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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.


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.

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


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



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).


* 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.


POSTGAME NOTES: Edmonton Oilers 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3


Mark Letestu scored his 10th goal for Columbus (file photo)

Rick Nash scored his 26th goal of the season on a penalty shot

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Edmonton with 5 second period goals dumps the Blue Jackets 6-3.

In a battle of the Western Conference and NHL’s worst teams, the loss assured the Blue Jackets that they’ll finish as the league’s 30th-place team.


Chris VandeVelde, center

Landislav Smid, defenseman

Tom Renney, head coach


Jack Johnson, defenseman

Derek Dorsett, right wing

* Attendance was 12,295 at Nationwide Arena.

* Blue Jackets had 6 penalties totaling 12 minutes.

* The Oilers accumulated 8 penalties for 16 minutes.

* Blue Jackets 1 for 5 on power play, while Oilers were 1 for 4.

* Blue Jackets put 32 shots on goal, the Oilers had 38.

* The penalty shot attempted by Rick Nash in the second period was the 25th in franchise history. The Blue Jackets have been successful on seven of those attempts. The last penalty shot goal scored was on March 25, 2010 against the Chicago Blackhawks by Jakub Voracek.

* Columbus is now 14-24-6 all-time vs. Edmonton, including 9-9-4 at Nationwide.

* The Blue Jackets scored the first goal of the game for the 35th time this season. The club is now 18-14-4 in those games, while going 13-3-1 when leading after the first period and 2-29-2 when trailing after two periods.

* Columbus allowed five goals in the second period Sunday afternoon, the most the team has allowed in one period at home in franchise history. It marks the third time this has happened (December 16, 2006 vs. Chicago, first period; October 23, 2001 vs. Los Angeles, first period.

* Goalie Allen York of the Blue Jackets made his sixth appearance of the season when he came in at the start of the 3rd period. He stopped all 10 of the shots he faced in 20 minutes of action.


Ryan Jones was the star for Edmonton with 3 points (NHL photo)

* 1. Ryan Jones, Edmonton left wing with 1 goal, 2 assists.

* 2. Rick Nash, CBJ left wing with a goal and an assist.

* 3. Ladislav Smid, Edmonton defenseman with 1 goal and 1 assist.

* Edmonton improves to 31-36-9 for 71 points overall. 13-21-4 on the road for 30 points.

* Columbus falls to 24-44-7 for 55 total points overall. 14-21-3 for 31 points at home.



Nash dominates Phoenix with two goals; Blue Jackets win 5-2


Rick Nash ( photo)

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash shows why he is so important to the team and franchise.

Nash was his old self with an outstanding performance on the ice, scoring two goals and an assist in leading Columbus to a 5-2 victory at Arena in Glendale.

The Jackets usually struggle against Phoenix, but are 2-0 against the Western Conference’s third-best team.

Columbus also has four straight wins against teams in a playoff spot or trying to earn one.

In 32 games career games against Phoenix, Nash has 33 points, including 17 goals.


* Rick Nash, RW, Blue Jackets, had his first three-point game of the season.

* Derick Brassard, C, Blue Jackets, scored a goal, had an assist and a plus-3 rating.

* Steve Mason, Goalie, Blue Jackets, made 30 saves and won back-to-back games for the first time since February 2011.


Info compiled from Columbus Blue Jackets & NHL news

Review: Columbus Blue Jackets 6 San Jose Sharks 3 on Columbus Zoo Night


Jungle Jack Hanna was on hand last night for Columbus Zoo night. (2006 photo by Philkon Phil Konstantin via wikipedia commons)

Columbus Zoo Night ( photo)


* Jeff Carter, CBJ center: Second hat trick of the season, fourth of career. He’s starting to play well since coming off injured reserve.

* R.J. Umberger, CBJ LW: Had his first Gordie Howe hat trick which is a goal, assist and a fight.

* Rick Nash, CBJ LW: Had plenty of hop-and-skip in his step with a goal and an assist.


* The Blue Jackets revived power-play has been on fire lately. They began the season 0-for-20 and had the worst in the league. Recently, by scoring their 11th power-play goal in the past nine games, has raised their percentage to 30.8 during that time and 20th in the league.

* The Blue Jackets, believe it or not, have the 3rd-most power plays in the NHL with 228.

* The hat trick by Jeff Carter was the second scored by Columbus this season and the 21st in franchise history. It was the 12th hat trick at Nationwide Arena and the first since Matt Calvert’s three goals on February 25, 2011 vs. Phoenix.

* Columbus is 12-for-39 on the power-play for 30.8 percent, the last nine games.

* The CBJ scored the first goal of the game for the 26th time this season and are 12-10-4 in those games.

* Columbus overall vs. San Jose Sharks is 14-26-4 all-time, 11-9-2 at Nationwide Arena.

* There were 14,625 fans in attendance last night.

* Center Antoine Vermette played in his 600th game of his NHL career last night by picking up an assist on David Savard’s goal.

*Center Jeff Carter played in his 500th game of his NHL career last night. It was his second hat trick the past 17 games, the other was December 22 at Nashville.

* Goalie Steve Mason earned his eighth win of the season. It was the 85th overall win of his CBJ career, setting a franchise record for goaltender wins. He was able to achieve the honor in 206 games and broke Marc Denis’ record of 84 wins which was earned in 266 games.

Since coming off injured reserve, Jeff Carter is playing like an All-Star ( photo)


Head Coach Todd McLellan


Goaltender Steve Mason

Interim head coach Todd Richards

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