Columbus Blue Jackets Player News: All Positions

News: Nyquist picked up an assist in Monday's win over the Capitals.
Impact: The veteran winger got the ball rolling on a 5-2 victory early in the first period, zipping the puck towards the net for Cam Atkinson to tip into the top corner. Nyquist snapped a brief four-game point drought with the helper, and he now has seven goals and 19 points through 30 games to begin his first season in Columbus.
News: Murray scored his second goal of the season in Monday's win over the Capitals.
Impact: The blueliner took a feed from Eric Robinson and wired it home behind Braden Holtby in the second period, giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead en route to a 5-2 win. Murray failed to hit the scoresheet at all in eight games during November, but he already has two points (a goal and a helper) in four December contests.
News: Nash scored his second goal of the season in Monday's win over the Capitals.
Impact: Picking up the puck in the corner on the forecheck, Nash flipped it towards the front of the net, only for his "shot" to somehow find twine after deflecting off Braden Holtby. The veteran center hadn't scored a point in almost a month, seeing four healthy scratches in addition to seven games with a goose egg on the scoresheet. Nash remains far from the fantasy radar with seven points in 25 games on the year.
News: Robinson picked up an assist in Monday's win over the Capitals.
Impact: The winger set up Ryan Murray in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory. Robinson scored three goals in four games after being called up Nov. 9, but he hadn't found the scoresheet since until Monday's helper. The 24-year-old should continue to bounce between the fourth line and the press box.
News: Atkinson scored two goals in Monday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Impact: He opened the scoring early in the first period by tipping a Gustav Nyquist pass into the top corner, then ended it by putting a bank shot into the empty net late in the third. Atkinson has struggled under the weight of being the Jackets' primary sniper this season, and he now has seven goals and 18 points through 30 games -- a far cry from the 41 goals and 69 points he piled up last year.
News: Korpisalo turned aside 37 shots in Monday's 5-2 win over the Capitals.
Impact: He made some of his biggest stops in the second period, when the Caps overshot the Jackets 15-6 and Korpisalo denied all 15 to preserve a 2-0 lead. It's his first win in three December starts, but Korpisalo hasn't given up more than three goals in any of his last six games as he continues to give his club a chance every night. On the season, he's now 12-10-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .903 save percentage.
News: Bemstrom (upper body) won't suit up for Monday's matchup against the Capitals, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The 20-year-old winger suffered this injury during Saturday's loss to the Panthers, and it'll allow Alexander Wennberg to re-enter the lineup. Bemstrom has performed well in his first NHL season, registering nine points over 28 games while averaging 10:47 of ice time. The rookie will aim to return for Thursday's matchup against the Penguins.
News: Korpisalo will patrol the road crease in Monday's contest against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Korpisalo has lost three of his last four starts, recording an .889 save percentage and 2.80 GAA during that stretch. The 25-year-old will get a shot to get back on track, though, as he'll draw a difficult test. The Capitals have averaged 3.61 goals per game -- third in the league -- and converted on 24.5 percent of power-play opportunities.
News: Merzlikins made 23 saves Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Florida. He allowed three goals.
Impact: Elvis is still waiting to record his first NHL win -- he's 0-4-3 so far. The lovable Latvian plays hard, but hasn't been able to catch a break this season. No need to consider Merzlikins for fantasy use right now.
News: Bemstrom (upper body) left and won't return to Saturday's game versus the Panthers.
Impact: Bemstrom was crosschecked near the end of the second period and forced to leave the game as a result. He played 7:18 before departing. Expect the Blue Jackets to issue an update on his status after Saturday's contest. Columbus' next game goes down Monday when it faces the Capitals in Washington.
News: Merzlikins will start Saturday's game in Florida, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Merzlikins is still in search of his first NHL win, and he'll be tasked with trying to halt a three-game Blue Jackets losing streak. A top-five Panthers offense that's scoring 3.44 goals per game won't make life easy for the rookie goaltender.
News: The Blue Jackets placed Werenski (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday.
Impact: Werenski isn't expected to return until late December at the earliest, so this announcement doesn't come as a surprise. Dean Kukan is expected to take on a larger role while Werenski, who's notched six goals and 16 points in 26 games this campaign, is on the shelf.
News: Korpisalo made 16 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: The ice was heavily titled into the New York end -- Columbus fired 47 shots at Alexandar Georgiev. Korpisalo only faced 19 and sometimes it's hard to stay focused with that little work. He's 1-3 in his last four starts.
News: Korpisalo will be between the pipes at home versus the Rangers on Thursday, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Korpisalo registered a 2.71 GAA and .900 save percentage in his last three outings on the way to a 1-2-0 record. The young netminder needs just five more wins to match his career high of 16 from 2015-16. The Finn will look to bounce back with a win over a Rangers squad that is averaging just 29.2 shots (sixth-fewest in the league).
News: Milano recorded an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Milano remains bogged down in a 14-game goalless streak, but he has picked up two helpers in his last four outings. The winger got a look on the top line Tuesday and saw 2:08 of ice time with the man advantage. If he can maintain these two roles, the New York native could continue writing his name on the scoresheet.
News: Texier scored a goal on one shot versus Arizona on Tuesday.
Impact: Texier ended a five-game pointless streak with his fourth goal of the season. The center logged over 15 minutes for the first time since Nov. 15, a stretch of seven games, and he may be working his way back into coach John Tortorella's good graces. Given how streaky his scoring has been this year, fantasy owners may want to wait a little before inserting Texier into their lineups.
News: Kukan scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: The defenseman had yet to light the lamp in 62 career NHL games coming into Tuesday, but you'd never know it based on his first goal -- Kukan took a cross-ice pass from Sonny Milano as he skated in from the blue line, then sniped the top corner over Darcy Kuemper's shoulder with a wicked wrist shot from the circle. With Zach Werenski (shoulder) sidelined, the Jackets are still trying to determine their best power-play alignments, and Kukan manned the point with Ryan Murray on the second unit in this one. Given his success, expect him to keep seeing time with the man advantage despite his limited offensive resume.
News: Korpisalo stopped 24 of 27 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Impact: Arizona's final goal was scored into an empty net. Korpisalo did his best work in the third period, making some huge saves to keep the game close, but the Jackets weren't able to come back from a two-goal deficit. The 25-year-old looked strong in November, going 6-4-0 through 10 starts with a 2.31 GAA and .919 save percentage, but he didn't find the same kind of success to kick off December.
News: Korpisalo will defend the blue paint during Tuesday's home clash with the Coyotes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Korpisalo played well in his last start Friday against the Penguins, stopping 29 of 31 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. The 25-year-old Finn will look to stay sharp in a tough home matchup with an Arizona team that's 8-3-3 on the road this year.
News: Peeke was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Monday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Peeke was called up with Zach Werenski (shoulder) out for several weeks. The 21-year-old blueliner has five goals and 12 points in 21 games with AHL Cleveland. He'll likely be an insurance body for the time being.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) practiced with a no-contact jersey Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Following a report by Portzline on Sunday revealing there was no clear timeline for Nutivaara's return, the 24-year-old defenseman has made his next step in recovery. Nutivaara needs to elevate to full participation before being reinserted into the lineup, but it's realistic to project him to return within the next week or so. It comes at a crucial time since Zach Werenski (shoulder) is expected to miss four weeks.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) still has no clear timeline to return, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unlikely Nutivaara returns to the lineup this week, and his absence became more damaging following the report that Zach Werenski (shoulder) will miss the next four weeks. Nutivaara hasn't played since Nov. 5, and he's recorded two goals and zero assists through 10 contests.
News: Werenski (shoulder) will be out for four weeks.
Impact: Werenski exited Saturday's game against the Islanders after running into the Blue Jackets' net and didn't return. The injury is significant, and while the four-week timetable is approximate, he's not expected to return until Dec. 29 against the Blackhawks. The 22-year-old blueliner has accrued six goals and 16 points -- seven on the power play -- through 26 games, and Ryan Murray stands to be the top left-handed defenseman in his stead.
News: Merzlikins stopped 25 shots in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: The rookie netminder looked much more composed and gave the Jackets arguably his best performance of the season -- he had little chance on either goal, and made some big saves to keep his team within striking distance -- but Merzlikins remains winless on the year at 0-3-3. Remove his brutal seven-goal NHL debut from the equation, and the 25-year-old has a solid 2.68 GAA and .911 save percentage over his last six games.
News: Werenski (upper body) left Saturday's game against the Islanders and will not return.
Impact: Werenski appeared to hurt his shoulder while colliding into the Blue Jackets' net in the first period. It remains to be seen how significant the injury is, but it did not look good when it happened and could force Werenski to miss time. Columbus' next game is Tuesday at home against the Coyotes.
News: Merzlikins is expected to start Saturday against the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Merzlikins is still seeking his first NHL win, but the 25-year-old notched his first victory on North American soil in the minors Tuesday. With the Blue Jackets playing their second game in as many nights, Merzlikins will get another shot to achieve the feat. Merzlikins will take on a slumping Islanders squad, which has endured three straight losses and scored just two goals in that span.
News: Anderson recorded an assist, five shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Anderson had gone empty in 13 straight games entering Friday, but he got on the scoresheet with an assist on Gustav Nyquist's empty-net goal. He's at just three points this season, and the other two came in the same game, a 7-4 loss to the Flyers on Oct. 26. Anderson has added 45 hits and 45 shots on goal in 19 contests, but there's no doubt it's been a disappointing follow-up to his 47-point breakout last year.
News: Savard collected an assist and a game-high seven hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: It was a chippy game, which suits Savard's playing style fairly well. He got on the scoresheet with an assist on the empty-net goal by Gustav Nyquist. Savard only has four assists in 25 games, but he's added 50 hits and 47 blocked shots as well. His physical presence and defensive responsibility makes Savard a staple in coach John Tortorella's lineup.
News: Wennberg notched a power-play helper in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Wennberg set up Nick Foligno's second tally of the contest at 15:09 of the second period. He's been a bit thin on offense this year, with nine points through 25 games. However, the Swedish center has posted three assists in his last six games. Nonetheless, he's safe to leave off fantasy rosters -- Wennberg has 37 shots on goal, seven hits and 13 blocked shots on the year, which isn't enough non-scoring production to make up for the lack of offense.
News: Bjorkstrand registered an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Bjorkstrand saw a shot attempt in the first period deflect off Gustav Nyquist and into the net behind Tristan Jarry. The Danish winger extended his point streak to six games and nine points with the helper. Bjorkstrand has 15 points and 69 shots on goal in 25 contests this season. While he's known for being a bit streaky, his current scoring pace has him on track to top his career high of 40 points that he set in 2017-18.
News: Jones collected an assist and two blocked shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Jones delivered the secondary assist on a Nick Foligno power-play goal in the second period. For the year, six of Jones' 15 points have come with the man advantage. The 25-year-old defenseman has added 53 shots on goal and 57 blocked shots in 25 appearances.
News: Dubois notched a power-play assist and two PIM in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Dubois set up Gustav Nyquist's second tally of the game at 2:52 of the second period. The 21-year-old is showing that last year's 61-point breakout campaign was no fluke -- he has 18 points through 25 contests in 2019-20. He's also added 60 shots on goal and 19 PIM.
News: Werenski picked up a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: The assist was Werenski's 100th in his career, and 10th this season. He's at 16 points in 25 contests -- seven of which have come on the power play. It's been a productive November for the blueliner, who has three goals and seven helpers in 13 games.
News: Foligno scored two goals, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Foligno did it all himself on his first tally, intercepting Evgeni Malkin's back-pass and beating Tristan Jarry to restore a one-goal lead for the Blue Jackets. Foligno then scored with the man advantage to stretch the lead to 4-1. The captain has 11 points, 41 shots on goal and 69 hits through 22 contests. His second goal of the game was his third power-play point this season.
News: Nyquist posted a hat trick, seven shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins.
Impact: Nyquist scored once in each period. He deflected an Oliver Bjorkstrand shot in for the opening goal, then struck on the power play in the second before adding the empty-netter to seal the win. Nyquist is now up to seven goals and 18 points in 25 games this season. The Swedish winger seems set to challenge his career high of 60 points from 2018-19. He's been held off the scoresheet only once in the last six games.
News: Korpisalo made 29 saves on 31 shots in a 5-2 win over the Penguins on Friday.
Impact: Korpisalo was supported by a Gustav Nyquist hat trick and a pair of goals by Nick Foligno. The Finnish goalie improved to 11-8-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .902 save percentage through 20 starts. While the ratios are unremarkable, Korpisalo starts a large majority of the games for the Blue Jackets, although Elvis Merzlikins will likely get the nod Saturday versus the Islanders.
News: Korpisalo will start Friday's game against the Penguins, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Korpisalo had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Flyers in his last start, so he'll hope to start a new streak against the other team from Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's scoring 3.52 goals per game after Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Canucks, so Korpisalo's owners should consider alternatives in this 12-game slate.
News: Korpisalo made 19 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Flyers.
Impact: The 25-year-old didn't play badly, but he couldn't come up with a big stop when he needed to on a night when the Jackets carried the play. The loss ended a four-game win streak for Korpisalo, and through nine starts in November he sports a 5-4-0 record with a strong 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage.
News: Korpisalo will return to the crease Wednesday against the Flyers, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Impact: Korpisalo comes in hot on the heels of his second career shutout in Monday's 1-0 win over Ottawa. He'll take on a Flyers team that's scored more than two goals only twice in its last seven games.
News: Kivlenieks was sent back down to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Impact: Kivlenieks didn't appear in a game during his short stint with the big club, so he's yet to appear in an NHL game. Elvis Merzlikins was recalled in a corresponding move.
News: Merzlikins was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Impact: Merzlikins' demotion was always expected to be temporary, so it comes as no surprise that he's back up with the big club. The rookie backup is still searching for his first NHL win, as he's 0-2-3 with a 3.54 GAA and .890 save percentage through six appearances. Columbus has a back-to-back set coming up Friday and Saturday, so look for Merzlikins to start one of those games.
News: Columbus assigned Merzlikins to AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: The Blue Jackets are only making this move to give Merzlikins the opportunity to make a few starts over the next few days, so he'll be back with the big club sooner rather than later.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Kivlenieks from AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: Columbus sent Elvis Merzlikins to AHL Cleveland in a corresponding move, so Kivlenieks will serve as Joonas Korpisalo's backup for the foreseeable future. However, he likely won't get any starts during his time with the big club, which could come to an end ahead of Saturday's matchup with the Islanders if the Jackets don't want Korpisalo to make back-to-back starts. The 23-year-old has posted a 2.51 GAA and .903 save percentage in nine AHL appearances this season.
News: Bjorkstrand scored the only goal in Monday's 1-0 win over the Senators.
Impact: His hand-eye coordination was on full display, as Bjorkstrand tipped a chest-high wrister off the point from Zach Werenski into the back of the net. The fifth-year winger is red hot, scoring two goals and seven points in the last four games, but on the season Bjorkstrand has only 13 points (six goals, seven helpers) in 23 contests.
News: Korpisalo turned aside all 25 shots in Monday's 1-0 win over the Senators.
Impact: The 25-year-old was locked in a goaltending duel with Craig Anderson until Oliver Bjorkstrand gave the Jackets the lead early in the third period, and Korpisalo made it hold up. It's his first shutout of the season and the second of his career, with the other coming back in 2016-17. He's won four straight starts and five of six, and on the year Korpisalo is 10-7-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .902 save percentage.
News: Foudy picked up a goal and an assist in OHL London's 4-0 shutout of Erie on Sunday.
Impact: Foudy is raging hot. He has eight points in his last four games and has been held off the score sheet just once in his first 14 appearances this season. Columbus's 2016 first-rounder (18th overall) is clearly over the upper-body injury he suffered in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.
News: Sherwood skated for the first time Monday since suffering his oblique injury, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sherwood is still expected to be out until at least mid-December, but getting back on the ice is certainly a step in the right direction. Even once cleared to play, the natural center is far from a lock for the lineup and likely will find himself heading back to AHL Cleveland before long.
News: Korpisalo will protect the home cage in Monday's matchup against the Senators, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Impact: Korpisalo's coming off three straight wins, although he posted an overall .906 save percentage in that span. The Finnish netminder stays ahead of Elvis Merlikins as the Blue Jackets' starter for now, but he'll need to improve his season-long .897 mark. The Senators won't make it easy. They aren't the bottom dwellers they were last year, as they've won five of their last six outings and averaged three goals per game in that span.
News: Bjorkstrand dished out two assists in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: That's three straight games in which Bjorkstrand has registered two points. He helped set up power-play goals by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gustav Nyquist on Saturday for his fifth multi-point game of November. Bjorkstrand, 24, scored a career-high 23 goals a year ago and seems to be heating up again.
News: Jones scored a power-play goal on his two shots and blocked a pair of shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Jones struck in the second period for his second goal of the season and first since Oct. 19, ending a 13-game goal drought. The 25-year-old has points in five of his last seven games, accounting for six points in that time. Jones' shooting percentage (2.2) is his lowest since joining Columbus in 2015-16. If he can prop that up a bit, he should be a safe bet to land somewhere between 40 and 50 points once again.
News: Nyquist scored a power-play goal on three shots in a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday.
Impact: Nyquist found the net with the man advantage in the second period to briefly give Columbus a 3-2 lead. It was his fourth goal of the year and first in the last six games. The first-year Blue Jacket has picked up a point in each of his last three games and is now up to 14 points in 22 games.
News: Dubois scored a power-play goal on four shots and had two PIM in a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday.
Impact: Dubois opened the scoring early in the first period with his 10th goal of the year and his first with the man advantage. He extended his point streak to four games and has registered four goals and six points during that stretch. The 21-year-old is on a pace that would net him his first 30-goal campaign.
News: Merzlikins gave up four goals on 31 shots in a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday.
Impact: The 25-year-old was making his first start since Nov. 12 and stayed winless on the season, falling to 0-3-3. With a 3.54 GAA and .890 save percentage in his six appearances this season, Merzlikins likely hasn't show enough to bump Joonas Korpisalo from the starting role.
News: Merzlikins will start in the road crease for Saturday's matchup against the Jets, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Merzlikins will make his first start since Nov. 12 against the Canadiens, as starter Joonas Korpisalo has gone on a three-game win streak since then. The rookie is still seeking his first NHL victory, and he has an .894 overall save percentage thus far. The Jets, on the other hand, rank 25th in the league with 2.70 goals per game and 22nd with a 16.2 power-play percentage.
News: Werenski dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: The surging blueliner has three goals and four assists in his past five games, picking up at least one point in each. Not only is his slow start behind him, but Werenski is now on pace for 23 goals and 51 points, both of which would be career highs.
News: Jones dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: Jones capitalized on this favorable matchup against arguably the worst team in the NHL, delivering his first multi-point outing of the season. While his production has been spread out, Jones is still on pace to top 40 points for the fourth consecutive campaign, as he has 12 points through 21 games.
News: Bjorkstrand scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
Impact: Bjorkstrand's two points came in a 1:03 span, as Columbus turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the blink of an eye in the third period. With five goals in 21 games, Bjorkstrand's on pace to come up a few goals short of last season's 23.
News: Atkinson recorded a power-play goal and an assist at even strength in Thursday's 5-4 win over Detroit.
Impact: The goal was just Atkinson's fourth in 21 games, and this was his first multi-point game of the season. No Blue Jacket has been hurt more by the offseason exodus of top-end talent from the team, as Atkinson has been utterly unable to replicate the magic of last season's 41-goal campaign without quality passers to set him up. Still, there's some buy-low potential here, as the career 11.5 percent shooter is only converting at a 5.3 percent rate, even after scoring against the Red Wings.
News: Korpisalo made 22 saves in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Red Wings.
Impact: This wasn't Korpisalo's finest performance, but the offense bailed him out en route to the Finnish netminder's third consecutive win. He's locked in as Columbus' starting netminder despite a GAA hanging around 3.00, as backup Elvis Merzlikins has a 3.43 GAA and .894 save percentage in five appearances. There are better goaltending situations to target out there, though Korpisalo's volume makes him a reliable option in points leagues.
News: Korpisalo will get the starting nod at home versus Detroit on Thursday, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Impact: Korpisalo is riding a two-game winning streak and will look to extend his run of form against a Red Wings squad that is scoring a meager 2.35 goals per game (lowest in the league). The netminder has watched from the bench in just four of the team's 20 outings this season and is on pace to log over 60 games this year.
News: Foligno is available for Thursday's meeting with Detroit having served his three-game suspension.
Impact: Foligno should be back in a top-six role heading into Thursday's game, along with resume his place on the power play. Prior to his ban, the winger was bogged down in a 14-game goalless streak, during which he notched four assists, 21 shots and 32 hits. Eric Robinson figures to be relegated to the press box with Foligno in the lineup.
News: Hannikainen was demoted to AHL Cleveland on Wednesday.
Impact: Hannikainen has yet to appear in a game for the Blue Jackets this season, instead watching from the press box when up with the big club. With Nick Foligno available following his three-game suspension, Hannikainen was unlikely to play versus Detroit on Thursday anyway. While the 26-year-old figures to remain atop the list of potential call-ups throughout the year but is unlikely to log significant minutes in the NHL unless a couple of injuries pop up.
News: Bjorkstrand notched two assists, including one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: The undersized winger also threw his weight around, so to speak, with a season-high five hits. Bjorkstrand has three multi-point outings in November, but that's his only offensive production in the last 15 games, and on the year he has just four goals and eight points in 20 contests.
News: Bemstrom scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: His third-period tally proved to be the game-winner, although Bemstrom didn't deserve a lot of credit for it -- his backhand attempt flew well over the crossbar but bounced off the end glass, into the air and then into the net off Carey Price as the netminder scrambled back to try and find the puck. The rookie is looking comfortable in the NHL after a slow start, finding the scoresheet in five straight games while recording three goals and six points over that stretch.
News: Dubois scored two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: In between his own tallies, the 21-year-old helped set up Emil Bemstrom's game-winner early in the third period. Dubois has had an up-and-down season so far, but overall he's posted solid numbers with nine goals and 15 points in 20 games.
News: Korpisalo turned aside 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: The 25-year-old was outstanding after the Jackets tied it at 2-2 in the second period, making some huge stops as his offense put the game away. Korpisalo has won three of his last four starts, but on the year he still sports a mediocre 2.97 GAA and .900 save percentage to go with his 8-7-1 record.
News: Murray (knee) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Montreal, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: The oft-injured Murray only missed one game with this latest knock, as he benefited from a light schedule that's seen the Blue Jackets play only one game over the past week. Columbus' second overall pick from the 2012 draft is a serviceable contributor when he's in there, with a career average of .32 points per game played -- a 26-point pace when translated to an 82-game season.
News: Korpisalo will draw the home start Tuesday against Montreal, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Korpisalo will be faced with the unenviable task of trying to slow down a Canadiens offense that's tied for sixth league-wide with 3.50 goals per game. Montreal recently lost both Jonathan Drouin (wrist) and Paul Byron (knee) to injuries, so perhaps Korpisalo will fare better than expected as the Canadiens go through an adjustment period without two prominent contributors up front.
News: Gavrikov scored his first career goal in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues.
Impact: The rookie defenseman opened the scoring midway through the first period, slotting home a backhand shot into a gaping net after Colton Parayko's clearing attempt instead found Gavrikov's stick. The 23-year-old has just two points through 18 games as he primarily plays a stay-at-home role for the Jackets, but he's been excelling at that assignment -- Gavrikov already has 24 hits and 21 blocked shots.
News: Werenski scored the game-winner on the power play in Friday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Blues.
Impact: The young blueliner took a feed from Seth Jones and ripped a one-timer into the top shelf that Jake Allen had little chance of getting his glove on. Werenski has now found the back of the net in three straight games, and on the year he's got six goals and 10 points in 19 games.
News: Korpisalo made 25 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blues.
Impact: St. Louis grabbed a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, but Korpisalo shut the door after that and gave Columbus a chance to come back and record the win. The 25-year-old netminder had just one win in his prior six starts, and on the year he's 7-7-1 with a 3.04 GAA and .897 save percentage as he keeps a tenuous hold on the No. 1 job for the Jackets.
News: Nutivaara (upper body) remains on injured reserve ahead of Friday's matchup with St. Louis, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Nutivaara will be eligible to return whenever he's deemed fit to play, but at this point there's no telling when that might be. Another update on the 25-year-old blueliner's status should surface once he's set to rejoin the lineup.
News: Murray will not be in the lineup against St. Louis on Friday after taking a shot off his knee versus Montreal on Tuesday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murray was playing in his first outing following a six-game stint on the shelf due to a broken hand. The defender can't seem to stay healthy, which has limited him to a mere 11 contests this year. If he can avoid further extended absences, the 26-year-old could still push for the 30-point mark, something he missed by just one point last year.
News: Korpisalo will get the starting nod versus the Blues at home Friday, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Impact: Korpisalo is back in the crease after being benched for a game due to his on-ice meltdown. The netminder has struggled to find his game of late, going 1-5-0 with a 3.75 GAA and .888 save percentage in his last six appearances. If the Finn can't rediscover his form soon, he could see more starts given to backup Elvis Merzlikins.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Hannikainen from AHL Cleveland on Thursday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Hannikainen will provide some depth up front after the team placed Kole Sherwood on injured reserve Thursday due to an oblique tear. Even with his recall, Hannikainen doesn't present enough of an offensive threat to warrant fantasy ownership in most formats.
News: Sherwood will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to an oblique tear, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Sherwood received the call to the NHL in early November, but he has drawn into just three games in his second foray with the big club. Unfortunately, the winger will be forced to wait a while for his next opportunity to notch his first career NHL point. The Blue Jackets recalled Markus Hannikainen from AHL Cleveland to replace him on the active roster.
News: Werenski scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: One game after becoming the all-time leading goal-scorer among defensemen in Jackets franchise history, the fourth-year blueliner lit the lamp again, giving him five goals on the season and 43 in his brief career. Werenski has nine points through 18 games, and while his minus-8 rating leaves something to be desired, he remains a strong offensive presence for a team that needs all the offense it can get right now.
News: Merzlikins turned aside 30 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: For the third straight start -- a stretch dating back to Oct. 18 -- Merzlikins was able to earn a point for the Jackets, but the 25-year-old rookie remains winless so far in the NHL. Since getting shelled for seven goals in his first game he's looked much better, posting a 2.45 GAA and .919 save percentage in four appearances, but as yet coach John Tortorella hasn't been willing to entrust him with a bigger workload, instead giving a struggling Joonas Korpisalo multiple chances to lock down the No. 1 role. If he keeps playing well enough to keep his team in the game, though, Merzlikins' time could come.
News: Columbus reassigned Clendening to AHL Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: The Blue Jackets activated Ryan Murray (hand) off injured reserve in a corresponding move, so they're no longer in need of Clendening's services as a depth defender. The 27-year-old will return to a prominent role with Cleveland, where he's picked up seven points in 11 games this campaign.
News: Murray (hand) has been activated off injured reserve and is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday against Montreal.
Impact: Murray was originally given a 3-4 week recovery timetable in late October when he suffered a broken hand, but his rehab clearly hasn't taken nearly as long as initially expected. The 26-year-old blueliner will likely slot into a top-four role against the Canadiens.
News: Foligno has been suspended three games for elbowing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare during Saturday's loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Bellemare suffered a concussion from the hit. Foligno had a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday, and they determined a three-game sentence was fair. The veteran center has posted seven points in 17 games this year. He'll be eligible to return Nov. 21 against the Red Wings.
News: Merzlikins will be between the pipes for Tuesday's road clash with Montreal, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Merzlikins has struggled to start the year, as he is 0-1-2 with a 3.91 GAA in four appearances. The netminder's poor run of form saw him dropped to AHL Cleveland, where he played in two games and notched a .933 save percentage. Whether the 25-year-old was able to rediscover his game should become apparent Tuesday, though at this point, it appear Joonas Korpisalo has cemented himself as the No. 1 option.
News: Jenner has four goals and an assist with a minus-10 rating, eight PIM, 38 shots, 28 hits and 12 blocked shots through 17 games.
Impact: The 26-year-old has provided some occasional offensive sparks to begin the season, but Jenner's plus-minus is a disappointment for a player who's been above zero each of the last three seasons despite primarily filling a checking role. His struggles are as much due to the play of the team around him and a lack of steady goaltending as any failing on his part, so Jenner's numbers could improve later in the campaign if the Jackets begin to tighten things up.
News: Milano has gone four games without scoring a point.
Impact: The mini-slump follows a stretch during which the 23-year-old winger scored three goals and six points in eight games. Milano has plenty of skill, and his current linemates Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner can create space for him with their physical play, but right now the unit just isn't clicking. Don't be surprised if coach John Tortorella shuffles things up as he tries to snap the Jackets out of a 1-5-1 skid.
News: Anderson has gone six games without scoring a point.
Impact: He had a two-point effort Oct. 26 against the Flyers, but otherwise Anderson has come up empty offensively in nine games since rejoining the lineup from an upper-body injury. The 25-year-old winger is currently skating on the third line with Boone Jenner and Sonny Milano, and Anderson also got dropped from the power play in the last two contests, making him a risky fantasy option until he regains a more prominent role.
News: Harrington has suited up for four of the last five games, collecting one assist, a minus-1 rating, two PIM, four shots, four hits and five blocked shots.
Impact: The Jackets' depth along the blue line is being tested with both Ryan Murray (hand) and Markus Nutivaara (upper body) on IR, and Harrington has become a lineup regular as a result. The 26-year-old doesn't offer much fantasy upside on the third pairing, but if he can minimize his mistakes he'll at least keep coach John Tortorella from scouring the organization for alternatives.
News: Savard has two assists, a minus-2 rating, four PIM, 19 shots, 30 hits and 33 blocked shots through 17 games.
Impact: As per usual, the veteran defenseman isn't offering much fantasy value in traditional formats, but his physical play and willingness to get in front of pucks gives him some utility in leagues that score categories beyond just points. Savard's plus-minus could also pick up as the season progresses if the Jackets as a whole can tighten up their play -- he's a combined plus-54 over the last three seasons, and hasn't finished in the red since 2015-16.
News: Nash was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Avalanche.
Impact: The fourth-line grinder had gone six games without a point before finding himself in the press box this weekend in favor of Kole Sherwood. Nash has one goal and five points in 16 games on the season, and even once he works his way back into the lineup, he's unlikely to offer much fantasy value.
News: The Blue Jackets called up Robinson from AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Robinson has seen action in 14 NHL games in his career, and has yet to pick up his first point. The Princeton product could slot into the lineup as early as Tuesday's game against Montreal, as Nick Foligno is set for a disciplinary hearing with the league for his elbow to Colorado's Pierre-Edouard Ebellmare in Saturday's game.
News: The Blue Jackets reassigned Kivlenieks to AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Kivlenieks accompanied the Blue Jackets on a two-game road trip but didn't draw a start. The 22-year-old has a .909 save percentage and 2.37 GAA over seven appearances with Cleveland this year.
News: The Blue Jackets recalled Merzlikins from AHL Cleveland on Sunday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: Merzlikins had an opportunity to fine-tune his craft in the minors while the Blue Jackets went on a short road trip. He made one minor-league start and steered away 28 of 30 shots but lost the contest. The Blue Jackets don't have any back-to-back games in the near future, so it's unsettled when Merzlikins will retake the crease with the big club.
News: The Blue Jackets place Nutivaara (upper body) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 5, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Impact: With the move, the earliest Nutivaara can return is Tuesday's game against the Canadians, and he's thought of as day-to-day. The Finn suffered the injury in Tuesday's game against Vegas, and it's still unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Scott Harrington should continue to be deployed in Columbus' bottom defensive pair for the time being.
News: Foligno will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for elbowing Colorado's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday.
Impact: Foligno will have a phone hearing, which carries a maximum suspension of five games. He probably won't get the maximum, but a suspension of 1-3 games seems likely for his reckless elbow.
News: Foligno was tossed from Saturday's game versus the Avalanche after catching Pierre-Edouard Bellemare up high with an elbow.
Impact: The incident occurred at 17:15 of the second period, and it forced the Avalanche's Bellemare from the game. Prior to the early exit, Foligno had an assist, two shots and three hits in 10:42 of ice time. The Blue Jackets' captain isn't known for reckless play, but a suspension or fine for the dangerous hit could be in his future.
News: Atkinson delivered an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Atkinson's helper came on a Zach Werenski goal in the final minute of the first period. The winger has apples in consecutive games, giving him nine points in 17 appearances overall. Atkinson has added 64 shots on goal, scoring at just a 4.7 percent rate. He's a career 11.5 percent shooter, so a goal-scoring binge could be coming in the near future.
News: Nyquist supplied a power-play assist and three shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Nyquist's helper came on an Emil Bemstrom goal early in the first period. With four points in his last two games, Nyquist appears to be finding his groove with the Blue Jackets. He's at 11 points and 45 shots on goal in 17 appearances.
News: Jones recorded a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Jones set up Emil Bemstrom's second goal in as many games just 4:55 into the first period. The defenseman now has a goal and eight helpers through 17 contests. Jones has added 37 blocked shots and 38 shots on goal, providing solid non-scoring stats to offset his slower scoring pace in 2019-20.
News: Werenski netted a goal on four shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Werenski struck in the final minute of the first period, restoring a one-goal lead for the Blue Jackets. Cale Makar's pair of tallies in the second erased the advantage. Werenski now has four goals and seven points in 17 games. The defenseman has topped 40 points twice in his three previous campaigns, but a slow start this year could see him miss that mark. Only two of the 22-year-old's points have come on the man advantage.
News: Bemstrom potted a power-play goal on two shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Bemstrom has scored goals in consecutive games. The Swede is up to four points, 25 shots on goal and 14 hits in 17 games. Despite his fourth-line role, he's seen an average of 1:12 per game on the power play entering Saturday. Three of his points have been on the man advantage.
News: Korpisalo stopped 32 of 36 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: Korpisalo had a 2-1 lead to protect after one period, but two goals by Cale Makar and a lack of offensive support from the Blue Jackets stuck the Finnish netminder with a loss. He dropped to 6-7-1 with a 3.13 GAA and an .895 save percentage in 14 appearances. Despite the poor numbers, he's the top guy in the crease for the Blue Jackets. Korpisalo should be considered likely to start Tuesday in Montreal to close out a three-game road trip.