News: Calvert (upper body) could be activated from injured reserve and return to the lineup Saturday against the Devils, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Calvert didn't take part in line work during Thursday's practice and doesn't look like he'll be an option for Friday's tilt with the Maple Leafs, but the Blue Jackets feel there's a chance he could be available for the second game of the back-to-back. The team has been hit hard this season across the roster by injuries, to the point that even the return of a bit player like Calvert would offer some form of relief.
Boone Jenner - #38 - Left Wing - 6'2" - 204lbs
News: Jenner (hand) is expected to make his season debut next week, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Impact: Jenner practiced Thursday for the third straight day, testing out his injury by handling pucks. The Blue Jackets are in desperate need of help up front with six forwards (including Jenner) sidelined, so they will welcome Jenner's return to the lineup when it comes. An exact date for Jenner's debut has not been determined, but Columbus plays Tuesday, Friday and Saturday next week.
News: Foligno (neck) took part in Thursday's practice, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Foligno sat out the Blue Jackets' last game Tuesday, but his participation in Thursday's practice session bodes well for his chances of playing Friday. The Blue Jackets could certainly use him with six forwards out with injuries.
Sean Collins - #37 - Center - 6'3" - 184lbs
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Collins from AHL Springfield on Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets' forward crop has been decimated by injuries, so Gibbons was brought in to provide some depth. He and Brian Gibbons will likely take turns filling a wing spot on the Blue Jackets' fourth line.
Brian Gibbons - #23 - Center - 5'8" - 170lbs
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Gibbons from AHL Springfield on Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Injuries have hit the Blue Jackets hard of late, so Gibbons was brought in to provide some depth up front. He and Sean Collins will likely rotate at one of the wing spots on the Blue Jackets' fourth line.
News: The Blue Jackets placed Letestu (groin) on injured reserve Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Letestu will be out 2-to-4 weeks after injuring his groin Tuesday, so the Blue Jackets placed him on injured reserve to open up a spot on the roster.
News: The Blue Jackets placed Wisniewski (finger) on injured reserve Thursday, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Wisniewski will miss a week or two after breaking his finger Tuesday, so the Blue Jackets placed him on injured reserve to open up a roster spot.
News: Letestu has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss the next two to four weeks.
Impact: The Columbus center has a groin injury.
News: Anisimov's status is unknown for upcoming games after he was forced to leave in the second period of a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.
Impact: The Columbus center did not return after taking a hit to the head from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
News: Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve will likely miss the next week or two because of a broken finger.
Impact: The Columbus defenseman suffered his injury in the third period of a 5-2 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 28.
News: Foligno (neck) is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Maple Leafs, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets have been absolutely gutted by injuries so far this season, but it doesn't sound like the team is worried about having to add Foligno to their ever-growing IR list. Foligno, who didn't play Tuesday night after he was stretchered off the ice in Sunday's contest, is being listed as day-to-day, and could attempt to practice Thursday. The team should have more to say about his condition following Thursday's session.
News: Anisimov left Tuesday's game with a concussion, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Anisimov left Tuesday's game with what was first reported as an upper-body injury, but now has been confirmed to be a concussion. The one-week timetable is somewhat speculative, as concussions can vary in terms of recovery time. The Blue Jackets are extremely short-handed right now with nine players listed as injured. Six of those are forwards, so the loss of Anisimov will certainly be felt in addition to the rest of the injured Jackets.
News: Letestu suffered a groin pull in Tuesday's loss to the Senators and has been ruled out for two-to-four weeks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Columbus' list of injuries is nearing comical proportions at this point, as the team already has five players on IR and an additional two (Artem Anisimov and James Wisniewski) who suffered injuries Tuesday night and are expected to miss at least a week. Letestu apparently suffered the injury on the final shift of the blowout loss, depriving the Blue Jackets of three of their top four centers. With three goals and two assists in nine games, Letestu was a serviceable if not exciting producer, but his absence will hurt the injury-ravaged Blue Jackets more than his fantasy owners.
News: Atkinson (eye) found the net for his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: Atkinson looked like he was headed for a potential long-term absence after taking an ugly slash to the face from a skate Friday in Anaheim, but he missed just one game after he was cleared of any eye or vision damage. By all indications he seemed to be fine Tuesday, skating 21:10 and continuing his hot start to the season with his fourth goal and sixth point in eight games.
News: McElhinney surrendered five goals on 34 shot attempts in Tuesday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: Making the start for the injured Sergei Bobrovsky, McElhinney turned in a decent effort through the first two periods, before collapsing over the final 20 minutes. The Senators overwhelmed McElhinney for 16 shot attempts in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals to salt the game away. The poor outing shouldn't affect McElhinney's standing as the Jackets' top option while Bobrovsky remains unavailable for at least the next week, though newly-appointed backup Anton Forsberg could receive one of the starts during the weekend back-to-back with the Maple Leafs and Devils.
News: Wennberg picked up a power play assist in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Impact: The rookie has some ugly numbers to begin the season, including a minus-8 rating in eight games, but with the Blue Jackets now down six of their projected top nine forwards due to a plague of injuries, Wennberg will be asked to shoulder a significant role over the next week or two. He could provide a short term boost to your lineup in deeper leagues.
News: Johansen picked up an assist Tuesday, extending his scoring streak to nine games.
Impact: He's now got an impressive 12 points (five goals, seven assists) to kick off the season, and Johansen's play may just inspire some other NHLers to sit out training camp next season.
News: Anisimov (upper body) will be receive further evaluation Wednesday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets are already putting Anisimov through the league's concussion protocol, though it hasn't been confirmed whether or not he passed his preliminary tests. Even if he's cleared of any head injury, Anisimov is probably at least dealing with some residual soreness after he was leveled by the Sens' Eric Gryba on Tuesday, falling hard on the ice in the process.
News: Wisniewksi has been ruled out for one-to-two weeks after suffering a broken finger in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Senators, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: No team has been bit harder by the injury bug in the first three weeks of the season than the Blue Jackets, who already have five players on injured reserve and also saw key forwards in Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno exit with injuries over their last two games. Add Wisniewski's name to the list of the casualties, forcing the Blue Jackets to temporarily replace another top-four defenseman just days after the team welcomed Ryan Murray back from IR. With no goals and three assists through his first nine games, Wisniewski had already been a disappointment for fantasy owners, whose frustration has surely reached its apex with this latest news.
News: Anisimov exited Tuesday's game against the Senators with an upper-body injury and will not return, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Anisimov was on the receiving end of a leveling from Ottawa's Eric Gryba, who was assessed a five-minute major and 10-minute game misconduct penalty. The Blue Jackets should have a clearer idea on the extent of Anisimov's injury Wednesday, but the team can ill afford to lose another forward with Nathan Horton, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Calvert on injured reserve and Nick Foligno day-to-day with a neck injury.
News: Foligno (neck) will miss Tuesday's game against the Senators, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: After sitting out the team's morning skate, Foligno predictably wasn't on the ice for pregame warmups, verifying his status as a scratch Tuesday. The winger fortunately appears to have avoided a serious neck injury after he was stretched off the ice Sunday, but his status for the team's back-to-back with Toronto and New Jersey over the weekend remains in peril.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for one or two weeks with a broken finger.
Impact: Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. The club placed the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goalie on injured reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg on emergency recall from its American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Simon Hjalmarsson - #24 - Right Wing - 5'11" - 161lbs
News: Hjalmarsson cleared waivers and was released by the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Impact: Hjalmarsson signed with the Blue Jackets this offseason in hopes of securing an NHL job, but he did not make the cut, and has decided to return to Europe rather than remain with the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Springfield.
News: Atkinson (eye) will play in Tuesday's game against the Senators, Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Atkinson narrowly missed a major injury when he was cut by a skate beneath his eye Friday, and he will be able to return to action after sitting out just one game. Atkinson said his vision is fine, so expect him to play his regular role for the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
News: Foligno (neck) did not take part in Tuesday's morning skate.
Impact: Foligno is considered day-to-day with a sore neck, but his absence Tuesday morning hints at him sitting out Tuesday's game against the Senators. Expect an update on Foligno's status when the Blue Jackets make a final call on his availability for Tuesday's game.
News: McElhinney will start against Ottawa on Tuesday night, Rob Mixer of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Impact: Sergei Bobrovsky has been placed on IR with a fractured finger, and he's expected to miss at least one week. McElhinney figures to take the larger share of a split in playing time with Anton Forsberg while Bobrovsky is on the shelf.
News: Forsberg has been recalled from AHL Springfield.
Impact: Sergei Bobrovsky was placed on IR prior to Tuesday's practice due to a fractured finger. While the Jackets' top minder is only expected to miss one to two weeks, Forsberg will push Curtis McElhinney for playing time while Bob remains out.
News: Bobrovsky has been placed on IR with a fractured finger.
Impact: The injury occurred when Bobrovsky was struck by a puck during Monday's practice. Fortunately for the Blue Jackets, he's only expected to miss one or two weeks as a result of the injury. Anton Forsberg was recalled from Springfield to take Bobrovsky's place on the roster, while Curtis McElhinney will presumably take the bulk of the starts in Bobrovsky's absence.
Brandon Dubinsky - #17 - Center - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Dubinsky skated on Monday for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery at the beginning of the month, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: He's still probably at least a couple of weeks away from getting into the lineup, but Dubinsky's recovery seems to be going well.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed Calvert on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 24 and recalled center Alexander Wennberg from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Impact: Calvert, who has a goal and an assist in seven games this season, is expected to miss one week with an upper-body injury.
News: Foligno (neck) is hoping to be cleared for Tuesday's game against the Senators, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Foligno left Sunday's game against the Kings on a stretcher after a scary collision with a linesman along the boards, but apparently the injury isn't as serious as it appeared. Foligno described the injury as a "stinger," and said the exit on a stretcher was just precautionary. Even if he's not cleared in time for Tuesday's contest with the Sens, it's still excellent news that his injury isn't serious.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Wenneberg from AHL Springfield on Monday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Wennberg was just sent down to the AHL on Sunday, but he'll return to fill a roster spot as Matt Calvert (upper body) heads to IR.
News: The Blue Jackets placed Calvert (upper body) on IR on Monday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Apparently Calvert's injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to IR, but we still haven't heard exactly how his injury occurred. The team recalled Alexander Wennberg to take Calvert's place on the roster.
News: Atkinson (eye) took part in Monday's optional team skate, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Atkinson missed Saturday's game after getting cut by an opponent's skate against the Ducks on Friday, but returned to the ice Monday. He'll likely be wearing a full cage on his helmet to protect that eye for a while, but it looks like he could suit up as early as Tuesday against the Senators.
Boone Jenner - #38 - Left Wing - 6'2" - 204lbs
News: Jenner (hand) practiced with the team Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Jenner has been sidelined for the whole season so far with a broken hand, but it's a good sign that he returned to the ice Monday. The center had a great season in 2013-14 as a rookie, racking up 16 goals and 13 assists in 72 games.
News: Dano (undisclosed) is expected to return to action Sunday against the Kings, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Dano has missed the Jackets' last four contests after collecting two points over the first three games of the season. The 19-year-old center is expected to return to the team's third line.
News: Bobrovsky led the Blue Jackets onto the ice for pregame warmups, and will start Sunday as expected, TFP's Dennis Bernstein reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky has surrendered seven combined goals over his last two contests, and will look to rebound Sunday afternoon. He'll take on a Los Angeles squad that has averaged just 2.29 goals per game so far this season.
News: Wisniewski was held without a point in Sunday's loss to the Kings. He's accumulated no goals and two assists over the Jackets' first eight games.
Impact: Wisniewski did fire off a respectable five shots Sunday, but he's continued to feel the harsh effects of regression after supplying a career-best 51 points in his age-30 season. That total was 21 points more than his best mark from any previous campaign, suggesting the breakthrough could be an outlier. Wisniewski should still offer better-than-average production from the blue line this season; just don't expect him to finish eighth among defensemen in scoring again.
Sun. Oct 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno said that his spine is fine after Sunday's scary injury.
Impact: Foligno was seriously injured with 11:34 left in the third period and taken off on a stretcher with a neck brace Sunday in Los Angeles. It is not clear when he will return.
News: Letestu scored in a losing effort against the Kings on Sunday.
Impact: The goal was his third of the year, and at five points overall in the early going, he looks like he could approach his career high of 34 from last season. Letestu even got a shift on the power play, though that likely won't happen most games.
Tim Erixon - #20 - Defense - 6'2" - 190lbs
News: Erixon notched a goal, the first of his career, on a power play in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Erixon was only on the ice for 7:29, two minutes of which came with the man advantage. His usage on the power play could provide the occasional scoring chance, but otherwise he doesn't hold a ton of fantasy value in most formats.
News: Bobrovsky surrendered five goals on 27 shots in Sunday's loss to the Kings.
Impact: Bobrovsky has really struggled of late, as he's now allowed 12 goals in his last three starts. However, he's faced a lot of shots in that span and has good job security with Curtis McElhinney not much of a threat as his backup.
News: Foligno was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Kings on a stretcher, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Foligno went down after unfortunately hitting the crown of his helmet on the linesman's hip while falling down Sunday. The incident left Foligno face-down for quite some time, until a stretcher brought him off the ice. In an encouraging development, Foligno was reportedly alert and able to speak with medical personnel once exiting Sunday's game. Nonetheless, his condition moving forward is unclear at the moment. The 26-year-old had been enjoying a wildly productive season prior to suffering the injury, totaling nine points and a plus-4 rating in the Jackets' first eight games.
Adam Cracknell - #32 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Cracknell (knee) returned to the lineup Sunday against the Kings, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Cracknell is set to join the third line at left wing alongside Michael Chaput and Jared Boll. The Blue Jackets are shorthanded, meaning players could receive extra shifts to cover up the missing 12th forward.
News: Calvert won't play Sunday against the Kings.
Impact: Calvert's reason for missing the game is unclear at this point, but with Cam Atkinson already missing, the Jackets will be short another forward Sunday.
News: Atkinson (eye) will not play in Sunday's game against the Kings, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Atkinson suffered a cut below his right eye in Friday's game and was questionable leading up to Sunday. This shouldn't be a long-term injury for the 25-year-old winger, who should return to the lineup in the next few days. In seven games so far this year, Atkinson has three goals and two assists.
Ryan Murray - #27 - Defense - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Murray (knee) was activated off injured reserve Sunday and will dress against the Kings.
Impact: Murray takes the spot of Alexander Wennberg on the roster, as Wennberg was assigned to AHL Springfield. He is expected to be paired with James Wisniewski for Sunday's game against the Kings.
News: The Blue Jackets assigned Wennberg to AHL Springfield on Sunday.
Impact: Wennberg made the Blue Jackets opening night roster and was eventually able to move up to Columbus' second line due to various injuries on the team. Wennberg is making way for Ryan Murray who was taken off injured reserve on Sunday. In seven games played, Wennberg only managed one assist and a minus-7 rating.
News: Forsberg was assigned to AHL Springfield on Sunday.
Impact: Forsberg didn't see any action since being recalled Oct. 19. With Curtis McElhinney returning from injured reserve, he was sent to AHL Springfield in a corresponding move.
News: McElhinney (upper body) was activated off injured reserve Sunday.
Impact: McElhinney rejoined the team for the trip to Anaheim on Friday and should resume his role as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup, as the team assigned Anton Forsberg to AHL Springfield in a corresponding move.
Sun. Oct 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Atkinson took a skate to the face from Ryan Kesler and suffered a laceration.
Impact: The blade narrowly missed Atkinson's eye. It's unclear how much time he'll miss.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hartnell potted the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Friday's loss to the Ducks.
Impact: It took longer than expected for Hartnell to notch his first goal, but he's managed to be a driving force for the Blue Jackets' attack through his work as a passer. His eight assists are tied for second in the NHL.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 33 shot attempts in Friday's loss to the Ducks.
Impact: The Blue Jackets' westward road swing hasn't been kind thus far to Bobrovsky, as he's surrendered a total of seven goals on back-to-back nights against the Sharks and Ducks, though he was able to escape with a win against San Jose. With a meeting with the reigning Stanley Cup champs in Los Angeles coming up Sunday to conclude the trip, Bobrovsky could be in for yet another tough outing.
News: Milano (face) has been activated from the Blue Jackets' non-roster injury list and assigned to OHL Plymouth.
Impact: Milano hasn't played since suffering two fractures in his face during the NHL Prospects Tournament in mid-September. The Blue Jackets' first-round selection in this past June's draft, Milano has elected to bypass a collegiate career with Boston College in favor of testing himself at the junior level. He's probably at least two years away from contributing for the Blue Jackets.
News: Atkinson suffered a cut below his right eye during Friday's game against the Ducks, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Fortunately, Atkinson did not sustain any damage to his right eye, but he should be considered day-to-day and questionable for Sunday's game until the team provides additional information.
Adam Cracknell - #32 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Cracknell left Friday's game early in the third period with an apparent left knee injury, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: It appeared as though Cracknell's left skate got caught as he was checked into the corner, and he immediately clutched at his left knee after going down. The 29-year-old winger was unable to put weight on the leg as he left the ice, indicating it could be a serious issue, but consider Cracknell day-to-day until more information becomes available.
News: Bobrovsky let the team onto the ice for warmups Friday and will start in net as expected, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky will start for the second straight night, despite a poor showing in Thursday's victory over the Sharks. With Curtis McElhinney still on IR, coach Todd Richards may be hesitant to go with Anton Forsberg, and Bobrovsky will continue to receive starts even on back-to-back nights as a result.
News: McElhinney (head/neck) has rejoined the Blue Jackets in Anaheim, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: McElhinney seems to have recovered from the head injury he suffered in last Saturday's game. He will resume his role as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup moving forward.
News: Columbus activated Milano from the injured non-roster list Friday and assigned him to the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers. Milano sustained a facial fracture at the NHL Prospects Tournament in September.
Impact: The 18-year-old spent the past two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last season, he had 24 goals and 48 assists in 50 games played for the program's junior team. Columbus' first pick in the 2014 draft, the Massapequa, New York, native won gold with Team USA at the 2014 IIHF U18 Championships.
News: Bobrovsky is expected to start in goal Friday against the Ducks.
Impact: Despite coming away with the win Thursday in San Jose, Bobrovsky had a poor outing, giving up four goals on 37 shots. It would probably be ideal for the Blue Jackets to rest Bobrovsky for the second end of a tough back-to-back set, but with backup Curtis McElhinney (upper body) on IR, coach Todd Richards may be loath to turn the net over to the unproven Anton Forsberg.
News: Letestu scored his first two goals of the season in Thursday's victory at San Jose.
Impact: Letestu has never finished with more than 34 points but he's also on pace for a career high in shots so he could be someone to keep an eye on going forward.
News: Johansen scored twice in Thursday's win over the Sharks.
Impact: Johansen, who already has two two-goal performances, has five goals and four assists in six games.
News: Hartnell assisted on four goals in Thursday's win at San Jose, becoming the third player this season with a four-assist game.
Impact: It marked the sixth four-point performance of Hartnell's career but his first with four assists.
News: Foligno recorded his third goal and sixth assist of the season in Thursday's win at San Jose.
Impact: Foligno's nine points tie him with Ryan Johansen for the team lead. He was sixth on the team last season with 39 points.
News: Bobrovsky will draw the start Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: Bobrovsky was set to receive the night off in the Jackets' last game against the Senators over the weekend, but he ended up being pressed into action after Curtis McElhinney was removed in the second period with a concussion. Thanks to a four-day break in the Jackets' schedule, Bobrovsky looks to be well-rested in advance of Thursday's tilt. He'll be opposed in the net by the Sharks' Antti Niemi.
News: Foligno pushed his season-opening point streak to six games Thursday, notching a goal, an assist, a plus-2 and three PIM in a win over the Sharks.
Impact: Both of his points were big ones -- Foligno's assist on Ryan Johansen's first goal started the first of two comebacks for the Jackets, and his power-play tally tied the game in the latter half of the third period. It looks like he's really turned a corner here at the start of the season, but it seems unlikely that Foligno, whose career high is 47 points, can maintain anything resembling his current pace.
News: Hartnell distributed four assists and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over the Sharks.
Impact: Hartnell figured prominently into the Jackets' late comeback, assisting on Nick Foligno's game-tying power-play goal and then Mark Letestu's last-minute winner. Hartnell hasn't found twine yet, but he's shooting pretty regularly (18 in six games) and has racked up seven assists, so it's hard to complain.
News: Letestu scored his first two goals of the year Thursday, opening with a second-period shortie and finishing with the game-winner in the waning seconds of the third period.
Impact: In six games this year, Letestu's got a pair of two-point efforts and four big, fat zeroes. At 29 years old and set to turn 30 during the season, there's not much upside here; don't expect him to exceed last year's 34-point output. He might not even match it.
News: Johansen scored a pair of second-period goals in Thursday's win over the Sharks.
Impact: Any worries about Johansen's conditioning have to be well off in the rear-view mirror after the six-game streak with which he's opened the year, totaling five goals and four assists in the early going. It sure looks like Johansen's on the path to stardom.
News: Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 37 shots, but the Jackets mounted comebacks from 2-0 and 4-3 deficits to end up with a 5-4 win Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: It's nice to see the offense pick Bob up on a day when he wasn't at his best. The four goals represent a season high for Bobrovsky, who had generally hewn pretty close to his 2012-13 Vezina Trophy form over the season's first five games. With another game coming right up on Friday and Curtis McElhinney on IR, the Jackets may roll out Anton Forsberg for his NHL debut.
News: Dano (undisclosed) will not play Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: Dano was able to practice Wednesday and seems to be just about fully recovered from the injury, but the Blue Jackets will send him to the press box for the third straight game. Once he's healthy, Dano figures to reclaim a spot on the third line.
Dalton Prout - #47 - Defense - 6'3" - 219lbs
News: Prout will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: Prout has registered one point, five shots on goal, seven hits and a plus-2 rating through five games. He'll head to the press box in order for Cody Goloubef to see his first action of the season, but Prout still seems rather secure in his role as a regular on the Jackets' third pairing.
Cody Goloubef - #29 - Defense - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Goloubef will make his season debut Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: Goloubef will replace Dalton Prout on the Jackets' third defensive pairing. The 24-year-old netted seven goals and 21 assists over 62 games at AHL Springfield last season, but his performance on his own end needs some further refinement before he earns steady minutes with the NHL club.
News: Wennberg will center the Blue Jackets' second line on Thursday, skating between Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The rookie, who has just one assist and a minus-6 rating through five games, had been working on the wing, but Jackets coach Todd Richards is using the club's West Coast swing as an opportunity to shake up his forward lines. Hopefully, playing his natural position will light a spark under Wennberg.
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.
Nathan Horton - #8 - Right Wing - 6'2" - 229lbs
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.
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.
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: McElhinney has been activated off injured reserve.
Impact: McElhinney, the backup to top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suffered an upper body injury in an Oct. 18 game at Ottawa.
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.
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.
Tim Erixon - #20 - Defense - 6'2" - 190lbs
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.
David Savard - #58 - Defense - 6'2" - 214lbs
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Murray - #27 - Defense - 6'1" - 205lbs
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.
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.
Corey Tropp - #26 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 195lbs
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.
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 returned Sunday.
Impact: The rookie had an undisclosed injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Gibbons - #23 - Center - 5'8" - 170lbs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.