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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.25.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Sometimes, a little familiarity can be the remedy.

The Falcons are hoping that's the case this afternoon at MassMutual Center, when they take on rival Connecticut in a game they would absolutely love to win. It's been tough sledding this weekend for Springfield, which followed up a road sweep at Norfolk with an overtime loss in Portland on Friday and a lackluster shootout loss to Manchester last night.

And last night's game was probably the hardest to stomach. Ryan Johansen scored first for the Falcons and they were hot out of the gates, but the Monarchs capitalized on (more) penalty trouble by Springfield and took a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

But the Falcons chipped away. Jake Hansen's first professional goal brought them within one -- and really changed the flow of the game -- before Cam Atkinson scored a power play goal to tie it up with just under seven minutes to play, and it looked as if Springfield was back in business.

The Falcons have a great chance to right the ship this afternoon against the Whale, who they've enjoyed success against this year.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 6:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Quite the eventful tilt at the Cumberland County Civic Center last night -- but the Falcons have a chance to pick up their boots and get right back to work tonight on home ice.

It's been a concerning past 24 hours in downtown Springfield, as well, after a natural gas line exploded just a few blocks from MassMutual Center while the club was in Portland. The Falcons did announce this afternoon that tonight's game will go on as scheduled, but nonetheless, it was a very scary night for the city of Springfield on Friday.

Before we get going with tonight's game (which you can listen to on WHYN.com or the iHeartRadio app, as well as AHLLive.com), I've got a few burning questions we'll hopefully get answered as the game goes on:

1. Will Brad Larsen stick with Curtis McElhinney tonight? Without McElhinney and his exquisite goaltending, the Falcons would not be in first place right now. But he's human, and had a very human-like game last night in Portland, giving up six goals and being pulled for the first time all year. Paul Dainton came in and kept a clean sheet until Oliver Ekman-Larsson's overtime winner. It wouldn't be surprising if McElhinney gets a chance to bounce back, but I expect to see Dainton come in and try to build off his effort last night.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Brad Larsen's hiring in Springfield didn't make headlines around the hockey world, but really, who cares?

The former hard-nosed NHL forward accepted the job as head coach of the Springfield Falcons after two years as an assistant coach under Rob Riley. He was 34 years old when he took the job (has since turned 35) and less than two years removed from a professional playing career with two NHL franchises.

Was it (in general) a low-key move? Sure, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Coaching searches are often fluid situations and you never really know whose resume is going to cross your desk until it actually does, so when Larsen put his name into the mix, where it would lead was unclear.

May 21 was six months ago today, and so much has transpired in between.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 8:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It appears as if Ryan Murray will have to wait a few more days to determine the next step in recovering from a shoulder injury.

The injury, suffered Friday night against the Victoria Royals, forced Murray to leave the game, rest the shoulder over the weekend and wait before undergoing further evaluation.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson confirmed to BlueJackets.com tonight that Murray will travel to Columbus in the next few days, where team doctors will review the results of his recently-completed MRI.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

It's great to be back for Trivia Tuesday!

We hope you didn't miss us too much, and you spent the week off (from trivia) freshening up for this week's edition. We're in a trading mood today, so what do you say we go for a question carrying that theme?

Can you think all the way back to the Blue Jackets' first summer as they were preparing for their first National Hockey League draft in Calgary, Alberta? That's where we found this question...

Same rules apply. Fill out the form below with the correct answer and hit "submit" -- simple as that! You're then entered to win an awesome Blue Jackets prize. Good luck!

QUESTION: Who did the Blue Jackets acquire in the first official trade in franchise history?


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.20.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three days after leaving the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre ice surface in serious pain, Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray will hopefully soon get clarity on the next step in his recovery.

Murray injured his shoulder during a 5-0 road loss to the Victoria Royals and did not return. The second overall pick in June's NHL draft is the captain of the Everett Silvertips but also one of their top players, so his loss is significant.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.19.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Blue Jackets fans are some of the most passionate in hockey, and they showed their dedication yet again recently in Erie, Pa. A large group of fans traveled to the Erie Insurance Arena and spent a weekend there, catching a game between two of the Blue Jackets' top prospects and getting to enjoy the city.

They were treated to a 6-1 Otters win but also a pretty impressive effort from Boone Jenner, who is now tied for the Ontario Hockey League's goal-scoring lead (20). JacketsTV caught up with some of the fans who made the trek to Erie and got their thoughts on the weekend:

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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.18.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Make no mistake: the Falcons were not at their best in a 2-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night.

They were slow out of the gate and trailed all the way through. Only a late third-period goal from Tomas Kubalik drew Springfield within striking distance, and it was never that close. The Penguins owned the pace of the game from the start and Beau Bennett's pair of goals were good enough to be the difference.

Fast forward to this past weekend. The Falcons made their first trip to Norfolk, the home of the Admirals who are just a few months removed from breezing through the Calder Cup playoffs en route to a well-deserved championship.

Granted, it's a brand-new affiliation for the Admirals (moving from Tampa Bay to Anaheim over the offseason) but there is a strong winning tradition within the walls of the Scope Arena.

The Falcons mustered quite the weekend, answering Wednesday's disappointing loss with a pair of victories over Norfolk and regaining control of first place in the Eastern Conference.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 10:01 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's been a rough stretch to start the season for the Everett Silvertips, and they may have been dealt their toughest hand yet.

Not only did the Silvertips lose handily to the Victoria Royals on Friday night, they may have lost their captain and best player for a significant period in the process. Ryan Murray, who missed time over the past couple of seasons (ankle injury last year), left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return.

Murray will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, and more will be known after that is complete.


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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 4:21 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Blue Jackets are well aware how important the upcoming 2013 draft is to their future.

Two blockbuster trades in the past nine months have landed Columbus with two additional first-round picks in the draft, which will be held this summer at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. And while that date isn't part of the immediate future, the planning has already begun.

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson, in his fourth week on the job, is in Toronto with the team's amateur scouting staff for its annual meetings.

It's one of his first opportunities to get to know the staff, learn about the players they have interest in, and start to formulate a game plan for the remainder of the draft year.

But more than anything, it's a chance for Davidson to roll up his sleeves and get down to business with the Blue Jackets.


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