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Foudy makes debut, Jackets get point in 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay




Columbus: O. Bjorkstrand (18)

Tampa Bay: N. Kucherov (26), N. Kucherov (27)

E. Merzlikins (28 saves, OTL)

Tampa Bay: C. McElhinney (31 saves, OTW)



  • Columbus secured a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.  The Blue Jackets have managed to pick up points in 11 of their last 12 contests (9-1-2).
  • The Blue Jackets finished their season-long four-game homestand with five points. (2-1-1).
  • It was the 17th time Columbus played beyond regulation this season, as the Jackets fell to 7-8 in 3-on-3 overtime in 2019-20.
  • The result provides another one-goal decision to the Blue Jackets’ league-leading 35 one-goal games this campaign.
  • Columbus has allowed two goals or less in 10 of its last 12 games of the season.
  • Tonight was the first meeting between Columbus and Tampa Bay since the Blue Jackets swept the Lightning in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring.  The two clubs will face off again on Mar. 27 in Tampa and Apr. 2 in Ohio in the Jackets’ final home game of the season.
  • Tonight saw the top two teams in the NHL since Dec. 9 face off against each other.  No two teams in the league have collected more points than Columbus (19-3-6, 44 pts.) and Tampa Bay (22-5-2, 46 pts.) over the past two months.
  • Columbus has now collected points in 10-straight games against the Atlantic Division (7-0-3) and is 12-2-4 against the division in 2019-20.  The Blue Jackets are 17-3-4 versus Atlantic opponents since Feb. 22, 2019.
  • The Blue Jackets continued their lengthy point streak vs. Eastern Conference teams, pushing it to 19-straight outings (14-0-5).  The streak is tied for the fifth longest intra-conference point streak in a single season in the NHL since 1974-75.
  • Columbus has picked up at least a point in all eight Monday games that the club has played this season (7-0-1).
  • The Blue Jackets outshot the Lightning 32-to-30 in the contest.
  • Columbus finished 0-for-3 on the power play in the game.
  • The Blue Jackets were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in the contest.  Columbus has not surrendered a power play goal in six-straight games (11-for-11).
  • The Jackets have killed off 34 of their last 36 penalties taken on home ice (94.4 pct.).
  • CBJ outhit Tampa Bay 38-to-23 in the game.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a crowd of 17,131.



  • G Elvis Merzlikins made his 24th start of the season, making 28 saves in the overtime loss.  Earlier today, he was named the NHL First Star of the Week (Feb. 3-9) after going 2-1-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts over three starts.  He is now 8-1-1 in his last 10 games.
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season to tie the game at one early in the second period.  He now has seven goals in his past eight games and 11-3-14 over his last 12 contests.
  • C Pierre-Luc Dubois picked up the primary assist on Bjorkstrand’s goal for his team-leading 26th assist of the season.  He has 2-7-9 in his past eight contests.  Since Dec. 14, he is playing at just below a point-per game pace with 7-18-25 and a plus-17 rating in 26 contests.
  • RW Emil Bemstrom generated his ninth assist of the season on the Jackets’ second period goal. His 14 points (5-9-14) on the season lead all CBJ rookies.
  • D Zach Werenski led all CBJ skaters in shots (five) and time on ice (24:16).
  • LW Liam Foudy had two shots and a hit on 10:23 of ice time in his NHL debut.



Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Liam Foudy | David Savard | Zach Werenski


Coach Jon Cooper | Alex Killorn | Nikita Kucherov | Luke Schenn



Thursday, February 13 at Buffalo Sabres – 7 pm ET at KeyBank Center



Jackets assign Carlsson to Cleveland, Foudy to London, Ontario

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters and center Liam Foudy to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight.

Carlsson, 23, has collected three assists and eight penalty minutes in 23 career NHL games with Columbus, including two penalty minutes in six appearances this season.  Selected by the club in the first round, 29th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, he made his NHL debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign before finishing +1 in five games vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  The Orebro, Sweden native has registered 5-24-29, 44 penalty minutes and a cumulative +8 plus/minus rating in 142 career AHL games with Cleveland, including 1-10-11, 14 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 39 games this season.

Foudy, 20, made his NHL debut tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, finishing with two shots and a hit on 10:23 of ice time.  The 6-2, 182-pound forward has added 20-23-43, 18 penalty minutes and is +30 in 32 games with London this season, serving as one of the club’s co-captains.  In 217 career OHL games, he has racked up 89-77-166, 91 penalty minutes and a cumulative +68 plus/minus rating since 2016.  A native of Scarborough, Ontario, he has represented Canada at several international competitions, including this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, where he picked up 3-1-4 in seven games and helped Canada capture the gold medal.  He was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 18th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Thursday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.  Game time from KeyBank Center is 7 p.m.  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 send Ryan MacInnis to Cleveland Monsters

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Ryan MacInnis to the Cleveland Monsters, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.


MacInnis, 23, has registered an assist and a +1 plus/minus rating with 12 shots on goal in nine contests with the Blue Jackets this season.  He made his NHL debut on December 21 vs. New Jersey and collected his first career assist two games later on December 27 at Washington.  The 6-4, 200-pound center has added 6-16-22, 20 penalty minutes and is +8 in 36 contests with the Monsters in 2019-20.


The St. Louis, Missouri native has recorded 24-53-77 and 131 penalty minutes in 236 career AHL games with the Monsters, Tucson Roadrunners and Springfield Falcons since making his pro debut in 2015-16.  He was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft and was acquired by the Blue Jackets via trade on July 18, 2018.


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