 points (7-17-24) in his last 22 games.
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand ran his point streak to eight games with an assist, as the Danish winger has a 10-3-13 line in that span.
  • Elvis Merzlikins was again solid, improving to 10-2-0 in his last 12 starts with 27 saves. He has won six starts in a row.

Montreal had a 30-27 edge in shots on goal. … With his two goals, Dubois tied Bjorkstrand for the team lead with 17. … The Blue Jackets had allowed the first goal in three straight games. … The Blue Jackets had 24 blocked shots as a team. Markus Nutivaara had six — five in the second period alone — while David Savard added seven blocked shots and Gavrikov five. … Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play. … In his last 12 games, Merzlikins has a .947 save percentage and has allowed just 21 goals. … Boone Jenner won 11 of 14 faceoffs he took. … It was the 32nd one-goal game of the year for Columbus, which is 17-6-9 in such contests.

Roster Report

Columbus returned winger Sonny Milano to the lineup in place of Jakob Lilja, who was scratched along with defenseman Andrew Peeke and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. In addition, Wennberg suffered an upper body injury and left the game.





Blue Jackets get point, despite overtime loss to Buffalo Sabres, 2-1

The Blue Jackets lost a 2-1 game in overtime at Buffalo in the first game after the All-Star break on Saturday afternoon at the KeyBank Center.

CBJ Notables

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a goal, extending his streak to four straight games with a tally. He has seven goals in that span and 10 in his last seven games.
  • Matiss Kivlenieks made his second NHL start and the rookie from Latvia made 22 saves.

Bjorkstrand now leads the team with 17 goals and has tallies in three straight games vs. Buffalo. … Dubois has a 5-16-21 line in his last 21 games. … Columbus played its 15th overtime game this year, dropping to 6-9 when the game goes past 60 minutes. The Blue Jackets are 6-7 in 3-on-3 OT and 0-2 in shootouts. … The Blue Jackets did not give up a power play for the fifth time this year and second time in three games. … Buffalo has won just 13 times in 34 games all-time against the Blue Jackets. … The Blue Jackets recognized the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant by sending just No. 8 and No. 24, Zach Werenski and Nathan Gerbe, to the blue line for singing of the national anthems.

Roster Report

Columbus kept the same 18 skaters as it has in recent games. Health scratches were Sonny Milano and Andrew Peeke, while injured goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forward Josh Anderson did make the trip but did not play.





Wright State Raiders getting ready for 4-game homestand starting Thursday










The Horizon League-leading Wright State men’s basketball team returns home to the Nutter Center for its final four home games of the regular season, beginning on Thursday night.

The Raiders (19-5 overall, 9-2 HL) host Detroit Mercy to open the homestand at 7 p.m. on Thursday before welcoming in Oakland on Saturday night, also at 7 p.m., to end the week. Wright State then gets ready for UIC next Friday, February 14 in what will be a 9 p.m. tipoff in front of the national audience on ESPN2 before Senior Day on February 16 (2 p.m.) against IUPUI.

Tickets for all four games can be purchased via this link.

Wright State has a 10-2 record at home and has won seven straight contests inside the Nutter Center this season. Detroit Mercy begins this week 6-17 overall and 4-6 in HL play, while Oakland is currently at 3-7 in the Horizon and is 8-15 overall. UIC sits at 11-13 (6-5 HL) to start the week and IUPUI is 6-18 overall and 2-9 in league action.

Thursday’s game against Detroit Mercy will be a White Out with the first 4,000 fans receiving t-shirts, while Saturday’s contest against Oakland will be the All Sport Raider Reunion as we welcome back our former student-athletes and recognize members of the men’s and women’s basketball 1,000-point club. Next Friday against UIC will be a Black Out with the first 4,000 fans receiving t-shirts.



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