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Jack Johnson enjoys solid game in Game 1 loss | 04/16/2014 10:56 PM
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Jack Johnson scored a goal and added an assist for the Blue Jackets in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.
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Impact
Johnson suffered through a subpar regular season that saw him get left off the U.S. Olympic Team, but he has an opportunity to erase his difficulties from memory with a strong playoff. Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie also found the back of the net for Columbus in the losing effort.
Sergei Bobrovsky can't hold off Penguins | 04/16/2014 10:51 PM
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Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was unable to hold off the flying Penguins in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.
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Impact
In the series opener between the Jackets and Pens, Bobrovsky was staked to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but the advantage wouldn't last. All told, the Columbus netminder allowed four goals on 32 shots in the defeat, but he'll certainly be between the pipes again for Game 2 Saturday.
R.J. Umberger might be available for Game 2 | 04/16/2014 9:31 AM
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R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
Nick Foligno (knee) might play in Game 2 | 04/16/2014 9:29 AM
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Nick Foligno (knee) might be able to play in Game 2 of the first round.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Foligno was already ruled out for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener on Wednesday. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 contests in 2013-14.
Columbus promotes Jeremy Smith | 04/16/2014 9:26 AM
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Jeremy Smith has been summoned by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Smith will practice with the team, but he's not expected to appear in any playoff contests. He has a 2.78 GAA and .898 save percentage in 38 AHL games this season.
R.J. Umberger is day-to-day, out Game 1 | 04/15/2014 10:05 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Umberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
Nick Foligno (knee) is out for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 10:03 AM
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Nick Foligno's lower-body injury is related to his knee.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Foligno won't participate in Game 1 of the Blue Jackets' first round series. However, he should be able to return before the round is over. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
Ryan Johansen earns 3rd star of the week | 04/14/2014 2:24 PM
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Ryan Johansen was chosen as the NHL's third star of the week for the final week of the regular season.
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Impact
He notched two goals and six points in four games. Both of his markers, his 32nd and 33rd of the season, were game winners. Johansen earned the 16th muli-point performance of the 2013-14 campaign in Saturday's win over Florida. He racked up 63 points in 82 contests.
Mark Letestu looking forward to playoffs | 04/14/2014 8:01 AM
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Mark Letestu is looking forward to playing against his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
While the Blue Jackets were likely hoping to meet the Rangers in the opening round, Letestu is happy it's the Penguins and hopes the team will play them like the Philadelphia Flyers do. "The Flyers are in their face and in their space all the time," Letestu said. "They frustrate them into bad penalties, then go score on the power play. It seems like that's the way to beat them. I don't think there's been any letup by us. I don't think anybody's been intimidated by their skill or the players they have. You see the way our guys go... the guys like Matty Calvert, they'll show you right away that there's no awe." The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in all five games this season but the playoffs are a different beast and it should be close.
Nick Schultz a healthy scratch Saturday | 04/13/2014 6:49 AM
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Nick Schultz and Matt Frattin were healthy scratches on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Just an FYI as both players have no fantasy value.
R.J. Umberger out indefinitely with UBI | 04/13/2014 6:48 AM
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R.J. Umberger is now out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Umberger was projected to miss at least a couple of weeks when the injury occurred a week ago but his status has now changed as the playoffs are set to begin. He had been a healthy scratch of late and will end the season with 34 points, including eight power play goals.
Jack Skille gets first line minutes on Satur. | 04/13/2014 6:45 AM
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Jack Skille replaced the injured Nathan Horton on the top line Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Skille played alongside Ryan Johanson and Boone Jenner but managed to play only 10:19 minutes as he had two shots on goal and one hit. Skille was drafted seventh overall in the 2005 Draft but has never made his mark in the NHL.
Cam Atkinson opens the scoring for Columbus | 04/13/2014 6:41 AM
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Cam Atkinson opened the scoring for Columbus on Saturday with his 21st goal of the season.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
After 14 points in 27 games in 2011-12, and 18 points in 35 games last season, Atkinson finally played a full season as the 24-year-old ended the season with 40 points in 79 games. He is worth taking next season in very deep leagues at the end of the draft.
Mark Letestu finishes the season strong | 04/13/2014 6:37 AM
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Mark Letestu scored a power play goal on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Letestu finished the season on a four game point streak as he potted his 12th of the season. He has 12 goals and 34 points this season.
| 04/13/2014 2:42 AM
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Nikita Nikitin returned to action on Saturday April 12.
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Sergei Bobrovsky records win for Blue Jackets | 04/12/2014 10:14 PM
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Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over the Panthers in Florida Saturday night.
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Impact
The win clinched the first Eastern Conference wild card for the Blue Jackets, who will face the Metropolitan Division champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Columbus ended the regular season with a team-record 93 points and owns the tiebreaker against the Detroit Red Wings, who have 91 points and close their season against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon. Earlier Saturday, the Blue Jackets' opportunity to finish third in the Metropolitan disappeared when the Philadelphia Flyers defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime. For Bobrovsky, Saturday's win was the 32nd of the season. He finishes the regular season with a GAA of 2.38 and a save percentage of .923.
Two points for Ryan Johansen in Columbus win | 04/12/2014 10:10 PM
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Ryan Johansen scored a goal and added an assist to spark the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night in a 3-2 triumph over the Panthers in Florida.
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Impact
Johansen got the game winner on a slapshot at 5:58 of the third period. The 21-year-old center has enjoyed a very good season, with 33 goals and 30 assists. Cam Atkinson (21st) and Mark Letestu (12th) also picked up goals for the Jackets.
Ryan Murray will be held out Saturday | 04/12/2014 6:07 PM
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Ryan Murray will be held out of the lineup in Saturday's regular season finale as a precaution.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He has played in five games since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. Murray is expected to be ready to go for Game 1 of the playoffs next week.
Nick Foligno may not be ready for Game 1 | 04/12/2014 10:56 AM
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Nick Foligno (lower body) may not be ready for the start of the playoffs.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He has been sidelined since Apr. 3 with a lower-body injury. In 70 games this season, Foligno has 18 goals and 39 points, along with 96 penalty minutes and 210 hits. His physical style would certainly benefit the team come postseason time.
Sergei Bobrovsky to start against Panthers | 04/12/2014 10:49 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky will be in goal for the Blue Jackets on Saturday at Florida.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He got Friday's game off when backup Curtis McElhinney got the nod in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Bobrovsky has won each of his last three outings and he's allowed just four goals over that span.
David Savard scores in loss to Lightning | 04/12/2014 10:46 AM
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David Savard found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.
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Impact
His fifth goal of the season came late in the third period to give Columbus a chance at a comeback, but they couldn't get the equalizer. Savard has two points in his last two games to give him 15 on the year.
Curtis McElhinney and Jackets fall to TB | 04/11/2014 11:09 PM
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Curtis McElhinney made 19 saves on 22 shots as the Lightning skated past the Jackets by a score of 3-2 on Friday night.
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Impact
McElhinney has now lost two of his past three games, and falls to 10-11-1 on the season with a .909 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average. The 30 year old might have made his last start of the year, barring a Sergei Bobrovsky injury in the playoffs, as the Jackets close out the regular season on Saturday.
Boone Jenner's two points not enough for CBJ | 04/11/2014 10:59 PM
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Boone Jenner notched a goal and an assist but it was not enough for the Blue Jackets, as they fell 3-2 to the Bolts on Friday night.
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Impact
Jenner has 16 goals and 28 points in 71 games for the Jackets, including three goals and five points in his past four games. The Jackets missed an opportunity to pass Philadelphia for the third seed in the Metropolitan Division, and will now need a win in their final game, along with the Flyers to lose one of their remaining two games in regulation in order to climb out of the Wild Card.
CBJ demotes Tim Erixon | 04/11/2014 2:10 PM
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Tim Erixon has been returned to AHL Springfield.
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Impact
Erixon has five goals and 33 points in 36 AHL games this season. He also has played in two games with Columbus, but he was held off the scoresheet in both contests.
Curtis McElhinney will start vs. TBL Friday | 04/11/2014 12:30 PM
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Curtis McElhinney will play between the pipes against Tampa Bay.
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Impact
The Blue Jackets have secured their playoff spot, so Sergei Bobrovsky will get a game off to rest for the playoffs. McElhinney has a 2.68 GAA and .910 save percentage in 27 games in 2013-14.
Nathan Horton (abdominal) out for six weeks | 04/11/2014 12:23 PM
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Nathan Horton has undergone abdominal surgery.
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Impact
Horton will miss the next six weeks as a result, which kills his chances of helping the Blue Jackets in their playoff run unless they go deep. He has four goals and 14 assists in 35 games this season. Injuries have been a problem all season for Horton, which is part of the reason why his 2013-14 numbers are underwhelming. However, he had success in the playoffs during his days with Boston and Columbus could have certainly used his services.
Mark Letestu finds back of net Wednesday | 04/10/2014 9:45 AM
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Mark Letestu scored a goal in Columbus' 3-1 win on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Letestu is now on a three-game point streak. He has 11 goals and 33 points in 80 games this season.
Blue Jackets set franchise wins record | 04/10/2014 9:44 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets set a franchise record on Wednesday with their 42nd win of the season.
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Impact
That highlights just how bad the Blue Jackets have been since their founding, but they are looking up. Columbus has made the playoffs for the second time in their history and they have a core in place that should help the team stay competitive for a while.
Nathan Horton (lower body) is out Wednesday | 04/09/2014 12:37 PM
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Nathan Horton (lower body) didn't travel with the Blue Jackets to Dallas.
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Impact
Just in case you needed further confirmation that Horton won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. This game is a continuation of the one postponed when Rich Peverley had a cardiac event. Horton scored a goal before that happened, which will still count on Wednesday, which means that he will be credited with a goal in a game he didn't participate in.
Boone Jenner is at 15-goal milestone | 04/09/2014 10:08 AM
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Boone Jenner scored a goal in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 win on Tuesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Jenner has now found the back of the net in consecutive games. He has 15 goals and 26 points in 69 contests in his rookie season.
Artem Anisimov helps CBJ best Phoenix | 04/09/2014 10:06 AM
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Artem Anisimov had two assists in Columbus' 4-3 win on Tuesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Anisimov has already set a new career-high with 21 goals, but he's not likely to do the same with points. He now has 38 points in 78 games while his personal best is 44.
Nathan Horton will miss Wednesday's game | 04/09/2014 10:04 AM
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Nathan Horton's attempt to return from a lower body injury on Tuesday wasn't successful.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Horton logged 5:21 minutes before he was shut down in the second period. He will not play on Wednesday, which is the continuation of the game between Columbus and Dallas that was postponed when Rich Peverley had a cardiac event. Horton scored a goal before the game was postponed and that will count, so he will end up with a goal in a game that he is sidelined for.
Sergei Bobrovsky stops 29 of 32 in OT win | 04/09/2014 12:19 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky won his 30th game of the season as Columbus took down Phoenix 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday to stay in control of their late-season playoff push.
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Impact
Bobrovsky has been hot and cold since suffering from the flu late last month, as his 3-3-1 record in his past seven demonstrates. Nonetheless, the Russian has played strongly in those victories, with two shutouts in three games coming into Tuesday night's game. Bobrovsky is 30-20-5 this season with a .921 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average.
Ryan Johansen's OT marker saves Blue Jackets | 04/08/2014 11:48 PM
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Ryan Johansen's overtime winner helped the Blue Jackets remain in control of the final Wildcard spot in the East after a 4-3 win over the Coyotes.
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Impact
Johansen also pitched in an assist in what has been a fantastic season for the young gun. The 21 year old has a three game point streak going, and 59 points in total through 79 games in this campaign.
Blue Jackets bring up Jack Skille | 04/07/2014 3:06 PM
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Jack Skille has been summoned from the minors.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He has generated 13 goals and 11 assists in 22 games with Springfield of the AHL this season and he hasn't played for the Blue Jackets since Dec. 31. Skille was sent to the minors after he recovered from an oblique injury and he aggravated it in a fight.
Nathan Horton will be a game-time call Tues. | 04/07/2014 2:59 PM
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Nathan Horton (lower body) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He has sat out the last four games with a lower-body injury. Horton took part in Monday's optional practice.
R.J. Umberger out for about 2 weeks with UBI | 04/07/2014 2:55 PM
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R.J. Umberger is projected to miss at least a couple of week because of an upper-body injury.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
He had been a healthy scratch in four of the past 10 games. Umberger has skated on the fourth line in his past two appearances in the lineup. He leads the Blue Jackets with eight power-play goals and has 34 points in 74 games.
Boone Jenner reaches 25-point mark | 04/07/2014 9:34 AM
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Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist in Columbus' 4-0 win on Sunday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Jenner snapped his five-game point drought. The 20-year-old rookie has 14 goals and 25 points in 68 games this season.
Jared Boll approaches franchise record in PIM | 04/07/2014 9:32 AM
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Jared Boll fought the Islanders' Matt Carkner midway through the third period of Columbus' 4-0 victory on Sunday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Boll and Carkner were both handed misconducts in addition to five-minute majors. Boll now has 1,023 career penalty minutes, which is just two minutes shy of the Blue Jackets' franchise record.
Brandon Dubinsky likely to serve as a winger | 04/04/2014 1:58 PM
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Brandon Dubinsky is expected to shift from center to a wing Friday night.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
The Blue Jackets have to make some adjustments because Nick Foligno has joined Nathan Horton on the sidelines. Dubinsky has 46 points and 94 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
Nathan Horton isn't ready to return | 04/04/2014 1:57 PM
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Nathan Horton (lower body) will not return on Friday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It will be Horton's third straight game on the sidelines. He has four goals and 17 points in 34 contests in 2013-14.
Matt Frattin will draw back into lineup | 04/04/2014 12:40 PM
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Matt Frattin will get out of the press box on Friday.
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Impact
The Blue Jackets haven't used Frattin since March 13. He was acquired from Los Angeles on March 5 as part of the Marian Gaborik trade.
Nick Foligno is out with lower-body injury | 04/04/2014 12:38 PM
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Nick Foligno has suffered a lower-body injury.
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Impact
Foligno might miss what's left of the regular season. His brother, Marcus Foligno, got a similar diagnosis with the Buffalo Sabres, so this is obviously not a good day for the family.
Columbus will get back Ryan Murray on Friday | 04/04/2014 12:33 PM
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Ryan Murray (knee) is ready to return on Friday.
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Impact
Murray missed roughly a month due to the injury. He was initially expected to miss the reminder of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. The Blue Jackets could certainly use the boost as they fight to secure their hold on the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Wisniewski sets CBJ record for blueliner pts | 04/04/2014 9:52 AM
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James Wisniewski has surpassed Jaroslav Spacek to set a new Blue Jackets record for points in a single season by a defenseman.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Wisniewski had a goal and an assist on Thursday, giving him 46 points in 69 games. That also puts him in a tie for ninth place in the defensemen scoring race.
Columbus earns first victory in Philadelphia | 04/04/2014 9:49 AM
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Thursday's 2-0 victory represented Columbus' first franchise win in Philadelphia.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Columbus is still a relatively young franchise and before this season, they were playing in a different conference than the Flyers. The Blue Jackets had a 0-5-1 franchise record in Philadelphia going into Thursday's contest.
Wisniewski has hand in both CBJ goals in win | 04/04/2014 1:02 AM
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James Wisniewski had a hand in each of the Blue Jackets' goals in their 2-0 victory over the Flyers on Thursday night.
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Impact
Wisniewski scored and assisted on Brandon Dubinsky's goal. Wisniewski has enjoyed a fine season, with seven goals and 46 points, to go with 55 penalty minutes. Dubinsky's goal was his 16th of the season. Mark Letestu, Fedor Tyutin and Cam Atkinson doled out the assists.
Sergei Bobrovsky shuts out Flyers on 37 saves | 04/03/2014 10:00 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky was a perfect 37-for-37 en route to shutting out the Flyers 2-0 on Thursday night.
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Impact
Facing his old team, in a pivotal game, Bobrovsky was sensational, notching his fourth shutout of the season. It was his first win since March 20, a span of five appearances. He has a 2.42 goals-against average and .921 save percentage this season. Columbus trails the Red Wings by one point for the first wild-card spot in the East.
Nathan Horton is day-to-day with LBI | 04/02/2014 2:35 PM
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Nathan Horton is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
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Impact
There was some concern that it might keep him out for a while, but coach Todd Richards said that Horton doesn't need further testing or surgery. That's some good news, but it's still unclear when he'll be available to return.
Ryan Murray (knee) may return this weekend | 04/02/2014 1:39 PM
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Ryan Murray (knee) might be back in the lineup either Friday against Chicago or Sunday afternoon versus the New York Islanders.
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Impact
"He's very close," coach Todd Richards said after Wednesday's optional practice. Murray has been skating for about a week and feels his conditioning is improving. Murray underwent arthroscopic surgery on Mar. 7.
Nikita Nikitin out Thursday with LBI | 04/02/2014 1:34 PM
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Nikita Nikitin suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday and he won't play in Philadelphia on Thursday.
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Impact
Coach Todd Richards said that Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will play in his place. Consider Nikitin day-to-day for now.
Blake Comeau finds back of the net Tuesday | 04/02/2014 8:50 AM
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Blake Comeau scored a goal in Columbus' 3-2 loss to Colorado.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It was Comeau's first goal since Dec. 19, 2013. Oddly enough, the Blue Jackets have lost all four games that he has scored in this season.
Brandon Dubinsky ties career-high in assists | 04/02/2014 8:48 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Tuesday.
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Impact
Dubinsky now has 45 points and 94 penalty minutes in 69 games this season. His assist was his 30th of the campaign, which is enough to tie his career-high.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Jackets suffer OT loss | 04/01/2014 10:19 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky was beaten three times on 28 shots, as the Jackets blew a 2-0 lead to fall 3-2 to the high flying Avalanche on Tuesday night.
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Impact
The reigning Vezina winner is winless in his past four appearances, though the Russian has been quite strong since his mediocre 9-11-2 start to the season. Bob is 27-19-5 so far with a .919 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average. He missed time recently while recovering from the flu, but barring a setback it seems he will start Thursday in Philadelphia.
Cam Atkinson scores 20th, Jackets lose to Avs | 04/01/2014 10:04 PM
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Cam Atkinson banked his first 20 goal season with his marker during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado.
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Impact
Atkinson scored seven in his rookie season, nine during last year's abbreviated schedule and finally reached the 20 goal plateau in his 72nd game of his third NHL season. The 24 year old has 36 points so far.
CBJ signs 2011 third rounder T.J. Tynan | 04/01/2014 3:36 PM
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T.J. Tynan has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Impact
Tynan was taken by the Blue Jackets with the 66th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He had eight goals and 38 points in 40 NCAA games with Notre Dame in 2013-14.
R.J. Umberger stays in the press box | 04/01/2014 2:16 PM
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R.J. Umberger will spend Tuesday's game in the press box.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It will be the fourth time Umberger has been listed as a healthy scratch in seven games. This is just the second season of his five-year, $23 million contract, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Blue Jackets used a compliance buyout on him over the summer.
Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) fine to start Tuesday | 04/01/2014 12:20 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) is good to start on Tuesday.
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Impact
It will be Bobrovsky's first action between the pipes since March 25. He has a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage in 51 matches this season.
Mark Letestu has moved up to second line | 04/01/2014 9:35 AM
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Mark Letestu was bumped up to the second line during Monday's practice.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Letestu is getting that opportunity because Nathan Horton is sidelined with a lower-body injury. Letestu has eight goals and 28 points in 74 contests this season.
Jared Boll will return to CBJ lineup Tuesday | 04/01/2014 9:33 AM
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Jared Boll (ankle) will finally return to the Blue Jackets' lineup on Tuesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Boll was activated off of the injured reserve list on March 19, but has been listed as a healthy scratch since then. He has a goal and 38 penalty minutes in 21 games this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky likely to start Tuesday | 03/31/2014 12:22 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky will likely start Tuesday night after recovering from an illness.
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Impact
He was able to dress as Curtis McElhinney's backup in Saturday's overtime win over Carolina. Get ready to get Bobrovsky back in your lineup.
Nathan Horton won't play Tuesday due to LBI | 03/31/2014 12:16 PM
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Nathan Horton will sit out Tuesday's home game versus Colorado because of a lower-body injury.
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Impact
The ailment may keep him out longer and the Jackets have only eight games remaining on their 2013-14 schedule.
Curtis McElhinney playing well in relief | 03/31/2014 7:36 AM
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Curtis McElhinney has played well in the last week in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Bobrovsky has been the Blue Jackets number one goalie this season and McElhinney has been called upon only if something has been wrong with Bobrovsky since the beginning of January. Well, Bobrovsky came down with the flu and McElhinney has started the last two games in addition to relieving the Russian netminder after the first period on Tuesday. McElhinney knew coming into the season that he would not be able to challenge Bobrovsky for the top job but has a 10-10-1 record with a 2.68 GAA and a .910 save percentage in 25 games.
Nikita Nikitin back in the Jackets lineup | 03/30/2014 8:57 AM
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Nikita Nikitin was back in the Columbus lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Nikitin played alongside David Savard as he replaced Nick Schultz in the lineup. Nikitin has two goals and 15 points in 64 games this season with a plus-11 rating.
Ryan Johansen third Blue Jacket to score 30 | 03/30/2014 3:35 AM
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Ryan Johansen became the third Columbus Blue Jacket to score 30 goals in one season on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
The 21-year-old joins Rick Nash who did it on seven occasions while Geoff Sanderson, the Blue Jackets first star player in their early existence, did it twice. Look for Johansen to do it a lot more often as he is finally showing the NHL why the Blue Jackets drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 Draft.
R.J. Umberger a healthy scratch Saturday | 03/30/2014 3:31 AM
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R.J. Umberger was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It was the third time in six contests that Umberger has found himself in the press box and that cannot be sitting well with the the veteran. He has 18 goals and 33 points this season in 71 games but has not had a point in his last five games.
Nathan Horton moves down the depth chart | 03/30/2014 3:27 AM
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Nathan Horton was moved down the depth chart as he was placed on a line with Artem Anisimov and Nick Foligno on Saturday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Horton had been seeing first line action with Ryan Johansen but had been slumping with nary a point in his previous five games until picking up an assist Saturday. He has only four goals and 17 points in 34 games but this is no surprise as he was coming off major shoulder surgery in the off-season that kept him out of action until January 2, 2014. Look for a better season in 2014-15 from Horton.
Artem Anisimov scores 20th of the season | 03/30/2014 3:23 AM
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Artem Anisimov scored his 20th goal of the season Saturday in a 3-2 OT victory over Carolina.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It's the first time in his NHL career that the crafty center has reached the 20 goal plateau. The former Ranger now has 35 points in 73 games but the rest of his stats do not warrant his inclusion on your fantasy team.
Ryan Johansen's 30th gives CBJ OT victory | 03/29/2014 9:54 PM
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Ryan Johansen potted the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
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Impact
It's easy to thrust unfair expectations on a high draft pick, and that's what was done to the former fourth-overall pick. After some struggles in his first two seasons, Johansen has emerged as one of the bright young stars in hockey this season, as he now has 30 goals and 55 points on the season. The arrow is pointing up for the supremely talented 21-year-old who should be a high fantasy pick for easily the next decade. Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov, who also added an assist, scored the other two goals.
Curtis McElhinney solid in 3-2 OT win | 03/29/2014 9:53 PM
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Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves in Columbus' 3-2 overtime win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
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Impact
The journeyman backup has played a crucial role in keeping the Blue Jackets in the thick of things this season. He has a 2.68 goals-against average and .910 save percentage this season.
Corey Tropp to play Saturday, Umberger out | 03/29/2014 4:37 PM
News
Corey Tropp will be in Columbus' lineup Saturday night.
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Impact
He has been a healthy scratch for the last three games. R.J. Umberger will take his place in the press box.
Curtis McElhinney starts, Bobrovsky backs up | 03/29/2014 3:00 PM
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Curtis McElhinney will get the call against Carolina on Saturday night.
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Impact
Sergei Bobrovsky has been dealing with the flu, but he will be able to dress as McElhinney's backup.
Look for Sergei Bobrovsky to get start in net | 03/29/2014 11:45 AM
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Don't be surprised if Sergei Bobrovsky returns to start in net for the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
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Impact
Bobrovsky missed Friday night's game because of the flu. He said he had never been as sick as he was earlier in the week but felt "pretty good" on the ice for a skate Friday. Bobrovsky travel with the team to Carolina and will potentially play tonight against the Hurricanes. "We'll get up (today) and he's going to go and skate," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "And we'll make a decision then, whether he's playing or backing up."
James Wisniewski scores in Jackets' loss | 03/28/2014 9:51 PM
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James Wisniewski scored his seventh goal of the season in the Jackets' 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Wisniewski now has four points in his past two games after slamming in three assists during Tuesday's win in Detroit. The defenseman has 43 points through 66 games so far, his best season to date.
Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) is still day-to-day | 03/28/2014 12:12 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) isn't ready to start on Friday.
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Impact
Bobrovsky did skate Friday morning though, so he probably will return in the near future. He has a 2.47 GAA and .919 save percentage in 51 contests in 2013-14.
Curtis McElhinney will start for CBJ Friday | 03/28/2014 12:10 PM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets will start Curtis McElhinney on Friday.
Shawn Mitchell on Twitter

Impact
Sergei Bobrovsky is day-to-day with the flu. McElhinney has a 2.75 GAA and .909 save percentage in 25 games this season.
Columbus promotes Mike McKenna | 03/28/2014 9:51 AM
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Mike McKenna has been called up by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
McKenna was called up as an insurance policy because Sergei Bobrovsky is still dealing with the flu. If Bobrovsky isn't available on Friday, then McKenna will serve as the team's backup goaltender.
Sergei Bobrovsky misses Thursday's practice | 03/28/2014 9:49 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Bobrovsky was reportedly feeling better on Wednesday and was expected to skate Thursday. This throws his availability for Friday's game into question.
Columbus attendance, TV ratings aren't good | 03/28/2014 9:47 AM
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This might prove to be the Columbus Blue Jackets' best season to date on the ice, but it hasn't been a good campaign financially.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
The Blue Jackets rank 29th in attendance and has actually dropped since the shortened campaign in terms of average game attendance. They've also reportedly seen a steep drop in television viewership, from an average of 9,000 households per contest in 2013 to just 6,000 in 2013-14, which also puts them 29th in the league. Part of the problem is that this really is one of the best seasons - if not the best season - Columbus has ever had and they are only barely holding onto a playoff spot. Going from terrible to mediocre isn't exciting, but if the Blue Jackets continue to improve, then they should attract more attention. They aren't expected to do much in the playoffs if they make it at all, but even if they just manage to win a couple games in the first round to make it interesting, it might go a long way towards attracting interest in the club for the 2014-15 campaign.
Jackets' Ryan Murray (knee) is on the mend | 03/27/2014 2:53 PM
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Ryan Murray (knee) has skated on his own for the past three days.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
"It's just good to get back on the ice," said Murray, who had arthroscopic surgery on Mar. 7. "I've been stretching and working out a bit, normal stuff trying to get back in shape. Skating is another step." He joined his teammates for the final few minutes of practice on Thursday. Murray might be back if the Blue Jackets can qualify for the postseason.
Mike McKenna returns to the AHL | 03/27/2014 8:52 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Mike McKenna to the minors.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
McKenna had been promoted briefly to serve as the Blue Jackets' insurance policy if Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) was unavailable on Tuesday. Bobrovsky started in that contest, but he didn't complete the game. All the same, Bobrovsky is likely to play on Friday.
Bobrovsky feeling better, likely to practice | 03/27/2014 8:49 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky (flu) felt significantly better on Wednesday.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Bobrovsky attempted to play through Tuesday's game with the illness, but he ended up leaving after the first period. He will probably participate in Thursday's practice. If he's up to it, the Blue Jackets want to start Bobrovsky on Friday.
Brandon Dubinsky reaches the 15-goal mark | 03/26/2014 9:44 AM
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Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory against Detroit.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Dubinsky has 15 goals and 44 points in 66 games this season. He has a bit more value in teams that use less common categories as he also has 202 hits and a 53.7% success rate on the draw.
Ryan Johansen gets two goals Tuesday | 03/26/2014 9:41 AM
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Ryan Johansen scored twice in Columbus' 4-2 win against Detroit.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
That gives Johansen 29 goals and 54 points in 72 games this season. This has been a breakout campaign for the 21-year-old and should be the first of many very productive seasons. Don't be afraid to draft him in 2014-15 under the assumption that he'll match or improve upon his 2013-14 numbers.
Curtis McElhinney comes through for big win | 03/26/2014 1:01 AM
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Curtis McElhinney into Tuesday's important matchup with Detroit in relief of an ill Sergei Bobrovsky and made 19 saves on 20 shots to lift Columbus to victory.
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Impact
McElhinney came up big for the Jackets in just his third appearance of 2014. The 30 year old veteran improves to 9-9-1 this season with a .909 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average. The Jackets have two days off before facing Pittsburgh on Friday, which McElhinney will start if Bobrovsky (day-to-day) is not feeling better.
James Wisniewski helps Jackets earn big win | 03/26/2014 12:34 AM
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James Wisniewski's three assists fuelled the Blue Jackets past the Red Wings in a crucial Eastern Conference battle Tuesday night which Columbus took 4-2.
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Impact
Wisniewski now has 42 points through 65 games this season and an even rating. Wisniewski's rating is reassuring considering he's been -28 in the previous three seasons combined.
Sergei Bobrovsky leaves game with illness | 03/25/2014 8:58 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky, who has been battling the flu, checked out of Tuesday night's game after the first period with the Jackets up 2-1.
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Impact
Bobrovsky should be considered day-to-day until further notice. He made nine saves on 10 shots before being replaced by Curtis McElhinney.
Ilari Melart returns to North America | 03/25/2014 2:15 PM
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Ilari Melart will report to AHL Springfield after completing his stint in the KHL.
Washington Times

Impact
Melart was loaned to Ugra and had five points and 22 penalty minutes in 15 KHL games. The 25-year-old defenseman isn't expected to ever have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Sergei Bobrovsky doesn't practice Monday | 03/25/2014 9:34 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky was given Monday's practice off.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Columbus has been leaning heavily on Bobrovsky as they compete for a playoff spot, so it looks like they're willing to keep him out of the occasional morning skate to keep him fresh. "Today was a really smart move by management," Bobrovsky said. "The team gets the work it needs, and I get the work I need. Right now, today, we need different things." He has a 2.46 GAA and .920 save percentage in 50 games this season.
Blue Jackets power play floundering | 03/24/2014 5:22 AM
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have not scored in their last 36 power play opportunities.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
They are closing in on their record for futility as they did not score in 42 consecutive chances in 2011. The Blue Jackets are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference and if they are unable to make it into the post-season, the power play could be the biggest reason.
R.J. Umberger returns after two game benching | 03/24/2014 5:19 AM
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R.J. Umberger returned to the Columbus lineup after a two game benching.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Umberger saw 3:52 minutes of power play time as part of his 14:49 minutes of play as he lined up with Artem Anisimov as well as Nick Foligno in the 2-0 loss to the Islanders. Umberger has scored only once in his last seven games and has 18 goals and 33 points in 68 games this season.
Blake Comeau piles on gritty stats Sunday | 03/23/2014 4:18 PM
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With no one among the Columbus Blue Jackets collecting a point, Blake Comeau's Sunday stood out in a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders.
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Impact
Comeau collected five PIM, three SOG and five hits in today's defeat. The Blue Jackets have a nice collection of deeper stats-fillers, but that was today's notable performance. Normally Comeau isn't really worth adding, though.
Sergei Bobrovsky falls short of 28th win | 03/23/2014 4:02 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets couldn't beat Evgeni Nabokov on Sunday as the New York Islanders won 2-0.
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Impact
Though he hasn't played poorly, "Bob" has lost three of his last four games as the Blue Jackets are letting precious points slip away in the playoff hunt. The Russian goalie is now 27-19-4 on the season with a .920 save percentage and 2.46 GAA, showing that he's mostly backed up last season's breakthrough, even if he isn't quite at that elite level in 2013-14.
Umberger may draw back in v Isles Sunday | 03/23/2014 9:44 AM
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R.J. Umberger, who has been a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets' last two games, may draw back in against the Islanders Sunday afternoon.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It is not a given Umberger will play, but we get the feeling that Columbus coach Todd Richards wants to give his slumping forward a chance to redeem himself. "By no means is he in the doghouse or anything like that," Richards said of Umberger. "But we want to get him back into games, yeah." Don't be surprised if Umberger dresses Sunday and responds with a solid game.
Bobrovsky to start Sunday afteroon v Isles | 03/23/2014 9:40 AM
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Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal Sunday afternoon against the Islanders.
Blue Jackets.com

Impact
Bobrovsky is coming off a solid 29-save performance in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. Make sure you have him active as Sunday's matinee starts at 1:00 pm.
Matt Frattin has barely played with Columbus | 03/22/2014 9:54 AM
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Matt Frattin has spent Columbus' last four games in the press box.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
The Blue Jackets acquired Frattin from the Los Angeles Kings as part of the Marian Gaborik deal and that's been bad news for the 26-year-old forward so far. He has appeared in just two games with Columbus and has averaged only 11:32 minutes when he does play.
Matt Calvert fights Nash over 'gutless' move | 03/22/2014 9:50 AM
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Matt Calvert picked a fight with former teammate Rick Nash early in the third period of Friday's game.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
It was Nash's first game in Columbus since he was traded by the Blues Jackets to the New York Rangers. Calvert was determined to fight with Nash after what he saw as a "gutless" shove from Nash to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky earlier in the contest. Nash had gotten frustrated with the Blue Jackets netminder after he was whacked a couple times and Bobrovsky knocked Nash's stick away when he went to pick it up after play was called dead. In addition to a fighting major, Calvert got two minutes for roughing.
Sergei Bobrovsky's sturdy effort not enough | 03/21/2014 9:50 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky blocked 29 of the 31 shots the Rangers directed his way Friday night, but the Jackets' lack of offense resulted in a 3-1 loss.
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Impact
Bobrovsky continues to prove that the Vezina Trophy he earned last year was no fluke, as his record sits at 27-18-4 with a 2.47 goals against average and .919 save percentage. The Russian Olympian is 7-3-1 since returning from Sochi, and is a major reason why the Blue Jackets are sitting in the second Wild Card spot in the East.
Nick Foligno scores lone goal for Jackets | 03/21/2014 9:42 PM
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Nick Foligno scored the lone Blue Jackets' goal in a 3-1 home loss to the New York Rangers on Friday night.
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Impact
Foligno's 18th marker of the year is his 37th point in 64 games this season. The winger snapped a three game pointless drought as the 26 year old former first round pick is 10 points from reaching his career high.
Bobrovsky will play between the pipes Friday | 03/21/2014 5:27 PM
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Sergei Bobrovsky will start for Columbus on Friday.
Bluejackets.nhl.com

Impact
It will be Bobrovsky's 17th straight start. He hasn't lived up to his Vezina Trophy-winning 2013 campaign, but he's still been solid this season with a 2.48 GAA and .919 save percentage.
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