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Blue Jackets' Spencer Martin: Starting Sunday
Martin will guard the road net Sunday against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Martin was sharp in his last outing, turning aside 31 shots in a 5-2 win over the Bruins. The 28-year-old netminder is 2-5-1 with a .903 save percentage this season. Martin will face Boston again Sunday, who are coming off a 4-3 overtime win versus Toronto on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Placed on LTIR and sent to AHL
Tarasov (knee) was placed on long-term injured reserve on Saturday and sent to AHL Cleveland on a conditioning stint.
Tarasov has yet to play this season after going into training camp with a knee problem. Tarasov should get in plenty of playing time at Cleveland over the next eight days, as the Monsters play five times. Tarasov could replace Spencer Martin as the backup goaltender behind Elvis Merzlikins upon his return to the Columbus lineup.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Generates two power-play assists
Werenski notched a pair of power-play assists, three shots on goal, three blocked shots and two PIM in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Werenski racked up 10 assists over his last 11 games in November and has kept the playmaking train rolling in December. The 26-year-old defenseman is up to 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) through 23 outings this season. While he's maintained a spot on the Blue Jackets' top power-play unit, Friday's effort tripled his man-advantage production on the year to three helpers.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau: Collects pair of power-play helpers
Gaudreau notched two power-play assists and two shots on goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Gaudreau helped out on goals by Patrik Laine and Boone Jenner. Two of Gaudreau's three multi-point efforts this season have come over the last four games, though he's gone scoreless over the other two contests in that span. The winger is up to three tallies, 10 assists, 56 shots on net and a minus-3 rating through 25 outings overall. Friday's effort also doubled his power-play points to four on the year, all of which have been assists.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Adam Fantilli: Finds twine Friday
Fantilli scored a goal on two shots, blocked three shots and added two PIM in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Fantilli's second-period tally stood as the game-winner. The 19-year-old had been stuck in a rut recently, finishing November with just one assist and a minus-8 rating over his last nine games. Hot and cold stretches are bound to happen for a player that was just drafted in June. Fantilli has done fairly well with 11 points, 63 shots on net, 18 hits, 12 blocked shots and a minus-11 rating through 25 contests in a middle-six role so far.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Dmitri Voronkov: Deposits goal Friday
Voronkov scored a goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Voronkov saw a meager 8:56 of ice time Friday, his lowest mark since Oct. 28. The 23-year-old made the most of his limited chances, tying the game at 2-2 in the first period. He's scored three times and added an assist over his last six games. For the season, the rookie forward has five tallies, seven helpers, 23 shots on net, 17 hits, 19 PIM and a plus-4 rating while filling a bottom-six role through 19 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine: Sparks comeback
Laine scored a power-play goal on two shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Laine's goal at 14:53 of the first period set the Blue Jackets on the comeback trail after they fell in an early 2-0 hole. This was the third time in six games he's scored -- the winger has responded well to his healthy scratch Nov. 19 even though his ice time has remained limited. He saw just 12:40 of ice time Friday, the third time in his last six games he's been under 15 minutes. For the season, Laine has five goals, two helpers, 35 shots on net, 13 blocked shots and a minus-9 rating through 15 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner: Scores power-play marker
Jenner scored a power-play goal on two shots and added three hits in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Jenner had four goals over three games from Nov. 19-24, but he then went three contests without a goal. The 30-year-old continues to surprise with 12 goals, five assists, 70 shots on net, 35 hits, 32 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating through 25 outings. Jenner's shooting 17.1 percent this season, a mark that's likely to come down eventually, but he continues to be one of the Blue Jackets' most trusted forwards in all situations.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Strong in win
Merzlikins stopped 41 of 43 shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Merzlikins had lost each of his last two outings, but he was able to bounce back after allowing two early goals to the Senators in this one. The 29-year-old has faced 40-plus shots four times this season, and Friday was the first time he'd picked up a win while doing so. He's now at a 6-8-3 record with a 3.04 GAA and a .911 save percentage through 18 starts this season. The Blue Jackets' next game is a tough one Sunday in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Practices on top line
Johnson practiced on the top line during Thursday's practice, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Johnson was called up Thursday after Wednesday's disappointing loss in Montreal. Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent put his lines in a blender and came up with Johnson in a top-six role upon his return to Columbus following an impressive five goals and 15 points in 10 games at AHL Cleveland. Columbus desperately needs offense, and Johnson could deliver. Vincent added that the team doesn't want Johnson yo-yoing between the NHL and AHL, indicating he's here to stay.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Out Friday
Sillinger (upper body) will not suit up Friday against the Senators, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Sillinger was injured Wednesday against Montreal and will now miss at least one game as a result. The team has not yet given a timeline on when he's expected to return. The 20-year-old has nine points in 24 games this season, including four in his last seven appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Expected to start Friday
Merzlikins was the first goaltender off the ice at morning practice, indicating he will patrol the home crease versus Ottawa on Friday, according to Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.
It will be a battle of friends as Merzlikins will face his former teammate of four seasons, Joonas Korpisalo. Merzlikins is 5-8-3 with a 3.11 GAA and .907 save percentage, a huge improvement over last season when he went 7-18-2 with a 4.23 GAA and .876 save percentage. Ottawa should fire plenty of pucks at Merzlikins, as they are averaging 32.1 shots per game, ninth-best in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Dealing with upper-body injury
Sillinger suffered a upper-body injury Wednesday versus Montreal and is considered day-to-day, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Sillinger is questionable for Friday's tilt versus Ottawa. He has a goal and nine points in 24 games. The 20-year-old had a very good rookie season in 2021-22 when he managed 16 goals and 31 points in 75 contests, but he slumped mightily last year, picking up three goals and 11 points in 64 NHL outings.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Not practicing Thursday
Per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site, Sillinger (undisclosed) is not at practice Thursday.
Sillinger was apparently injured during Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Montreal. Sillinger has a goal and nine points in 24 games. The Blue Jackets recalled Kent Johnson from AHL Cleveland and he could get into the lineup Friday versus Ottawa should Sillinger be unable to go. Consider Sillinger day-to-day.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Ascends to top level
Johnson was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
Johnson seemed lost when he was sent to the minors Nov. 4, as he had only a goal and two assists in eight games. It seems the trip to the minors did wonders for the fifth overall pick in the 2021 Draft, as Johnson had five goals and 15 points in 10 games with the Monsters. The Blue Jackets are in dire need of scoring as they sit 24th in NHL scoring. Look for Johnson to get a top-nine role at this time and expect to see him as a top-six forward in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Damon Severson: Placed on injured reserve
Severson (oblique) was put on injured reserve Thursday.
Severson is expected to miss another five weeks of action after he was injured Nov. 19 versus the Flyers. Severson has three goals, five assists, 21 shots on goal and 35 blocked shots in 19 games this season. A return in early January is likely for the 29-year-old blueliner.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine: Lights lamp in loss
Laine scored his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.
He opened the scoring early in the second period with a brilliant individual effort, stealing the puck in the Columbus zone and catching Montreal on a line change as he raced down the ice for a near-breakaway on Sam Montembeault. Moments of electricity like that have been few and far between for Laine to begin the season, in part because of an upper-body injury that cost him three weeks of action. However, in five games since he was made a healthy scratch by coach Pascal Vincent, he's responded with two goals and three points. Laine's upside as a goal-scorer will keep him in a prominent lineup spot as long as he keeps making an impact, and the 25-year-old could catch fire at any time.... See More ... See Less
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