POSTED ON Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 10:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


ERIE, PA -- Otters head coach Robbie Ftorek probably said it best: "every puck looks like a basketball for this guy."

After a 49-save performance from his goaltender, Oscar Dansk, it's easy to see why. He was the story of the game, the No. 1 star, and the No. 1 reason why Erie outlasted a far better team tonight.

Two clubs headed in different directions clashed tonight at the Erie Insurance Arena, and ironically enough, they seemed to be going in different directions after the game, too. Oshawa started fast, tapered off in the middle and got discouraged down the stretch as the Otters scratched out a 6-1 win on home ice.

Despite the lopsided final score, it felt as if this tilt was in the balance all the way through.

Erie didn't look like a last-place club tonight, and conversely, the Generals were good at times but didn't play like the stalwarts they've been in the first 20 games of the OHL season.

Hockey can be funny like that sometimes.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 6:36 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


ERIE, PA -- For the first time since they were selected by the Blue Jackets in the NHL Draft, Boone Jenner and Oscar Dansk will go head-to-head.

Tonight's game at the Erie Insurance Arena does not hold playoff implications nor will it determine the fate of either club for the duration of the season, but both guys will have a little extra adrenaline running as the game gets under way.

Jenner is coming off another stellar performance in the CHL Subway Super Series, where he served as captain for Team OHL on Thursday night in Guelph, Ont. After a pair of disappointing losses to the Russians to start the series, the OHL notched the first win for the Canadian side at Sleeman Centre.

Jenner was a key contributor at both ends of the rink for Team OHL, which continues the Super Series on Monday night in Sarnia.



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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 4:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Any time the words "Team Canada" and "World Juniors" are in the mix, it's obviously an important period of time in junior hockey.

Such has been the case since Monday night, when the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Subway Super Series began at the Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau in Boisbriand, Quebec.

The Super Series is one of Hockey Canada's key evaluation periods for its national junior team selection, and the brass gets to see how its youngsters from three different leagues match up against those from Russia.

The series is comprised of six games in total, meaning each Canadian junior league's top players face the Russians twice. Teams represented by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Western Hockey League (WHL) get two chances to impress scouts in six locations across Canada.

And when the OHL gets its turn on center stage tonight, Boone Jenner will serve as captain for his side in Guelph, Ont. at the Sleeman Centre. He's had a terrific start to his season with the Oshawa Generals (where he also serves as club captain), tallying 15 goals and 15 assists in 19 games for the Generals -- which currently slots him as the OHL's second-leading scorer.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 4:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


4:45 P.M. -- A very happy Sunday afternoon to everyone! Welcome back to our BlueJackets.com game day blog, bringing you everything you need to know about the Springfield Falcons before, during, and after the game. Tonight's game is the first of 12 against the rival Connecticut Whale, so this figures to be an engaging affair once the puck drops at the XL Center in Hartford.

As if being separated by a few miles on Interstate 91 wasn't enough to fuel a spirited rivalry, two of the Whale's top players a year ago have joined the ranks in Springfield. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, who picked up 64 points last season for Connecticut, signed an entry-level deal with the Blue Jackets over the summer and has solidifed himself as one of the Falcons' top offensive weapons.


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POSTED ON Friday, 11.02.2012 / 4:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The calendar has turned to November, and with that, comes a bit of reflection.

Springfield Falcons head coach Brad Larsen knew the month of October would be important for his hockey club. They had a solid training camp and got many things accomplished, but starting the year on the right note was huge for his team.

I think we can safely say the Falcons took care of business and took advantage of a home-heavy October, going 5-1-1 in the season's first month and taking hold of first place in the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference.

Their next big task is to capitalize on October's momentum and keep it going with a difficult schedule in November. After playing all but one of their games inside the MassMutual Center last month, the Falcons play five home games and six road games this month.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Curtis McElhinney is making an early case for comeback player of the year in the American Hockey League, mere months after the word "retirement" crept into his mind.

The veteran netminder has been one of the many bright spots for the first-place Springfield Falcons, who lead the Northeast Division as well as the AHL's Eastern Conference through seven games. He was named the league's Goaltender of the Month for October in a release issued by the AHL this afternoon.

Such recognition for McElhinney comes less than a year after major abdominal surgery that caused him to miss most of the 2011-12 season, and forced him to legitimately ponder life after hockey.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.01.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had a lot of people ask me "how have the Springfield Falcons been so good?"

It's a legitimate question. Things have changed out there, for sure, but a lot has remained the same. Brad Larsen was elevated from his assistant coach position to take over as the lead guy, they made some free agent additions over the summer namely captain Ryan Craig), and had some reinforcements arrive via assignment from the Blue Jackets in September.

Larsen told me before training camp started: "Sure, we have a good team on paper. But everybody has a good team this year. The league is stacked with talent."

I'm not saying he downplayed his team's chances for success, but on the other hand, he makes a great point. The American Hockey League is on center stage right now and several top prospects are playing for their affiliates.

On this first day of November, perhaps we can try to answer some of the questions I've been asked.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 4:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a very good reason why playing professional sports is referred to as "living the dream."

Mainly because that's exactly what is: almost averse to reality, an accomplishment so rare we pay good money to watch those who have achieved it. The National Hockey League is far and away the greatest collection of hockey talent on the planet, but perhaps one of the most passionate collections of hockey "lifers" rests within our city limits.

If you grew up in this city like I have, The Chiller name is synonymous with hockey and childhood memories. I put my first pair of ice skates on at their Dublin location, and showed off my average skating on that very sheet of ice several times during grade-school field trips.

Back when the Fairgrounds Coliseum wasn't available to host Columbus Chill playoff games, the team held its postseason home games at The Chiller in Dublin. They did their best to pack over 1,000 people in there and I was in attendance, with my dad, face pressed against the glass in an attempt to heckle the Wheeling Nailers or whoever they were playing.

How could I forget one of my middle school classmates trying a triple lutz and breaking his nose in the Ice Haus? (No, I won't divulge his identity. But his name rhymes with Justin).

Those were the days, I tell you. And for 171 teams filled with hockey-crazy adults in Columbus, those days happily live on.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.30.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Hello again, Blue Jackets fans! We're back with another Trivia Tuesday installment, and as usual, we're going to try and stump you with Blue Jackets trivia. 

For this week's question, we're going to test your knowledge of CBJ birthdays.

Let's keep it short and sweet this week, shall we? Same rules apply: fill out the form, hit the "submit" button at the bottom and you're off and running. Randomly-selected winners get an awesome Blue Jackets prize, and the distinct honor of knowing they got the question correct.

Here's the question:

This player was a first-round pick of the Blue Jackets within the last five years, has worn a few different jersey numbers in his hockey career, and will be celebrating his 22nd birthday in a few weeks. Who is he?

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.29.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

GO Buckeyes!

Image credit: Ohio State University athletics

Blue Jackets television analyst Bill Davidge is one of the most plugged-in sources for college hockey information, and as a former head coach at Miami University, he's got a keen eye for the happenings around the game.

Davidge checks in here with his latest college hockey update for the CBJ Today, bringing us up to speed on the first week of action for Ohio's collegiate squads.

Game 1: No. 5 Miami at No. 6 Michigan
Two high-powered teams split first CCHA series

On Friday night, the sixth-ranked Wolverines scored two third-period goals and salvaged a 4-2 victory over Miami. But Michigan didn’t have the same late-game magic on Saturday — the RedHawks tallied three third-period goals of their own in less than three minutes' time to win 4-3 and walk away with a weekend split.


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HOME
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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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