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Blue Jackets' Kevin Stenlund: Descends to AHL
The Blue Jackets assigned Stenlund to AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Stenlund suited up for his first four NHL games in this stint, averaging 10:57 TOI and firing three shots on goal. The Blue Jackets don't play again until Tuesday versus the Sabres, and he could be recalled for that outing as a reserve option since the team has only 12 healthy forwards at the time.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Provides only offense in loss
Panarin scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Wild.
His tally early in the second period got the jackets within a goal, but the team couldn't solve Devan Dubnyk after that. Panarin now has a scintillating 10 goals and 19 points in his last 14 games, and Columbus has to hope he doesn't cool down over the All-Star break -- the team won't play again until Jan. 29.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Takes tough loss
Bobrovsky turned aside 29 of 31 shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Wild.
Minnesota scored twice in 89 seconds late in the first period, and while Bobrovsky had things under control after that, the Columbus offense couldn't climb out of the hole. It's still the netminder's best performance since he shut out the Devils just before Christmas, and he'll at least take some momentum into the All-Star break with the Jackets off until Jan. 29.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky: Deemed Saturday's starter
Bobrovsky will start between the pipes Saturday against the Wild in Minneapolis, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
After getting into a bit of a spat with the coaching staff, Bobrovsky has made his way back into the team's good graces. He's really struggled in the crease recently, allowing at least three goals in each of his last six starts. The veteran netminder will look to bust out of the funk Saturday against a Wild team averaging just 2.22 goals per game in January.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Alexander Wennberg: Struggles continue
Wennberg failed to record a point for the sixth straight game in Friday's loss to the Canadiens.
The 24-year-old center just can't get anything going this season. Wennberg has only five points -- all helpers -- in 22 games since the beginning of December despite averaging 2:04 with the man advantage during that stretch. Even that source of potential offense has started to dry up, as he's seen more than two minutes of power-play time only once in his last 11 contests. The promise he showed in 2016-17, when he scored a career-high 13 goals and 59 points, seems to be slipping away, but the club won't give up too quickly on the 2013 first-round pick.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Anthony Duclair: Stuck in press box Friday
Duclair was a healthy scratch for Friday's loss to the Canadiens.
It's been about a month since Duclair last found himself in street clothes, and given that the winger managed only two goals and three points in 14 games in between those scratches, it's a wonder John Tortorella didn't do it sooner. The Jackets are giving Kevin Stenlund a look right now, although the rookie has yet to score a point in four games, so Duclair might have to wait until that experiment has run its course to regain his bottom-six role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand: Lights lamp in loss
Bjorkstrand scored his seventh goal of the season in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
The 23-year-old winger has had a tough time making an impact this season, consistently skating in a bottom-six role, but Bjorkstrand has still eked out four goals and six points over the last 12 games after being nearly invisible through the first two-plus months of the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Winning streak snapped by Habs
Korpisalo stopped 22 of 25 shots in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.
Montreal's final goal came into an empty net. Korpisalo fell back to earth after winning three straight starts, and the 24-year-old backup to Sergei Bobrovsky now has a 2.95 GAA and .901 save percentage on the season despite a superficially impressive 9-3-2 record.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Taking on Canadiens
Korpisalo will start between the pipes in Friday's home game against Montreal, Blue Jackets reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Korpisalo has been fantastic recently, picking up three consecutive victories while posting a fantastic 1.62 GAA and .949 save percentage over that span. The Finnish netminder will look to stay sharp and secure his 10th win of the season in a home matchup with a hot Canadiens club that's won three consecutive contests.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky: Expected to dress versus Montreal
Dubinsky (hamstring) should be in the lineup Friday versus the Canadiens, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
After missing the past four games, Dubinsky is no longer on injured reserve and thus expected to play Friday at home versus the Canadiens. In 32 games this season, he has scored only four goals and tallied six assists, all while averaging a career-low 12:48 of ice time per game.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois: Keeps producing at high level
Dubois finished Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Devils with a pair of points.
Dubois assisted on Cam Atkinson's opening goal and added a power-play marker of his own early in the second period. The 20-year-old is three goals away from posting back-to-back 20-goal seasons to open up his NHL career and sits third on the Blue Jackets with 42 points this season. The two-point performance extended Dubois' point streak to four games, and he now has five points over that stretch of contests. He also led his team with five shots on goal versus New Jersey.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson: Goals in three straight
Atkinson scored his team-leading 27th goal of the season and also had an assist in Tuesday's 5-1 win over New Jersey.
Atkinson now has six points over his last four games. He leads his team in goals and is second in points with 48, trailing only Artemi Panarin (who has 52). A big part of Atkinson's success this season has been his ability to convert on scoring chances, as the forward currently sports a shooting percentage of 15.3, nearly five points over his career mark of 10.9. So long as the 29-year-old stays healthy, it appears inevitable that Atkinson's 2018-19 season will go down as his best to date.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Picks up two points in win
Panarin scored a goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's 4-1 win over New Jersey.
Make it four straight games with a goal for Panarin. His snipe Tuesday gave the Blue Jackets a three-goal lead late in the first, in what was a one-sided affair from start to finish. As for Panarin, the winger has recorded points in 11 of the last 12 games (18 points overall). Next up is a date with the Canadiens on Friday, and Panarin, in seven career games versus Montreal, has only managed a single goal and four points.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Silences Devils at home
Korpisalo allowed a single goal on 30 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Devils.
Korpisalo improves his record to 9-2-2 with a 2.94 GAA and .902 save percentage. Considering where the Blue Jackets stand with Sergei Bobrovsky, Korpisalo could in line for more work moving forward. He has won his last four starts and could be tabbed to start Columbus' next game versus the Canadiens on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo: Divisional clash on tap
Korpisalo will start in goal Tuesday evening against the visiting Devils, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Korpisalo has already matched his win total (eight) from the 2017-18 campaign and he's halfway toward meeting the career-high mark he set as a rookie in 2015-16. His last start unarguably was his best of the year, as he set aside 32 of 33 shots in a win over the Capitals in D.C. on Saturday. Korpisalo will now take on a New Jersey team that's won six of the past 10 games but still sits four spots below the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division standings.... See More ... See Less