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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McElhinney (head, neck) is feeling better and is expected to rejoin the team later this week, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: McElhinney suffered a head injury and was placed on injured reserve on Sunday. As a result, he won't be able to return until the end of the weekend at the earliest, but it's an encouraging sign that he's feeling better. He should travel with the club on their upcoming three-game trip to California beginning Thursday.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Milano (face) is scheduled to make his debut with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL on Friday.
Impact: The 18-year-old suffered multiple facial fractures during the NHL Prospects Tournament in September, but he's been making steady progress and will join the Jackets' junior-level affiliate in time for Friday's game. Milano was the 16th overall pick in this year's entry draft.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets fear that Horton (back) will not be able to suit up in 2014-15, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Horton, who was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the regular season, has been diagnosed with a degeneration of the entire lumbar region of his spine, a serious condition that could spell the end of his career. The Blue Jackets are still viewing surgery as a last resort for Horton, but there's growing concern the forward may never skate for Columbus -- or any other team -- again. He'll continue to rest up for several weeks before a decision is made on his next course of action.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Curtis McElhinney on injured reserve and added Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Impact: The 21-year-old Forsberg, the Blue Jackets' sixth pick in the 2011 draft, is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in three games with Springfield this season. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in seven career AHL games since making his North American professional debut with the Falcons late in the 2013-14 season.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets called up Forsberg on an emergency basis from AHL Springfield on Sunday.
Impact: Forsberg was called up to get another goalie on the roster with fellow goaltender Curtis McElhinney (upper body) landing on injured reserve. He will serve as the backup behind starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets placed McElhinney on injured reserve Sunday with an upper body injury.
Impact: McElhinney will be out at least another week with a head injury suffered in Saturday's game, so the Blue Jackets placed him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot. Anton Forsberg was called up on an emergency basis from AHL Springfield to take McElhinney's place on the roster.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday night.
Impact: Foligno is sizzling with seven points.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed McElhinney on injured reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Impact: McElhinney, the backup to top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered an upper body injury in Saturday's game at Ottawa and is expected to miss at least one week.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Forsberg will be recalled by Columbus, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old goalie will be called up due to an apparent head injury to backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. Forsberg has played in three games this season for AHL Springfield, posting a 1-2-0 record and .921 save percentage.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky made an appearance Saturday against the Senators in relief of starter Curtis McElhinney, who suffered a head injury. The Russian netminder stopped 17 of 18 shot attempts but took the loss on the evening.
Impact: The Blue Jackets planned to rest Bobrovsky on Saturday after he was in goal against the Flames a night earlier, but McElhinney's injury forced him to man the crease for roughly half the game. There's whispers that McElhinney may have sustained a concussion and could miss multiple games, a scenario which would likely result in Anton Forsberg getting the call to Columbus. Regardless of who slots in as the backup, Bobrovsky is bound to see a substantial workload in goal.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erixon picked up his first point of the season on Saturday, an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: He hasn't looked out of place so far on the Blue Jackets' blue line, but with Ryan Murray (knee) nearing his return to the lineup Erixon may be headed to the press box soon.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savard scored his first goal of the season during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: He's off to a bit of a rough start on the defensive end, racking up a quick minus-4 through five games, but Savard's seeing regular time as part of the Jackets' second power play unit and should easily be able to top last season's career bests of five goals and 15 points.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards didn't dismiss the suggestion that McElhinney suffered a head injury or concussion during Saturday's game, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "I'm careful about saying that right now, but obviously he got hit," Richards said. "He was bent over, and Nicky [Foligno] comes sliding into him full-speed."
Impact: Should McElhinney be sidelined for any length of time, Anton Forsberg would likely be recalled from AHL Springfield to back up Sergei Bobrovsky.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen's point streak now stands at five games and seven points after he picked up an assist in Saturday's loss to Ottawa.
Impact: Hmmmm ... does Columbus actually have a star? You bet they do. Johansen is showing that last year was no fluke. Take advantage. #hotinohio
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno's strong start to the season continued Saturday night when he picked up a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 loss to Ottawa. He now has picked up at least one point in each of Columbus' five games this season.
Impact: He was credited with the goal -- it actually went in off the skate of a Sens player -- but a goal is a goal. He now has two goals and five assists in those five games. Take advantage -- this could be a career year.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McElhinney left Saturday's game against Ottawa with an undisclosed injury, the Columbus Dispatch's Shawn Mitchell reports.
Impact: McElhinney was hurt on a strange play in which Nick Foligno accidentally crashed his own goal and left McElhinney down on the ice on all fours. He was down for quite a while before eventually skating off on his own. The extent of the injury is unknown, but Sergei Bobrovksy will finish this one out for Columbus. McElhinney allowed two goals (including one on the play he was injured) on 16 shots before departing.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 31 shots in Friday's win over Calgary.
Impact: Bobrovsky is off to a terrific start this season, recording a 3-1-0 record to go with a .929 save percentage and 2.01 GAA. With the Blue Jackets on the rise, it's fair to assume Bobrovsky could surpass the career-high 32 wins he recorded in 2013-14.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dano (undisclosed) is not expected to play Saturday against the Senators, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Dano remained on the ice for further activity after the Columbus regulars departed from Saturday's morning skate, suggesting the young forward won't be making a return to the lineup just yet. He'll give way to Jack Skille on the third line for the second consecutive night.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Calvert had a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 win over Calgary.
Impact: Calvert's two points were his first of the season. He finished with 24 in 56 games last year.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Letestu notched a pair of assists in Friday's 3-2 win over Calgary.
Impact: Letestu's two points were his first of the season. He doesn't have much fantasy value despite Friday's solid showing.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 29 saves in Friday's 3-2 win over Calgary.
Impact: Bobrovsky is off to a hot start, going 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA in the early going.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) will not return to action Saturday against the Senators, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Murray is apparently close to receiving clearance to return to action, but he'll have to get in a few more practices before he's activated from injured reserve. The Blue Jackets acknowledged that it's possible Murray could return at some point during the team's California trip, perhaps as soon as next Thursday versus the Sharks.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen scored a power-play goal in Friday's 3-2 win over the Flames.
Impact: He now has six points (three goals, three assists) with six shots on goal and four hits through the Jackets' first four games, while winning 60 percent (45-for-75) of his faceoffs. Johansen is making the rest of the NHL look silly for wasting their time with training camp.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Marko Dano (undisclosed) sidelined, Tropp saw his first action of the season Friday and picked up a fighting major in 7:17 of ice time.
Impact: Dano could be back for Saturday's game in Ottawa, but even if he isn't, don't expect Tropp to supply much in the way of fantasy production while he's suiting up.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Letestu dished out a pair of assists and was a plus-2 in Friday's win over Calgary.
Impact: Letestu was held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the season, but bounced back Friday with a solid two-point effort. Coming off a career-high 34-point season in 2013-14, Letestu should be in for another decent season with a Columbus team on the rise. Playing on the third line, but seeing no power-play time, it's safe to say we could see another 30-40 point season from the 29-year-old center in 2014-15.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Dano has an undisclosed injury.
Impact: It's unclear when the rookie will return, but he's considered day-to-day.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Calvert recorded a goal and an assist -- his first two points of the season -- in Friday's win over Calgary.
Impact: The third-line winger netted the game-winning goal in the second period when he jumped on a loose puck sitting in the crease. Calvert, who barely gets used on the power play, set a career-high in 2013-14 with nine goals and 24 points. Calvert is likely to improve on those totals this season, but as a bottom-six forward, he can't be counted in anything but the deepest of leagues.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Todd Richards said the Blue Jackets plan to use McElhinney in the net Saturday against the Senators, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Assuming Sergei Bobrovsky isn't pulled early from his scheduled start Friday, McElhinney will see his first action of the season against his former team in Ottawa. The 31-year-old backup was merely adequate in 28 games with the Jackets last season, accumulating a 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage. He figures to see an extremely light workload so long as Bobrovsky remains healthy.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dano (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Flames, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Dano sat out Thursday's practice with the injury and was unable to take part in morning skate. The Blue Jackets are calling his injury a day-to-day concern, but it seems likely that he'll be healed in time to play Saturday against Ottawa.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Atkinson (undisclosed) will play Friday against the Calgary.
Impact: Atkinson missed Wednesday's practice with the undisclosed ailment, but was back in action Thursday and at Friday's morning skate to assuage any concern about his health. As usual, he'll skate on the Blue Jackets' top line with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky will be in the crease Friday against the Flames.
Impact: The Blue Jackets will go with Bobrovsky for the fourth time in four games, but the No. 1 netminder is expected to cede the net to backup Curtis McElhinney on Saturday, when Columbus heads to Ottawa for the second game of a back-to-back. After a strong preseason, Bobrovsky has carried over that success through his first three starts, going 2-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dano missed Thursday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: General manager Jarmo Kekalainen indicated the rookie was day-to-day with the injury, putting his availability in question for Saturday's game against the Senators. Dano has held his own in his first taste of NHL action thus far, contributing a goal, an assist and six shot attempts over three games.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McElhinney will likely start either Friday or Saturday, the The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: McElhinney has yet to play this season, but it appears he will make his debut and give starter Sergei Bobrovsky a rest sometime this weekend.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Atkinson was held out of practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Jackets coach Todd Richards said only that Atkinson was "nicked up," but the winger is expected to be in the lineup Friday against the Flames.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Atkinson took part in Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday, Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer Jeff Rimer reports.
Impact: Atkinson may be dealing with a minor injury, but after skating Thursday, he should be good to go for the Blue Jackets' next game Friday.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Brian Gibbons off injured reserve and assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Impact: Gibbons missed the first three games of the regular season with a lower body injury.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Johansen scored his first two goals in a loss to Dallas on Tuesday.
Impact: Johansen is off to a strong start with two goals and three assists in three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gibbons was assigned to AHL Springfield after clearing waivers Wednesday.
Impact: The 26-year-old Gibbons was placed on injured reserve to open the season after sustaining a lower-body injury in training camp. The injury cost him any chance he had at winning a 23-man roster spot with Columbus, so he'll probably have to excel in the minors before warranting another look from the parent club.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson assisted on both of Ryan Johansen's goals Tuesday, but also went minus-3 in the 4-2 loss to Dallas.
Impact: Despite these points, the early returns have not been very good for Johnson, as he's gone minus-6 over the first three games of the year and has taken just three shots on net. The former No. 3 overall pick has never quite lived up to the billing, so owners who want the points he can provide are just going to have to deal with the plus-minus liability.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky saved 31 of 34 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Stars.
Impact: Bobrovsky played pretty well overall, but the Tyler Seguin-Jamie Benn combo got to him for three goals and ended up sending him to a loss after the Jackets had rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the second period. Nonetheless, Bobrovsky's looked strong in net to open the year and should keep seeing the vast majority of the netminding action for the Jackets.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen accounted for all the Jackets' offense in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Stars, scoring his first two goals of the year.
Impact: Johansen only took one shot on goal in his first two games this year after missing the whole preseason due to a contract dispute, but he'd managed three assists anyway. Now, with five points in three games, he's officially hot. Just think how good he'll be once he gets all the way back in terms of conditioning.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets activated Gibbons (undisclosed) from injured reserve Tuesday and placed him on waivers, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Gibbons saw action in 41 games with the Penguins last season, so he could garner some interest on the waiver wire. If he clears, he will be assigned to AHL Springfield.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) could be cleared to return to action as soon as Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: If he is cleared, the young defenseman could suit up for Saturday's game in Ottawa, or the Jackets could play it safe and hold him out until their west coast swing the following week. Murray's return could have an impact on the Jackets' depth on the blue line though, as Cody Goloubef would have to clear waivers to be sent down to the AHL and could be snapped up.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovksy will be in goal for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky is off to a quick start this season, going 2-0-0 and giving up just three goals on 48 shots. He will take on a Stars team that's scored just three total goals over its first two games.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) practiced Monday, but is still without a return date, reports the team's official site.
Impact: The report says that Murray is getting very close to returning, but he's yet to pinpoint a specific game in which that'll happen. Until further notice, monitor the defenseman's status on a game-to-game basis. "It's not really up to me," Murray said. "It's great to see (the first two wins). We're all working together for the same goal. Obviously, you want to play and be part of everything, but at the same time, if we're winning, then it's always a good thing."
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen admitted Sunday that his conditioning is not quite where it needs to be, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "I don't feel quite like myself yet, but it's coming," Johansen said. "I feel close to everybody else. It might look similar. But I still need to get my conditioning up another 10 seconds or so at high speed."
Impact: The '10 seconds' is in reference to his shift length, which the Blue Jackets have wisely kept in the range of 35-to-40 seconds so far rather than the 45-to-50 seconds Johansen is accustomed to. Despite the conditioning issue, Johansen has still looked dominant at times through the first two games, and as long as the club keeps him from playing fatigued, he should be able to avoid a serious injury. So far, it looks like his contract dispute will have no lasting implications at all, which is excellent news for Johansen and his fantasy owners.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Johansen had two assists Saturday for the Jackets.
Impact: Johansen is one of the NHL's best-kept secrets but he is a star who has big-time ability, make no mistake about it.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Hartnell had two assists Saturday for the Jackets.
Impact: Hartnell once played for the arch-enemy Predators so he is doing his best to endear himself to the longtime Columbus faithful with these kind of efforts.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno had a goal and an assist to power the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Impact: Foligno has three points for a strong early start.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Atkinson scored twice to power the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Impact: Atkinson is surprisingly among the NHL leaders with three goals and the Jackets are playing well.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky made 24 saves Saturday in a 5-2 victory over the Rangers.
Impact: Despite having a number of high-profile players on IR to start the season, the Jackets have come out of the gate flying, and Bobrovsky has benefited to the tune of two wins, a 1.50 GAA and .938 save percentage through two games. He figures to get a heavy workload this season, and if the team in front of him continues to play well, Bobrovsky could once again find himself in the Vezina discussion at the end of the season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tyutin set a franchise record with a plus-5 rating Saturday as the Blue Jackets downed the Rangers 5-2.
Impact: Through two games Tyutin has yet to collect a point, but his plus-6 rating is a nice boost for his owners in leagues that use that category.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: He also supplied four shots and four hits while finishing the night at plus-1. Foligno has stepped up so far on offense for the Jackets, with three points (one goal, two assists) through their first two games.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hartnell notched two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: With three assists through the Jackets' first two games, he seems to be fitting in quite nicely so far in Columbus.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen notched two assists in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Despite missing basically all of training camp due to a contract dispute, Johansen hasn't looked rusty at all, dominating in the faceoff circle on Saturday (winning 11 of 17) and picking up three assists through the Jackets' first two games. If you were able to pick him up at a discount due to the contract squabble, you may have gotten a bargain.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dano notched his first NHL points Saturday night when he scored a goal and added an assist in the Blue Jackets' 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: The 2013 first-round draft pick also laid three hits and finished plus-2, and earned the game's second star for his work. He's gritty and good in his own zone, so he's already a solid two-way guy. He may find himself up and down the AHL shuttle, but he sure looked good Saturday.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Atkinson scored twice, including the game-winner, in the Blue Jackets' 5-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
Impact: Two games, three goals -- he's on a roll. Don't be afraid to selectively dangle the little sniper to see what his trade value might be. And you know just the guy in your league who'll be interested. Can't hurt.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Milano is making progress in his recovery from the facial injuries he suffered during training camp, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Milano underwent X-rays on Friday, which showed that he had noticed some healing over the last month. He's still awaiting clearance to return to the ice, however, so his season debut at the junior level could still be a few weeks away or longer.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky will be in the net Saturday against the Rangers, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Impact: After dispatching the Sabres in Thursday's opener, Bobrovsky will aim for two wins in a row to kick off the 2014-15 campaign. Bobrovsky made three starts against the Rangers a season ago, going 1-2-0 with a 2.61 GAA and .925 save percentage.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 21 saves in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Thursday night.
Impact: Bobrovsky is a stud goalie who can be expected to carry the Blue Jackets on his back.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen assisted on Cam Atkinson's game-winning power-play goal in Thursday's victory over the Sabres.
Impact: As expected, Johansen saw far less ice time than the 17:39 he averaged last season, finishing with just over 14 minutes on the night. The Blue Jackets figure to limit Johansen's ice time while he works himself back into playing shape after he missed the entirety of training camp, but it shouldn't be long before he earns back his usual workload. Even in reduced minutes, Johansen should still produce useful production for fantasy owners.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wennberg assisted on Artem Anisimov's third period goal Thursday as the Blue Jackets won their season opener 3-1 in Buffalo.
Impact: Anisimov's goal came at even strength, but Wennberg saw nearly four minutes of power play time as well. The rookie will have a long leash given all the Jackets' injuries, but at least through one game Wennberg looks right at home.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anisimov potted a third-period goal in Thursday's season-opening victory over the Sabres.
Impact: Anisimov skated for 18:45 over his 23 shifts, winning only five of his 17 faceoffs. Minutes should be plentiful for Anisimov while Brandon Dubinsky remains on injured reserve, but he likely won't provide much more than a half-point per game.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Atkinson tallied a goal on three shots in Thursday's win over the Sabres.
Impact: The power-play marker went down as the game-winning goal for Atkinson, who skated for 15:38 in the victory. With three of the team's top-six forwards (Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky and Nathan Horton) on injured reserve for lengthy periods of time to begin the season, Atkinson should be a mainstay on the top line and top power-play unit. It's a dramatic turnaround from his standing with the team last March, when he was an occasional healthy scratch by coach Todd Richards, before he turned things around by the end of the season.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky stopped 21 of 22 shots in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 victory over the Sabres in Thursday's opener.
Impact: The game was tied after the first two periods, but the Blue Jackets eventually overwhelmed the Sabres in the final 20 minutes, with their 40-22 shot advantage proving too much for Buffalo to overcome. Bobrovsky will get a tougher matchup his next time out Saturday vs. the Rangers, but the 26-year-old already appears to be in the zone to kick off 2014-15, on the heels of a dominant preseason.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky will start the season opener against the Sabres on Thursday.
Impact: Bobrovsky saw a surprisingly heavy workload in the preseason, submitting a 3-1 record and 1.92 GAA, while saving 127 of 134 shots. The Blue Jackets will be missing a handful of their top skaters due to injuries to begin the season, but with a healthy Bobrovsky in goal, the team should be able to stay competitive in the Eastern Conference.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen was a full participant at morning skate and looks likely to play Thursday against the Sabres, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets have voiced some concerns about Johansen's conditioning after he missed all of training camp while immersed in a contract dispute, so don't be surprised if he sees a limited minutes load in his season debut. Regardless, he appears set to open on the Jackets' top line this season, with Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson flanking him on the wings.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Todd Richards said Johansen isn't necessarily guaranteed to play Thursday against the Sabres, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Richards acknowledged after Wednesday's practice that Johansen's conditioning remains a concern, after the center's lengthy holdout kept him out for the entirety of training camp. While he may not be up to full speed just yet, Johansen still seems more likely than not to suit up Thursday, especially since the Blue Jackets will be without three of their other top-six forwards. Richards should provide definitive word on Johansen's status after Thursday's morning skate.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without center Brandon Dubinsky for the next six weeks after he underwent abdominal surgery.
Impact: Coach Todd Richards said Wednesday's practice that Dubinsky had surgery earlier in the day. Dubinsky had 16 goals and 34 assists a year ago as one of the leaders on a young Blue Jackets team that made the postseason for only the second time in the franchise's 13 years. He was injured during a Monday practice.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubinsky underwent abdominal surgery Wednesday and will be out for approximately six weeks.
Impact: Dubinsky's mysterious placement on injured reserve Tuesday finally has a concrete explanation behind it, as it appears the forward might have suffered the injury over the weekend. While the Blue Jackets are fortunate to have Ryan Johansen (contract dispute) back in the fold for Thursday's season opener, the absences of top-six forwards Dubinsky, Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton will force the team to rely on an armada of rookies to keep the offense humming in the early going.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) was on the ice for practice Wednesday, NHL.com's Rob Mixer reports.
Impact: Murray is slated to miss the first week of the season after he was placed on injured reserve Sunday, but he looks like he's on track to return shortly thereafter. He'll assume a top-four role on defense once he's healthy.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Gibbons is on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
Impact: Gibbons is considered day-to-day, but there are no details or time table for his injury.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Horton has been placed on the non-roster injured list due to a back injury.
Impact: It's uncertain when Horton will be able to go for the Jackets.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Milano is on the non-roster injured reserve list because of facial fractures.
Impact: Milano, the Jackets' first-round pick in 2014, suffered the injury in a prospects game last month. He's likely to start the season in the minors.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Murray isn't quite ready to return after having his knee operated on during the offseason.
Impact: It's uncertain when Murray will be able to return from the non-roster injured reserve list.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: With the opener just three days away, Johansen ended his lengthy holdout by reaching a 3-year agreement on Monday with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 22-year-old Johansen, a restricted free agent, had a career season last year, scoring 33 goals with 30 assists in 82 games after totaling 14 goals and 19 assists in his first 107 NHL games. The Blue Jackets were in dire need of their top scorer returning after losing forwards Boone Jenner (broken hand, out 5 weeks) and Nathan Horton (bad back, out indefinitely) in recent weeks.