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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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

John Davidson is preparing for his first amateur scouting meetings as the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, but at least for one night, he was happy to relax and watch some hockey.

His hotel room had the NHL Network, allowing him to catch Ryan Murray captain Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout win over Russia last night in the fifth game of the CHL Subway Super Series in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Murray, picked second overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft, was paired with Saskatoon Blades blue liner Duncan Siemens (a first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2011) and played a steady game on defense for the Canadian side.

He did not participate in the Super Series finale in Victoria, as Hockey Canada had a few more defensemen it wants to have a look at before the series concludes.

“I thought Ryan played very well,” Davidson told BlueJackets.com. “I also thought it was an outstanding hockey game with a lot of great young players."


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Through four games of the CHL Subway Super Series, the Canadians had seen quite the mixed bag of results.

And as the series shifted to beautiful British Columbia for a closing duet of games in Vancouver and Victoria, the fate of the host side rested with the Western Hockey League (WHL). The first four games of the annual event -- which serves as a prime chance to evaluate prospects vying for Team Canada's squad at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships -- were split by the Russians and Team OHL/Team QMJHL.

Goals from Ryan Strome and Frank Carrado propelled Team OHL to a much-needed 2-1 win at the RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ont. on Monday night, setting the stage for an exciting finish to the series.

Much like the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, the main attraction of Team WHL's lineup last night in Vancouver was on the blue line.

Captained by Blue Jackets first-round pick (second overall) Ryan Murray, Team WHL's defense featured names like Griffin Reinhart (fourth overall, New York Islanders), Morgan Rielly (fifth overall, Toronto), and Matt Dumba (seventh overall, Minnesota).


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.12.2012 / 4:51 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the second time in a week, a Blue Jackets prospect will captain the Canadian side of the CHL Subway Super Series.

The annual six-game exhibition is one of Hockey Canada's signature evaluation periods for the IIHF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Ufa, Russia just after the Christmas holiday.

For two weeks, the top prospects in the CHL's three member leagues go head-to-head with Russia's best prospects -- and it gives the Canadian management team a firsthand look at who's prepared to represent the country.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.12.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


NOTE: Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information, and in his weekly blog, he updates us on all the action from Ohio's CCHA clubs.

Friday: Miami cruises to a 5-2 win over Northern Michigan

Three power play goals helped No. 5 Miami (Ohio) down No. 16 Northern Michigan, 5-2, Friday night at Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center. Sophomore Austin Czarnik, along with freshmen Riley Barber and Matthew Caito, all had multi-point games for the RedHawks. Barber and Czarnik both had a goal and two assists to tie career highs with three points each while Caito had a score and a helper for his first multi-point effort. Miami sophomore forward Cody Murphy and senior forward Curtis McKenzie rounded out the host's scoring in the first game of two on the weekend.


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POSTED ON Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:30 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

In the last 48 hours, the Springfield Falcons have won two hockey games and have not allowed a single goal in either of them.

They occupy top spot in the AHL's Eastern Conference by two points over the Syracuse Crunch, who have one less win and have allowed 15 more goals than the Falcons. While the Falcons are a blast to watch every night, it's even more fun to dig into the numbers and find out what's been going well.

I think back to a conversation I had with Falcons head coach Brad Larsen just before the regular season started. I asked him what he thought about his club "on paper" after getting 20-plus assignments from the Blue Jackets; he was excited to see how the players fit together but cautioned that "everyone has a good team in this league right now."

He was right, but as it stands today, his team is one of the best good teams in the AHL.

After some intense number-crunching, here are some interesting tidbits...


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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 7:10 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Brad Larsen might want to get a patent for the magic he's working in Springfield.

Here are the staggering numbers to kick it off: the Falcons have outscored opponents by a 17-2 margin over their last three games, Curtis McElhinney's goals-against average is hovering around 1.44 (and is going to drop further after tonight's performance), and they have now scored the first goal in 10 consecutive contests.

Springfield recorded its second consecutive shutout this afternoon at MassMutual Center, defeating the Norfolk Admirals by a 5-0 final and solidifying its spot atop the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference.

Though we're only 11 games into the AHL regular season, it's hard not to get excited about the Falcons' hot start, and more than anything, they aren't just beating teams -- it's almost shocking when they allow a goal.

Prepare for another ridiculous statistic: the Falcons have given up just 17 goals in their first 11 games. "Stingy" just doesn't do them justice at this point.

Now that we've digested the numbers, how did this one play out?


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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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