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Blue Jackets' Mathieu Olivier: Registers assist in loss
Olivier notched an assist and two hits in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
Olivier has played in the Blue Jackets' first two games in December after he was scratched for nine of 15 contests in November. The 26-year-old's stints in the press box have often come in bursts, though he may get a longer look as long as Cole Sillinger (upper body) is sidelined. Olivier is at four helpers, 36 hits, 15 PIM, 13 shots on net and a minus-1 rating through 14 appearances this season. When he plays, he's usually confined to a fourth-line role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Contributes helper in loss
Werenski notched an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
Werenski has four helpers over his last three contests, though this was the first time in six games he didn't block a shot. The 26-year-old blueliner has stayed fairly healthy this season, and he's showing what he can do when unimpeded by injuries, racking up a goal and 18 assists over 24 contests. He's added 58 shots on net, 37 blocked shots and a plus-2 rating while playing a massive role on the top pairing and first power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner: Goals in consecutive contests
Jenner scored a goal on three shots, dished two hits and blocked two shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
Jenner has scored in each of the last two games, and he's racked up six goals and nine points over his last nine outings. The 30-year-old's tally opened the scoring late in the second period Sunday, but it was the only goal Jeremy Swayman allowed. Jenner continues to impress in a top-line role with 13 tallies, five assists, 73 shots on net, 39 hits, 34 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating over 26 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Spencer Martin: Stunned by natty hatty
Martin allowed three goals on 28 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
Martin put together a strong effort through two periods, but Brad Marchand bested him three times in 5:50 early in the third to flip the game around. The 28-year-old Martin has been just fine as a backup for the Blue Jackets this season, but with Daniil Tarasov (knee) inching closer to a return, the team will have to make a decision in the crease soon. Martin is 2-6-1 with a 3.20 GAA and a .902 save percentage behind a weak team, so he could benefit if he switches organizations via trade or waivers in the near future. If he's still with Columbus by the end of the week, he'll likely make his next start either Thursday against the Islanders or Friday versus the Blues.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Still day-to-day
Sillinger (upper body) is not expected to play Sunday against Boston, according to Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.
Sillinger, who remains day-to-day, will miss his second straight contest. He has registered one goal, eight assists, 42 shots on net, 25 blocked shots and 23 hits over 24 games this campaign. Mathieu Olivier has been playing during Sillinger's absence.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Spencer Martin: Starting Sunday
Martin will guard the road net Sunday against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Martin was sharp in his last outing, turning aside 31 shots in a 5-2 win over the Bruins. The 28-year-old netminder is 2-5-1 with a .903 save percentage this season. The Bruins are are coming off a 4-3 overtime win versus Toronto on Saturday, so they'll be confident heading into this rematch with Martin.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Placed on LTIR and sent to AHL
Tarasov (knee) was placed on long-term injured reserve on Saturday and sent to AHL Cleveland on a conditioning stint.
Tarasov has yet to play this season after going into training camp with a knee problem. Tarasov should get in plenty of playing time at Cleveland over the next eight days, as the Monsters play five times. Tarasov could replace Spencer Martin as the backup goaltender behind Elvis Merzlikins upon his return to the Columbus lineup.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Zach Werenski: Generates two power-play assists
Werenski notched a pair of power-play assists, three shots on goal, three blocked shots and two PIM in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Werenski racked up 10 assists over his last 11 games in November and has kept the playmaking train rolling in December. The 26-year-old defenseman is up to 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) through 23 outings this season. While he's maintained a spot on the Blue Jackets' top power-play unit, Friday's effort tripled his man-advantage production on the year to three helpers.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau: Collects pair of power-play helpers
Gaudreau notched two power-play assists and two shots on goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Gaudreau helped out on goals by Patrik Laine and Boone Jenner. Two of Gaudreau's three multi-point efforts this season have come over the last four games, though he's gone scoreless over the other two contests in that span. The winger is up to three tallies, 10 assists, 56 shots on net and a minus-3 rating through 25 outings overall. Friday's effort also doubled his power-play points to four on the year, all of which have been assists.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Adam Fantilli: Finds twine Friday
Fantilli scored a goal on two shots, blocked three shots and added two PIM in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Fantilli's second-period tally stood as the game-winner. The 19-year-old had been stuck in a rut recently, finishing November with just one assist and a minus-8 rating over his last nine games. Hot and cold stretches are bound to happen for a player that was just drafted in June. Fantilli has done fairly well with 11 points, 63 shots on net, 18 hits, 12 blocked shots and a minus-11 rating through 25 contests in a middle-six role so far.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Dmitri Voronkov: Deposits goal Friday
Voronkov scored a goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Voronkov saw a meager 8:56 of ice time Friday, his lowest mark since Oct. 28. The 23-year-old made the most of his limited chances, tying the game at 2-2 in the first period. He's scored three times and added an assist over his last six games. For the season, the rookie forward has five tallies, seven helpers, 23 shots on net, 17 hits, 19 PIM and a plus-4 rating while filling a bottom-six role through 19 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine: Sparks comeback
Laine scored a power-play goal on two shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Laine's goal at 14:53 of the first period set the Blue Jackets on the comeback trail after they fell in an early 2-0 hole. This was the third time in six games he's scored -- the winger has responded well to his healthy scratch Nov. 19 even though his ice time has remained limited. He saw just 12:40 of ice time Friday, the third time in his last six games he's been under 15 minutes. For the season, Laine has five goals, two helpers, 35 shots on net, 13 blocked shots and a minus-9 rating through 15 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner: Scores power-play marker
Jenner scored a power-play goal on two shots and added three hits in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Jenner had four goals over three games from Nov. 19-24, but he then went three contests without a goal. The 30-year-old continues to surprise with 12 goals, five assists, 70 shots on net, 35 hits, 32 blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating through 25 outings. Jenner's shooting 17.1 percent this season, a mark that's likely to come down eventually, but he continues to be one of the Blue Jackets' most trusted forwards in all situations.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Strong in win
Merzlikins stopped 41 of 43 shots in Friday's 4-2 win over the Senators.
Merzlikins had lost each of his last two outings, but he was able to bounce back after allowing two early goals to the Senators in this one. The 29-year-old has faced 40-plus shots four times this season, and Friday was the first time he'd picked up a win while doing so. He's now at a 6-8-3 record with a 3.04 GAA and a .911 save percentage through 18 starts this season. The Blue Jackets' next game is a tough one Sunday in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Practices on top line
Johnson practiced on the top line during Thursday's practice, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Johnson was called up Thursday after Wednesday's disappointing loss in Montreal. Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent put his lines in a blender and came up with Johnson in a top-six role upon his return to Columbus following an impressive five goals and 15 points in 10 games at AHL Cleveland. Columbus desperately needs offense, and Johnson could deliver. Vincent added that the team doesn't want Johnson yo-yoing between the NHL and AHL, indicating he's here to stay.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Out Friday
Sillinger (upper body) will not suit up Friday against the Senators, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Sillinger was injured Wednesday against Montreal and will now miss at least one game as a result. The team has not yet given a timeline on when he's expected to return. The 20-year-old has nine points in 24 games this season, including four in his last seven appearances.... See More ... See Less
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