Goalie Spencer Martin comes back to haunt Blue Jackets in 4-2 win; Team released him in January

By Joe Coopersmith

Spencer Martin, Carolina Hurricanes goalie, saves a shot by CBJ’s Boone Jenner, 2 29 2024 (courtesy IMAGN, photo by Russell LaBounty, USA Today Sports)


  • The Blue Jackets fell to 3-4-0 in the past seven games following tonight’s loss to the Hurricanes.
  • The winning team in the series has scored four-plus goals in eight of the past nine meetings dating back to Oct. 23, 2022.
  • With D Zach Werenski’s assist tonight, CBJ blueliners have now recorded 11-29-40 in the last 20 games and 24-106-130 in 59 games this season.
  • The Blue Jackets blocked 22 shots tonight and have now been credited with 827 blocked shots over the past 48 games dating back to Nov. 6 and have registered 1,036 blocked shots this season.
  • Columbus recorded 22 shots on goal tonight and has now registered 296 shots on goal over the last nine contests (32.9 avg.).
  • The Jackets completed their ninth of 13 back-to-back sets of the campaign, failing to record points in either game for just the second time this season (Nov. 18 at WSH/Nov. 19 at PHI).
  • CBJ played their 11th of 16 Thursday games this season.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a sellout crowd of 18,390, marking the 11th sellout in the past 13 games at Nationwide Arena dating back to December 16.



  • LW Alexander Nylander notched his first point (assist) and goal as a Blue Jacket and of the season (overall, 1-1-2 in eight GP).  It was his his ninth career multi-point game (MR: 1-1-2 with CHI on Mar. 11, 2020 vs. SJS).
  • Cole Sillinger scored a goal in his second consecutive game (2-0-2) and now has 10-12-22 in 54 appearances this season. With 29-35-64 in 197 career games, he moved into a tie with Dan Fritsche for the second-most goals scored among Ohio-born players playing for Columbus.  The only player with more is Jack Roslovic (49).
  • Zach Werenski registered an assist to give him points in six of his past 10 contests (3-4-7) and eight of his past 13 (3-6-9).  With 4-30-34 in 47 appearances this season, he has recorded his fourth career 30-assist campaign (MR: career-high 37 in 2021-22).  He improved to 4-5-9 in 25 career games vs. the Hurricanes, including points in three of his past four home contests against the club (2-1-3).
  • Jack Roslovic recorded an assist and has now collected assists in five of his last seven games (1-6-7) and points in six of the past eight contests (2-6-8; overall, 4-14-18 in 36 GP).
  • Boone Jenner tallied an assist, giving him 5-4-9 in the last nine outings and 18-9-27 in 44 games this season.  He improved to 7-11-18 in 39 career contests vs. Carolina, including points in three of his last four home games against the club (1-2-3).


HC Pascal Vincent | D Erik Gudbranson | F Alex Nylander | F Cole Sillinger



HC Rod Brind’Amour | G Spencer Martin | D Brady Skjei