Columbus Blue Jackets Player News: All Positions

News: Bobrovsky is expected to leave Columbus in the offseason, per Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.
Impact: Bobrovsky was the top name on the trade list at the deadline, but the Jackets opted to keep the netminder in order to make a deep postseason run. The organization is already planning for the future by signing Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year contract extension. While there will no doubt be several teams that submit offers to Bobrovsky's camp, the rumor mill has long indicated the Russian will be heading south to Florida.
News: Merzlikins agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Columbus on Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Merzlikins was set to be a restricted free agent this summer after the club burned the year of his entry-level deal by having him report directly to the NHL. The move is preparing the team for Sergei Bobrovsky to depart in free agency, as indicative of the one-way nature of the contract. Without the ability to send Merzlikins to the minors without waivers, the Jackets are opening the door for him to be the No. 1 guy heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Bemstrom agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus on Tuesday.
Impact: Bemstrom led the Swedish league in goals (23) with Djurgardens IF, along with another 10 points in 19 playoff contests. The 19-year-old center is expected to compete for a spot on the 23-man roster during training camp, but could find himself down in the minors if he struggles to translate his scoring touch to the NHL game.
News: Werenski was added to the Team USA roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets' Insider reports.
Impact: Werenski ended the season on an eight-game goal drought, but should be able to add some offensive firepower to the Team USA blue line. The 21-year-old reached the 40-point threshold for the second time in his young career this season, including 15 power-play points. The Michigan native will be a restricted free agent this offseason and will garner a significant pay raise compared to hsi entry-level deal ($925,000).
News: Dubois will head to Slovakia for the 2019 IIHF World Championship as part of Team Canada, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: After losing John Tavares (oblique), Canada appears to be looking for some forward depth, as Tyson Jost was also added to the roster. After a phenomenal rookie campaign (48 points), the 20-year-old Dubois avoided the sophomore slump by racking up a career-high 27 goals, 34 helpers and 174 shots. The Quebec native should be capable of reaching the 60-point threshold again in 2019-20, which makes him a high-end fantasy option.
News: Anderson played through a shoulder injury that he sustained during Game 2 against the Bruins, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The fact that Anderson was able to play through his injury suggests it shouldn't hinder his offseason program, so it's safe to assume that he'll be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. The 25-year-old winger logged his best campaign as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (27), assists (20), shots on goal (230) and games played (82). He should be viewed as a solid bench option in deeper leagues heading into next year's fantasy drafts.
News: Duchene will consider all available options this offseason, including Columbus, when evaluating where he wants to play in 2019-20 and beyond, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets' Insider reports.
Impact: It's not exactly a ringing endorsement for Duchene staying in Ohio, though the club's ability to give him an eight-year max deal will no doubt factor into his decision. The center matched his career-high 70 points this year, split between the Jackets and Senators, plus another 10 points in 10 postseason contests. Along with teammates Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, the 27-year-old Duchene will be one of the most sought after free agents this summer and should field numerous offers.
News: Murray (back) saw his season come to a close while still stuck on injured reserve.
Impact: Murray has been out of action since Feb. 18, a stretch of 34 games, due to his back issue. Despite playing in just 56 games, the bluerliner still set career highs in assists (28), points (29) and plus/minus (20). The 25-year-old will be a restricted free agent this summer and will almost certainly get an offer sheet from the club in order to retain his rights.
News: McQuaid missed the final 15 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to a head injury.
Impact: McQuaid was unable to suit up during the postseason, making him a rather disappointing trade deadline addition for a team that went all in on a deep playoff run. The 32-year-old blueliner should get some offers come free agency, probably in the range of the $2.75 million he earned this season. Not exactly an offensive force, he's only reached the 15-point mark once in his career, McQuaid won't provide much in term of value in most fantasy formats.
News: Nash (shoulder) wasn't able to return to the lineup before Columbus was bounced from the playoffs.
Impact: Nash missed the final three games of a second-round series versus Boston after recording three points in the previous seven postseason contests. It was no doubt a disappointing year for the 29-year-old, as he saw his ice time drop to just 10:50 per game (compared to 15:25 in 2017-18) and with it, his production (12 points). The Blue Jackets signed the center coming off a career-high 41 points with Boston and have yet to see that player show up for them. Unless he can earn back some of those minutes, Nash figures to be a mid-range fantasy option at best heading into 2019-20.
News: Texier was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: Texier will link up with the Monsters and try to help the club climb out of a 3-0 series deficit, starting with Tuesday's Game 4 clash against AHL Toronto. The center saw action in eight Stanley Cup contests with the Jackets, in which he tallied two goals, one assist and eight shots, while averaging 11:25 of ice time. With Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel all poised to hit free agency this summer, the 19-year-old Texier should have a good shot at earning a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night in October.
News: Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 6 of the second round Monday.
Impact: The Blue Jackets generated 39 shots, but they couldn't crack Tuukka Rask in the elimination game, and Bobrovsky didn't make the big saves as he did on a lot of other occasions this postseason. Bobrovsky finished the postseason 6-4 with a .925 save percentage and 2.41 GAA. One of the biggest question marks of the offseason for the Blue Jackets is whether Bobrovsky will return. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
News: Nutivaara is dealing with a muscle tear in his rib area and has been given a four-week prognosis according to GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Nutivaara has been held off the ice for going on three weeks, so it's apparent that a return to the ice was looming if the Blue Jackets would have advanced to the conference finals. Instead, he'll now get some much-needed rest time as the team shifts its attention to the offseason.
News: Murray was given a three-month prognosis from the time of injury (Feb. 18), according to GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Kekalainen did not specify what Murray's injury is, but it is believed to be a back ailment. Had the Blue Jackets advanced to the next series, there would have been a chance Murray could have taken the ice. Instead he'll have the offseason to fully recovery.
News: Clendening is a healthy scratch for Monday's Game 6 tilt against Boston, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Clendening has suited up for Columbus' last seven games, recording one assist and a plus-1 rating in the process. Vladislav Gavrikov will dress for Monday's contest.
News: Bobrovsky will guard the home crease against Boston for Monday's Game 6 tilt, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky had allowed just 14 goals in his first seven starts this postseason but has been tagged with eight goals in the last two outings. He'll need to be at his best Monday to force a Game 7 back in Boston on Wednesday.
News: Nash (undisclosed) will not suit up for Monday's Game 6 tilt against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nash had two assists in the first three games of this series but has now missed three straight contests. It's unclear what type of injury the 6-foot-1 forward is dealing with or if he'll be ready for a possible Game 7 on Wednesday.
News: Panarin picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Bruins in Game 5.
Impact: It wasn't his best effort Saturday. Panarin's overhandling of the puck in the offensive zone and then his inability -- of lack of effort -- to get back on the back check directly led to two Bruins goals, including the winner. The Bread Man's game will be better in Game 6. It has to be or the Jackets will be on the golf course sooner rather than later.
News: Dzingel scored his first goal of the postseason in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Boston, which now leads the series 3-2.
Impact: Dzingel had a fantastic season, but drew the ire of coach John Tortorella earlier in the series. He even found himself scratched. Dzingel has struggled in playoff matchups in the past, too -- he has just four points in 23 career games. Don't look here for fantasy help right now.
News: Bobrovsky made 32 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Bruins in Game 5 on Saturday night.
Impact: The game was 1-0 Boston going into the third and that goal came on the only mistake the Blue Jackets made -- they were just too exhausted on a long shift to get back on an odd-man rush. Bobrovsky pulled out several amazing saves and that allowed his team to roar back to tie things up in the third. And the game-winner only beat him by the length of his big toe as he sprawled across the crease on another odd-man rush at 18:36 of the third. Bobrovsky has the talent and ability to shut the Bruins down in Game 6 and he will need to do his part to force a Game 7. The Bruins now lead the series 3-2.
News: Nash (undisclosed) isn't expected to be available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Bruins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nash wasn't on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, so it's essentially a foregone conclusion that he'll miss a second consecutive contest due to the undisclosed injury he suffered at some point during the first three games of the series. The 29-year-old forward will hope to heal up in time for Monday's Game 6 in Columbus.
News: Tarasov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets on Saturday. The deal will begin with the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Tarasov spent the majority of the 2018-19 season with Toros Neftekamsk of the VHL in his native Russia, maintaining an impressive 1.71 GAA and .928 save percentage through 25 appearances. The 2017 third-round pick still has a lot of developing to do before he'll get a look with the big club, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars at this point.
News: Bobrovsky will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 5 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com's Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky was tested early and often in Thursday's Game 4, and he ultimately wasn't up to the task, surrendering four goals on 46 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The 30-year-old netminder will look to bounce back and help his team return to Columbus for Game 6 on Monday with a chance to close out the series by picking up his fourth road victory of this postseason Saturday.
News: Bobrovsky was victimized for four goals on 46 shots in Thursday's 4-1 Game 4 loss to Boston.
Impact: Bobrovsky was spectacular in this one after allowing two early goals in the opening period, making 19 saves in the third period to give Columbus a chance to make a comeback. The loss is just his second of the playoffs and Bob will certainly be hoping to get back in the win column Saturday when the two teams reconvene for Game 5.
News: Panarin scored his fifth goal of the playoffs in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins.
Impact: The Bread Man now has 10 points in eight postseason contests in 2018-19. Panarin's goal midway through the first period cut Boston's lead to 2-1, but after a scoreless middle frame, the Bruins would add two goals in the final period, making it a 4-1 final.
News: Nash (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 4 matchup with the Bruins.
Impact: It's unknown what exactly is ailing Nash, but it could be an issue from any of the number of big hits he's taken this series. The Alberta native was sent to the locker room early in Game 2 with an unknown injury, but his issue Thursday could be anything. More information on this issue should surface ahead of Game 5 on Saturday.
News: Nutivaara is still dealing with an upper-body injury and isn't expected to be available for Thursday's Game 4 against Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nutivaara has been skating since Saturday, but he still hasn't been cleared to start taking contact, and remains without a definite timetable for his return to game action. Adam Clendening will continue to skate on the Blue Jackets' bottom pairing until Nutivaara is deemed fit to play.
News: Bobrovsky will guard the goal in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins in Columbus, NHL.com's Eric Russo reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky has been outstanding since suffering a tough loss to the Bruins in Game 1, picking up back-to-back victories while maintaining a superb 1.26 GAA and .956 save percentage. The 30-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and help his team return to Boston for Game 5 with a commanding 3-1 series lead by picking up his fourth home victory of this postseason Thursday.
News: Mitchell will end his playing career after two seasons in the DEL.
Impact: Mitchell put up solid numbers in Germany, tallying 70 points in 80 contests with Nuremberg Thomas and Munich. Selected in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Draft, the 34-year-old spent nine years in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Avalanche, in which he played in 548 games and notched 70 goals, 107 assists and 822 hits.
News: Duchene scored a power-play goal during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: For the second straight game Duchene fired home the game-winner, although his second-period tally in this one was a lot less dramatic than Saturday's double-overtime goal. The trade deadline acquisition has been huge so far for the Jackets, scoring five goals and nine points through seven playoff games.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 36 of 37 shots during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Impact: Boston's lone goal barely trickled across the goal line and had to be confirmed by video review, but otherwise Bobrovsky was a brick wall between the pipes. He'll carry a stellar 1.88 GAA and .937 save percentage through seven playoff starts into Game 4 on Thursday, with the Jackets looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
News: Murray (upper body) will not play in Game 3 versus Boston on Tuesday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Murray remains without a timetable for his return, but it certainly won't be coming on home ice in Game 3, as the Columbus blueliner will sit once again, sidelined with a pesky upper-body injury that has kept Murray out of action since the middle of February. Until the team updates his situation, consider the 25-year-old as out "indefinitely".
News: Bobrovsky will be in net for Game 3 versus Boston on Tuesday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Coming off an impressive performance that included 29 saves in a double-overtime win, Bobrovsky, once again, will mind the Jackets' crease for Game 3, but this time, the game will be played on home ice. The Columbus netminder has been stellar so far in these playoffs, going 5-1 in six starts with a 2.01 GAA and .930 save percentage.
News: Bobrovsky made 29 saves in a 3-2, double-overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2 on Saturday night. The series is now tied 1-1.
Impact: There wasn't a lot of open ice Saturday as both teams played tight hockey. But Bob the Goalie was solid bordering on spectacular when he needed to be. Bobrovsky is now 5-1 this postseason. He's cementing his value in free agency come July, but before then, he has his eyes on Lord Stanley.
News: Panarin scored twice and added an assist Saturday in Columbus' 3-2, double-overtime win over Boston in Game 2. The series is now tied 1-1.
Impact: The Bread Man delivered Saturday. He has four goals and nine points in six postseason games. Panarin is leading the Jackets and setting himself up for a massive payday once free agency opens July 1.
News: Duchene scored the winner in Saturday's 3-2 double-overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2. It came on the power play and tied the series 1-1.
Impact: Duchene was in front of the net and hammered a rebound through Tuukka Rask's legs. The center was brought to Columbus to make a difference. He struggled in the regular season, but has found his game in the playoffs. Duchene has four goals and eight points in six postseason games.
News: Nash returned to the bench late in the first period of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston after going to the locker room earlier, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Nash has gotten the necessary repairs after getting mashed by Zdeno Chara earlier in the opening frame.
News: Nash (undisclosed) had to go to the locker room early in the first period of Saturday's Game 2 against Boston after taking a big hit, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Nash took a massive open-ice hit from Zdeno Chara in the opening minute, as Chara got retribution for the big hit Nash leveled David Krejci with in Game 1. It's safe to say the Bruins aren't going to hold back against their former teammate, who now plies his trade in a bottom-six role for Columbus.
News: Dzingel isn't in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 in Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: No injury has been mentioned in relation to Dzingel's absence, suggesting that coach John Tortorella is simply making him a healthy scratch. The trade deadline acquisition from Ottawa hasn't been earning much run in the playoffs, skating no more than 13:03 in any playoff game so far despite scoring 26 goals and 56 points in the regular season. Alexander Wennberg is taking over Dzingel's usual spot on the second line.
News: Bobrovsky will patrol the crease in Saturday's Game 2 against the Bruins in Boston, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky was rock solid during Thursday's Game 1, turning aside 34 of 37 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of this postseason due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The Russian netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team return to Columbus for Game 3 with the series knotted up at one game apiece by trying to pick up his third road victory of this postseason Saturday.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nutivaara finally resumed skating Saturday after being held off the practice sheet for more than two weeks due to an upper-body injury, but he has yet to be cleared for contact, and doesn't appear to be particularly close to rejoining the lineup. Adam Clendening will continue to fill in on the Blue Jackets' bottom pairing until Nutivaara is given the green light.
News: Panarin had an assist in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Five games, six points. It's been business as usual for Panarin so far this postseason, as he continues producing at a high level for the Cinderella Blue Jackets. His assist Thursday gives him points in all five playoff games. Game 2 will be Saturday, and it's a good bet Panarin will find his way onto the scoresheet before the final buzzer sounds.
News: Jones earned a pair of secondary assists in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: Jones is up to six points in five postseason games, but despite the solid individual numbers, the Jackets' blueliner certainly would have preferred a win over anything else Thursday. Even in a losing effort, Jones filled the stat sheet, dishing out three hits and blocking two shots, on top of his two assists. Expect more of the same from the 24-year-old when the two teams meet Saturday for Game 2.
News: Bobrovsky finished with 34 saves but allowed three goals in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Impact: The defeat is a first for Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets in these playoffs after Columbus dispatched the Lightning in four games in the first round. Trailing for most of Thursday's game, the visitors managed to take the lead in the third, scoring two quick goals in the span of 13 seconds. However, Charlie Coyle would score the next two, including the overtime winner, to give the Bruins a Game 1 victory. Bobrovsky and Co. will look to turn things around Saturday in Game 2.
News: Bobrovsky will start in goal on the road Thursday for Game 1 of the conference seminals facing the Bruins. This is based on Aaron Portzline of The Athletic noting that there will be no lineup changes from Columbus' series-clinching win over the Lightning.
Impact: Bobrovsky ranks fourth among playoff goalies with a .932 save percentage and 2.01 GAA that he crafted in the process of sweeping the Bolts -- you know, the team that tied an NHL record for regular-season wins at 62. Columbus' go-to netminder went 1-1 against the B's in the regular season, albeit with a 5.00 GAA and .852 save percentage between those two contests in early spring.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) will not play against the Bruins on Thursday for Game 1 of the conference semifinals, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nutivaara is a quality secondary scorer from the blue line, plus he can mix it up with a fair amount of hits and blocked shots, but the Blue Jackets won the final two games against the Lightning without him. Adam Clendening should continue seeing time in Nutivaara's stead, though Clendening isn't a viable fantasy option since he typically doesn't clear 10 minutes per game.
News: McQuaid (head) didn't travel to Boston with his teammates ahead of Thursday's Game 1 against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: McQuaid has been sidelined since the end of March with a suspected concussion, and there's still no telling when he might be ready to return. The gritty blueliner will need to be cleared to practice before getting the green light to rejoin the lineup, so he should be considered out indefinitely until that occurs.
News: Murray (upper body) didn't make the trip to Boston for Games 1 and 2, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The news effectively rules Murray out for the first two games of the club's second-round series versus the Bruins. The blueliner set career highs in assists (28) and points (29) during the regular season and would certainly provide some offense on a blue line that will also be without Adam McQuaid (head). Depending on the health of Markus Nutivaara (upper body), one or both of Adam Clendening and Scott Harrington figure to continue filling out the third pairing.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) joined the team for its trip to Boston for Games 1 and 2, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nutivaara was unable to suit up for the Jackets' previous two contests due to his upper-body issue, but appears to be heading in the right direction. With Ryan Murray (upper body) and Adam McQuaid (head) both staying in Columbus, the club's blue line could definitely benefit from getting Nutivaara back. If he does slot into the lineup for Game 1, it will likely be at the expense of Adam Clendening.
News: With extensive experience playing in his native Russia, Gavrikov now finds himself on Columbus' active roster ahead of the conference semifinals.
Impact: The Blue Jackets took Gavrikov in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. Listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, the left-shooting defenseman crafted five goals to complement 15 assists and a plus-48 rating through 60 games with SKA St. Petersburg this season. We fully expect the Jackets to continue rolling with their normal crop of defensemen in Round 2 of the playoffs, but Gavrikov should still benefit greatly from being exposed to the North American brand of playoff hockey.
News: Foudy was assigned to AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
Impact: The Blue Jackets selected Foudy with the 18th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He ascends from OHL London -- where he compiled 123 points (69 goals, 54 assists) in 127 games -- to help the Monsters make a run at the Calder Cup. As with most first-round picks, Foudy is worth keeping tabs on as a potential dynasty stash for fantasy pools.
News: Dalpe was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Impact: Dalpe figures to link up with the Monsters for the Calder Cup Playoffs, though he could find himself back with the Jackets as an emergency depth option once the second-round begins. Even if the center is with Columbus, he is unlikely to see any ice time barring a run of injuries.
News: Bjorkstrand registered a goal and an assist to go with a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning to complete the series sweep.
Impact: Bjorkstrand was instrumental in helping Columbus to its first-ever postseason series win. With two goals and two assists apiece, he's averaging a point per game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Bjorkstrand and Co. now awaiting the winner of the Toronto-Boston series.
News: Duchene scored an empty-net goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4.
Impact: He lit the lamp in three straight games as the Jackets completed a historic sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners. Duchene heads into the second round with an impressive three goals and seven points in four games, and Columbus fans should have few regrets now about the price GM Jarmo Kekalainen paid to acquire him at the trade deadline.
News: Jones scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4.
Impact: The stud blueliner wraps up Columbus' stunning first-round sweep of Tampa with two goals and two helpers in four games, with all but one of the goals coming with the man advantage. Jones figures to be a big part of the Jackets' attack when they take on either the Bruins or Leafs in the second round.
News: Texier scored two goals -- one on the power play and one into an empty net -- in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Impact: The rookie opened the scoring just 2:26 into the game, firing the puck past a screened Andrei Vasilevskiy, to set the tone for the Jackets as they shockingly swept the Presidents' Trophy winners. Texier also picked up a power-play assist in Game 3 for his only scoring of the first round, and the 19-year-old will look to continue supplying a spark for Columbus when they face either Boston or Toronto in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
News: Dubois scored a goal and added two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series.
Impact: The second-year forward was a beast as the Jackets completed a shocking sweep. After being held off the scoresheet in the first three games, Dubois was in on the club's first two goals Tuesday as well as Oliver Bjorkstrand's game-winner late in the second period. Dubois will carry that momentum into a second-round clash with either the Bruins or Leafs.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 30 of 33 shots in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4.
Impact: Despite the seemingly lopsided score, the netminder was the difference in the game -- the Jackets' final three goals were all scored into an empty net, and Bob made numerous huge saves in the second and third periods when the Bolts were throwing everything they had at him. The 30-year-old can now lay claim to being the first goalie to sweep the regular-season champs in the first round of the playoffs during the expansion era, a huge performance from a player who was better known for his postseason failures until now. Bobrovsky will carry a 2.01 GAA and .932 save percentage into a second-round clash with either the Bruins or Leafs.
News: Bobrovsky will guard the goal in Tuesday's Game 4 against Tampa Bay in Columbus, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky has been fantastic thus far this series, picking up three straight victories while posting an outstanding 1.67 GAA and .940 save percentage over that span. The 30-year-old netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals by completing the sweep of the Lightning at home Tuesday.
News: Dubinsky (concussion) will take part in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Lightning, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Dubinsky cleared the league's concussion protocol after Game 3 and was expected to play Tuesday after receiving that evaluation. He should remain on the fourth line alongside Boone Jenner and Riley Nash after coach John Tortorella declared no lineup changes.
News: Nutivaara (undisclosed) won't return to the lineup against the Lightning on Tuesday, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Coach John Tortorella will stick with his Game 3 lineups, which means Nutivaara will miss his second game due to his undisclosed injury. The Finn averaged 21:36 of ice time in the first two games of the series and should continue eating up big minutes was given the all-clear. Adam Clendening figures to continue deputizing in Nutivaara's stead.
News: McQuaid (head) isn't in the projected lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against Pittsburgh.
Impact: McQuaid has been sidelined since March 30 due to a head injury and the Blue Jackets have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for his recovery. Either way, the veteran blueliner only totaled seven points in 50 appearances during the regular season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his availability.
News: Dubinsky (concussion) successfully passed league protocol following Game 3 but will be re-evaluated Tuesday ahead of Game 4, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The forward declared himself "ready to rock" when speaking to the media Monday, a clear sign Dubinsky has little doubt he'll be good to go for what could be a series-clinching game for Columbus. He was forced to depart Sunday after being involved in a collision with Tampa defenseman, Braydon Coburn.
News: Nutivaara was absent from Monday's practice session with an undisclosed injury, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Nutivaara was on the receiving end of a hit from Nikita Kucherov, which saw the Russian winger suspended for one game. The fact that coach John Tortorella was unable to provide an update on Nutivaara doesn't bode well for the blueliner to return to the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 versus Tampa Bay after previously missing Game 3 on Sunday.
News: Dalpe was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Monday.
Impact: Dalpe had a great season in the AHL, racking up 55 points in 55 games for the Cleveland. He played one game in the NHL this season, collecting an assist. With no injuries to the forward group and a 3-0 series lead, Dalpe likely won't see the ice anytime soon.
News: Atkinson scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Lightning in Game 3 of their first-round series.
Impact: The 29-year-old winger is coming off a 41-goal regular season and hasn't missed a beat in the playoffs, scoring two goals and an assist through three games. Atkinson figures to be heavily involved in the Jackets' attack again Tuesday as they look to complete a stunning sweep of the Bolts on home ice.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 30 of 31 shots in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Lightning in Game 3.
Impact: The 30-year-old was in Vezina-winning form once again, stonewalling a desperate Bolts squad for 20 minutes before the Jackets took control of the game in the second period. Bobrovsky now has a 1.67 GAA and .940 save percentage.
News: Nutivaara will be a healthy scratch for Game 3 on Sunday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: In the first two games of the series, Nutivaara had just one shot on goal and a plus-1 rating. It's unclear whether or not he'll draw back into the lineup for Tuesday's game. Adam Clendening will replace him for Sunday's contest.
News: McQuaid (head) will not be in Sunday's lineup against the Lightning, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: As he's expected to have a concussion, McQuaid's return is still a bit of a mystery. He has no clear timetable to get back to action but his next chance will be Tuesday for Game 4.
News: Bobrovsky will draw the start against Tampa Bay in Sunday's Game 3 matchup, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky has been brilliant over the last five periods of hockey, allowing just one goal on 40 shots during that span. He turned aside 23-of-24 in Game 2's shocking blowout victory. He'll need to be at the top of his game again as the Lightning are sure to come out firing with their backs against the wall.
News: Gavrikov signed a two-year, entry-level contract Saturday.
Impact: Gavrikov spent the last two seasons playing for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, notching 34 points in 110 contests. The 2015 sixth-round pick will undoubtedly require significant practice time to get acclimated to the North American brand of hockey, but it isn't inconceivable that he'll make his NHL debut at some point this postseason.
News: General manager Jarmo Kekalainen didn't have an update on Murray's (upper body) status ahead of Sunday's Game 3, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kekalainen's lack of update makes it safe to assume that Murray should still be considered out indefinitely with his upper-body injury. The 25-year-old blueliner hasn't tasted game action since mid-February and still has no clear-cut timetable for his return to the lineup.
News: McQuaid (head) is still without a return timetable, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Speaking to the media Saturday, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen offered no update on McQuaid, as the Columbus defenseman remains sidelined with a suspected concussion. Kekalainen's words essentially rule out a Game 3 return for McQuaid, who has already missed the series' first two games
News: Savard recorded a game-high six blocked shots while adding one shot, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: While the veteran blueliner didn't make an impact at the offensive end, he was a huge part of a shutdown defensive effort by the Jackets in front of Sergei Bobrovsky. Savard tied with his partner Markus Nutivaara to lead all skaters in even-strength ice time at 21:41, and the duo should continue to draw a heavy workload as the series shifts to Columbus on Sunday, with the Jackets shockingly up 2-0.
News: Werenski scored a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- while adding two shots, a blocked shot, a hit, a five-minute fighting major and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: The game got increasingly physical as the Bolts got more frustrated, and just a few minutes after Werenski scored a first-period tally he got into a scrap with Brayden Point -- the first fight of the young defenseman's NHL career. Werenski has notched three points (one goal, two helpers), all with the man advantage, to help the Jackets jump out to a 2-0 lead, with the series now shifting back to Columbus on Sunday.
News: Panarin scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning.
Impact: His third-period goal was an absolute beauty, as Panarin finished of a tic-tac-toe passing sequence from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matt Duchene for his first tally of the postseason. Panarin and Columbus will take a shocking 2-0 series lead back home Sunday.
News: Duchene scored a goal and added three assists in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: The tally, and one of the helpers, came on the power play. Duchene set a Jackets playoff record with the four-point explosion, and while he had an up-and-down regular-season stint for the club, he may have justified his trade-deadline price tag with this performance. Duchene and Columbus will take a shocking 2-0 series lead back home Sunday.
News: Bobrovsky stopped 23 of 24 shots in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.
Impact: The netminder got plenty of support both offensively and defensively, as the Jackets blocked 16 shots in front of him -- including six by David Savard alone -- but Bobrovsky was up to the task when he needed to be, keeping the Bolts off the board until the third period. The Jackets have shocked the hockey world so far, and the team will take a 2-0 series back to Columbus on Sunday -- the same scenario it was in last year, before the Caps flipped the switch and roared to a Stanley Cup championship.
News: Bobrovsky will start between the pipes for Friday's matchup with the Lightning, Corey Long of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky made 26 saves in Columbus' 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1, including 17 straight after his team fell behind 3-0. Needless to say, the Russian will face another tough assignment against this Lightning team -- Tampa Bay claimed the best goals-per-game average in the regular season (3.89).
News: Clendening, as expected, was promoted from AHL Cleveland on Friday.
Impact: Clendening figures to continue to serve as an emergency depth option for the Jackets and is unlikely to factor into the lineup. Once Adam McQuaid (head) or Ryan Murray (upper body) is cleared to play, Clendening figures to stay down in the minors for the rest of the AHL season.
News: Clendening was sent down to AHL Cleveland on Thursday.
Impact: Clendening's promotion prior to Game 1 versus the Lightning on Wednesday was likely under emergency conditions, which means the blueliner is required to be demoted after not suiting up. The Niagara Falls native will almost certainly be officially brought back up ahead of Game 2 on Friday in order to provide emergency depth with Adam McQuaid (head) and Ryan Murray (upper body) unavailable.
News: Jones scored the game-winning goal on the power play during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: The 24-year-old continues to make a habit of scoring clutch goals -- 11 of his 39 regular-season tallies for Columbus have been game-winners -- but his third-period goal in this one was his biggest yet. Jones now has two goals and 12 points in 18 career postseason games, and he'll likely need to keep coming up big if the Jackets are going to stage an improbable upset in this series.
News: Anderson scored a short-handed goal and added an assist at even strength during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Lightning in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: After collecting the lone helper on Nick Foligno's goal in the second period to begin the Jackets' comeback from a 3-0 deficit, Anderson tied the score midway through the third with his shortie. The 24-year-old now has three goals and seven points in 12 career postseason games.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 26 of 29 shots during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Lightning in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Impact: It looked like Bobrovsky was being haunted by the Ghosts of Playoff Failures Past after a shaky first period that saw the Bolts jump out to a 3-0 lead, but after he made a huge stop on a point-blank shot by Nikita Kucherov to kick off the second period, the entire momentum of the game began to change. If the Jackets are going to pull off a massive upset in this series, they'll need Bobrovsky to continue standing tall and playing with the confidence he showed here in the final 40 minutes. He'll be back between the pipes for Game 2 on Friday in Tampa Bay.
News: Bobrovsky will start in goal against host Tampa Bay on Wednesday for Game 1 of the conference quarterfinals, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky's playoff record is suspect, as he's 5-14 with a 3.49 GAA and .891 save percentage in 24 such outings. The Lightning are also the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup, so use Bob at your own risk in fantasy playoff settings.
News: Murray (upper body) stayed back in Columbus as the team traveled to Tampa Bay for Games 1 and 2, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Murray wasn't expected to be ready for the start of the first round, but the fact that he isn't able to join the team on the road raises serious concerns about whether he will be able to return at all in the playoffs. Adam Clendening was recalled from AHL Cleveland in order to add some extra depth on the blue line with Murray and Adam McQuaid (head) both unavailable.
News: Clendening was promoted from AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: Clendening will serve as the team's seventh defenseman for the first two games of the opening-round series against the Lightning. Although there's no guarantee he will draw in, the blueliner will at least be on hand should he be needed. Clendening doesn't have a boatload of experience under his belt and he's never drawn into an NHL playoff game.
News: McQuaid (head) didn't travel with the team for Games 1 and 2 versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Friday, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: While McQuaid is still expected to be out long term, the fact that he didn't make the trip confirms he will miss the next two games. At this point, the blueliner could be facing the prospect of missing the postseason entirely and should be considered doubtful at best when the club returns to Columbus for Games 3 and 4. In order to bolster their blue-line depth, the Jackets promoted Adam Clendening from AHL Cleveland.
News: McQuaid (head) has not shown signs of progress in his recovery, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: McQuaid last played on Mar. 28, and considering his slow recovery, the defenseman will likely start the playoffs on the shelf. Columbus' first game against the Lightning in Round 1 comes Wednesday.
News: Murray (upper body) remains out indefinitely for the playoffs, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Blue Jackets' first playoff game is Wednesday versus the Lightning, but there isn't much optimism that he will be back soon. Murray has missed the last 24 games with this upper-body injury. His return would bolster the blue line, as Murray had a goal and 28 assists in 56 games this season. He'll need to be activated from injured reserve before he can re-enter the lineup.
News: Panarin dished out two assists in Saturday's win over the Senators.
Impact: The Blue Jackets won seven of the last eight games to secure a wild-card bid, and Panarin played a huge role. During that stretch, he scored three goals and added eight assists to extend his career high to 87 points. The squad will need similar production in the first round if it wants to take down the top-seeded Lightning.
News: The Blue Jackets reassigned Clendening to AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Clendening was a healthy scratch in both games during this NHL stint, but he provided depth to an injured blue line. For now, he'll assist AHL Cleveland in a playoff push. He may be recalled for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener versus the Lightning on Wednesday.
News: Bjorkstrand scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Senators.
Impact: The 23-year-old sniper was on fire down the stretch as the Jackets pushed for the playoffs, scoring nine goals and 11 points in the last 10 games. Bjorkstrand's 23 goals on the season were a career high, but he'll need to carry that momentum deeper into April if the Jackets are going to advance past a first-round clash with the Lightning.
News: Texier scored a goal in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Senators.
Impact: Incredibly enough, it's the first point by a Blue Jackets rookie all season. Texier didn't look out of place in his first two NHL games, and coach John Tortorella intimated after Saturday's contest that there would be room for the 19-year-old on Columbus' playoff roster, according to Alison Lukan of The Athletic. If the team is going to pull off a stunning first-round upset against the Lightning, Texier could be just the spark they need.
News: Dubois scored two goals in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Senators.
Impact: The 20-year-old wraps up his second NHL season with a solid 27 goals, 61 points and a plus-16 rating while playing all 82 games for the second straight campaign. Dubois may never be an elite scorer, but he's quickly developing into the heart of the Blue Jackets' roster while still more than holding his own in a top-six role.
News: Korpisalo stopped 27 of 29 shots in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Senators.
Impact: The 24-year-old wraps up his season with a 10-7-3 record, 2.95 GAA and .897 save percentage, mediocre numbers by any standard. Korpisalo will now take a back seat to Sergei Bobrovsky for the Jackets' playoff run, but his role in 2019-20 hinges on whether the front office can re-sign Bob over the summer.
News: Korpisalo will guard the goal in Saturday's road game against the Senators, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Korpisalo struggled in his last start March 21 against the Oilers, surrendering four goals on 22 shots en route to a 4-1 defeat. The Finnish backstop will look to end the regular season in style by picking up his 10th win of the campaign in a road matchup with a middling Ottawa offense that's averaging 3.08 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 16th in the NHL.
News: Texier generated two hits and three empty shots on goal in his NHL debut Friday -- en route to a 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers.
Impact: Texier saw 11:49 of ice time, and while the Frenchman missed the scoresheet, Columbus' second-round (45th overall) pick from 2017 can take pride in the fact that he participated in a key contest that resulted in the Jackets clinching a playoff berth.
News: Savard picked up two assists in Friday's 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers.
Impact: The victory clinched a playoff spot for the Jackets, so Savard picked a good time for his first multi-point game of the season. The blueliner is heading into the postseason with a bit of momentum, racking up four goals and seven points in his last 11 games, but his stay-at-home role typically puts a ceiling on his fantasy value.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 25 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime, and all three attempts he saw in the shootout, in Friday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Win No. 37 on the season for Bobrovsky was a sweet one, as it clinched a playoff spot for the club. The Jackets close out their regular season Saturday against the Senators, and while coach John Tortorella could give his top netminder some much-needed rest, a win could also vault Columbus ahead of Carolina into the first wild-card spot -- and allow the team to avoid a first-round matchup with Tampa Bay.