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2014-15 Blue Jackets ready for another NHL Playoff run with yet another young team

The Columbus Blue Jackets have come a long way from the days of depending on superstar Rick Nash to carry them.

The past two seasons without Nash, the team has posted winning records of 24-17-7 for 55 points in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season where Blue Jackets just missed the playoffs via a tiebreaker against the Minnesota Wild, who had more non-shootout wins.  To 43-32-7 for 93 points and the playoffs in 2013-14.

The team has relied on several players to lead them to their winning ways: G Sergei Bobrovsky, F Artem Anisimov, F Cam Atkinson, F Matt Calvert, F Brandon Dubinsky, F Nick Foligno, F Boone Jenner, F Ryan Johansen and F Mark Letestu. On defense, the leaders include Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray, Dalton Prout, David Savard, Fedor Tyutin and James Wisniewski. So the days of relying on one superstar player is done and over with.

However, on the eve of training camp last week, the team was told by Johansen and his agent that they did not like the contract offers that were extended by the Blue Jackets. The Jackets have offered Johansen more money than what other top players are getting at his position.

The Blue Jackets organization is loaded with young talent. This year’s team may see some younger players added to the roster.

The winning ways started to happen when the CBJ signed  John Davidson and Jarmo Kekalainen who both had worked for the arch-rival St. Louis Blues to run the Hockey Operations as President and GM respectively.

Both Davidson and Kekalainen talked about the upcoming season of Blue Jackets hockey.

BLUE JACKETS MEDIA DAY PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO:

54,904 B John Davidson CBJ VP On money offered to Ryan Johansen 2014

54,905 John Davidson CBJ VP Is the team prepared to play without Ryan Johnansen 2014

54,910 A John Davidson CBJ VP On hockey players coming out of entry level contracts 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 A John Davidson CBJ VP On team having slow starts last 2 years 2014

54,910 B John Davidson CBJ VP On the team has other stars to lead way other than Ryan Johansen 2014

54,915 C Jarmo Kekalainen CBJ GM On what is expected in the CBJ camp do play better 2014

54,916 A John Davidson CBJ VP On the community talking Blue Jackets Hockey 2014

54,916 B John Davidson CBJ VP The business side of the CBJ is in a upswing with the team winning 2014

So far in the preseason, Columbus is 3-0 beating Carolina, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.





NHL TV Schedule for Saturday, April 26 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round

The National Hockey League has announced its updated starting time information for today’s games.

Game 5 of the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets has been set for 7:00 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. The game will be shown on the NBC Sports Network and CBC.

Game 5 for the series matchup involving the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild has been set to start at 9:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. MT tonight in Denver. The game will be seen on the NBC Sports Network and TSN.

Game 5 of the series between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks has been scheduled to start at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT tonight in San Jose. The game will be shown on CNBC and CBC.

Colorado Avalanche fire Sacco as coach after four seasons

Joe Sacco (courtesy Colorado Avalanche)

Black Monday usually happens the day after the final NHL regular-season games.

It’s the day when owners and general managers fire their coaches after a disappointing season.

Joe Sacco was fired on Sunday after the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Minnesota Wild 3-1 in their final game.

The Avs missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

Colorado, usually a playoff contender, never was able to get going in the 48-game season and finished last in the Western Conference at 16-25-7 for 39 points.

Sacco, in four seasons, had a record of 130-134-30. He leaves with one year on his contract.

A former NHL Right winger, Sacco played from 1990-2003 with Toronto, Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington and Philadelphia.

Blue Jackets regain their energy in dominating San Jose, 4-0

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,107 Matt Calvert CBJ LW Columbus’ energy level was there tonight no doubt

52,108 Matt Calvert CBJ LW How did the team gets his speed back to dominate the game tonight

52,109 Ryan Johansen CBJ center Columbus needed a win tonight and dominated play

52,115 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW Team went from no goals to 4 goals good win

52,116 Marian Gaborik CBJ RW He likes young Columbus team going in right direction

52,119 Todd Richards CBJ coach Adding Marian Gaborik to young team has been a huge factor

 

SAN JOSE SHARKS DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCES

52,095 Joe Thornton San Jose center On another blowout loss at Columbus, 2nd this season

52,096 Joe Thornton San Jose center Sharks 0-3 last 3 trips to Columbus. This was a step back for team

52,098 Joe Thornton San Jose center His thoughts on playing an improved Columbus season

52,099 Brad Stuart San Jose Defenseman Team not ready to face Columbus

52,104 Patrick Marleau San Jose center He has to get his game going, not scoring right now

Marian Gaborik has fit in nicely with young Blue Jackets team (photo by Sam Fahmi, courtesy Columbus Wired)

On Sunday night against the Minnesota Wild, a 3-0 loss, the Columbus Blue Jackets were scrambling all over the ice without any speed or energy and their NHL playoff hopes looked very dim.

But on Tuesday night, they regained their step and energy and routed for the second time this season, the San Jose Sharks, 4-0. The crowd of 17,771 at Nationwide Arena did not know what to expect after Sunday’s debacle, but they saw the CBJ win convincingly.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky turned the magic again and stopped all 30 shots, preserving his fourth shutout.

The goal scorers included James Wisniewski, Ryan Johansen, Matt Calvert and Marian Gaborik, providing Columbus to move closer to eighth-place Detroit in the Western Conference by two points.

The Jackets have played San Jose twice in Columbus this season and has won two games by an aggregate score of 10-2 (6-2, 4-0).

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

* Sergei Bobrovsky, Goalie, CBJ: Showed why he is up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender.

* Marian Gaborik, LW, CBJ: The team’s new Rick Nash scored a goal and an assist.

* Matt Calvert, LW, CBJ: Set the game’s tone with the first goal of the game using his speed.

 

Blue Jackets streak reaches four in 3-0 victory over Red Wings; earns first season series win over long-time nemesis

DETROIT RED WINGS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,925 Jonas Gustavsson Detroit goalie His first start was not too good

51,928 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Was the effort there against Columbus

51,930 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Were the penalties from a lack of energy

51,931 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW Tomorrow night at home vs CBJ what can you do better

 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM AUDIO

51,934 Jared Boll Columbus LW Red Wings players say they see a confidence in CBJ this season

51,935 Nick Foligno CBJ LW Columbus in control of game starting 3rd period vs. Detroit is rare

51,937 Nick Foligno CBJ LW The team has been starting games strong during win streak

51,940) Nick Foligno CBJ LW The young guys from the AHL farm team have been keys during win streak

COLUMBUS, O. — There was a time when the Columbus Blue Jackets probably never looked forward to playing the Detroit Red Wings.

Back in the early days of the franchise, the CBJ would play a good game, be in the game, be leading and somehow would lose due to bad luck, bad goaltending, bad defense or just not having a talented team to overcome one of the NHL’s all-time winningest franchises.

Cam Atkinson

But today, the Blue Jackets are a team on the rise. They’re scrappy, can play with anybody, has a very solid defenseman corps and the goaltending is on par with anybody.

On Saturday, they beat the Red Wings 3-0 in a game where they dominated from start to finish before a delighted crowd of 17,957 at Nationwide Arena. All of the Detroit fans, who always make the 250-mile trip, probably left the game thinking, the CBJ can’t be counted on for an easy win anymore.

Columbus did not play into overtime as they had the previous five games. ”It’s nice to play 60 minutes instead of 65,” Nick Foligno said with a laugh, to several reporters after the game.

The Red Wings usually have a very strong power play, but they’re 24th in the NHL at only 14.7 percent. However, on the road, their having all kinds of problems. going 0 for 36 after an 0-for-3 day yesterday.

According to a radio report after Saturday’s game, Detroit’s streak of ineptness on the road power play is the fourth-worst to start a season since 1987-88. The Minnesota Wild, who came into the NHL the same season as the Blue Jackets, in their inaugural season in 2000-2001, failed to score on their first 47 power plays. The Atlanta Thrashers were 0 for 42 in 2001-2 and the New York Rangers  in 1999-2000 were 0 for 39.

Jack Johnson

The Blue Jackets have beaten Detroit three straight games and has a 3-0-1 record this season and has earned points in every game for the first time ever in a season series.

Granted, the Blue Jackets were facing a backup goaltender in Jonas Gustavsson, but the Red Wings still have an explosive team on the ice in Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Jordin Tootoo, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen. They can score a bunch of goals at anytime, but they can be stopped and frustrated if you control the puck and that’s exactly what Columbus did. In fact, the CBJ won 64% of the faceoffs against a team that is tough to win a draw from.

But this is a Detroit team that no longer has the services of Nicklas Lidstrom, their long-time captain and defenseman who led the team on the ice, but he retired after last season. And the difference in the team’s defense has been very noticeable as the opposition are able to penetrate deep and beat their goalies on a consistent basis.

The Red Wings could not solve Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had who made 29 saves in his first career shutout.

The team received goals from Cam Atkinson, Jack Johnson and Foligno to garner 10 points in their last six games after getting 12 in their first 19.

Nick Foligno

The Blue Jackets are 9-12-4 with 22 points, good for 12th in the Western Conference.

COLUMBUS GAME NOTES

* Some of the Blue Jackets said they’re slowly getting used to the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. starting times this season. The Red Wings are more used to it due to playing in several nationally-televised games than most teams in the Western Conference.

* This year in the first period, the Blue Jackets, due to slow starts, are a minus-10. You would not have known by yeaterday’s game.

* Are 20-39-12 all-time vs. Detroit.

* The Blue Jackets are perfect on the penalty kill over the past eight games, stopping all 21 power plays they’ve encountered.

* Columbus hadn’t won four in a row since March 1-8, 2012.

* Prior to yesterday’s game, Columbus had not had any shots on goal on the power play in the previous four and did not on their first man advantage Saturday.

* Scratches for Saturday were C Artem Anisimov and D Cody Goloubef.

DETROIT RED WINGS

* Prior to Saturday’s game, had only given up only 3 goals in last 8 games.

* Were 5-1-1 in its previous five games.

* played without defensemen Kent Huskins and Ian White who were scratches.

* Detroit was without the services of C Valterri Filppula, with a bad shoulder for the sixth game in a row.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

 

 

 

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