POSTED ON Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 12:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Springfield Falcons conclude their first "three in three" weekend of the season this afternoon at the MassMutual Center. They're looking to get back in the win column against the unpredictable Portland Pirates, who have been quite the mixed back so far this season. Portland is the highest-scoring club in the AHL (averaging almost five goals per game), but also holds the league's worst team goals-against average.

After Paul Dainton's terrific performance last night in a shootout loss to Bridgeport, will coach Brad Larsen go with the hot hand or turn back to regular starter Curtis McElhinney?

You can find that information and much more in our Falcons game day blog.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 3:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Springfield Falcons are off to a 4-1-0 start, and are leading the AHL's Northeast Division after five games. They've given up a league-low seven (7) goals in those five games, thanks to terrific goaltending from Curtis McElhinney and solid team defense in front of him.

Following a 3-0 win over the Providence Bruins last night at the Dunkin Donuts Center, the Falcons continue their first "three in three" weekend of the season tonight at home. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are in town for a Saturday night showdown at the MassMutual Center, and are coming off their first loss of the season last night.

You can follow all the action throughout the day and during the game on the BlueJackets.com game day blog.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.26.2012 / 4:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today
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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.25.2012 / 3:01 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

When you're leading the division and adversity strikes, suddenly, every game's importance hits another level.

The Oshawa Generals got to the summit of the Ontario Hockey League's East Division using a balanced attack, some stellar play by their captain, and quality goaltending from a netminder who needed a strong season. Loaded for bear with several top young players, the Generals looked to be in solid position to remain in contention all season.

They got their first bump in the road over the weekend.

In a game against the Ottawa 67's, Oshawa forward Scott Laughton (a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers) delivered a dangerous hit to the head of Ottawa forward Daniel Walsh, who had his back to the play and never saw it coming.

Laughton was handed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct -- meaning he will likely face disciplinary action from the OHL, which has really started to crack down on hits to the head in recent years. Not only is Laughton a significant contributor for the Generals, he's one of those guys that can get the bench ignited with his play.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 6:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It took me about three-tenths of a second (maybe less) to recognize how much John Davidson's arrival means to the Blue Jackets organization.

Imagine the minutes leading up to the big moment: me, miraculously dressed in a shirt-and-tie combo, fleeting through the halls of Nationwide Arena trying to get down to the loading back before 1:15 p.m., awaiting the arrival of the Davidson family. I nearly fell once, dropped my water bottle down a flight of stairs and incorrectly assumed that stomping my foot would make the elevator arrive sooner.

Such is the glorious life of the digital media department: on a day filled with such excitement and anticipation, I was playing the awkward role of part-reporter and part-paparazzi armed with an iPhone and new slacks I didn't want to dirty.

That lasted all of five seconds. I knelt on the ground of the loading dock, earning a dusty swatch on my left pant leg mere moments before the white GMC Yukon courtesy car rolled on to the premises.

But man...it was all worth it.

The thoughts running through my head were pretty comical: do I have food on my face? Do I look like a fool snapping a Twitpic of JD and his family when they've been in Columbus for all of an hour? High likelihood placed on the former, but the latter was quickly squashed.

Davidson arrived with his best support team: wife, Diana, and daughters Lindsay and Ashley. They walked in-step, together, all bearing smiles indicative of the great pride shared among them for John's big day. His daughters are grown and one is an aspiring veterinarian in Canada, but there was no chance of missing such an important time in their dad's life.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.24.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

The Blue Jackets have long said they would explore all avenues to fortify their hockey operations department, and when the opportunity to pursue one of the game's most respected executives arose, they jumped all over it.

Mike Priest and the Blue Jackets ownership group kept close tabs on John Davidson over the last year or so. With St. Louis going through an ownership change and the futures of many still up in the air, Priest wanted to be prepared in case he had the chance to make a move.

A clause in Davidson's contract with the Blues allowed him to speak with other teams and look at other ventures last spring, and in late May, he came to Columbus to meet with the Blue Jackets -- and that's where the connection began.

The final piece of the puzzle with Davidson and the Blue Jackets falls into place this afternoon.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 10.23.2012 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


Did you miss Trivia Tuesday?

No fear -- we're back. After a couple weeks off, the CBJ Today blog is thrilled to once again feature our weekly trivia contest. We like testing your knowledge, sure, but the best part is having the opportunity to win some awesome Blue Jackets prizes.

If you've been keeping tabs on our Springfield Falcons coverage, you may have seen a feature story last week on Bruce Landon. Bruce has been a part of hockey in western Massachusetts for over 40 years, and he has something in common with a couple members of the Blue Jackets hockey operations department.


Click here to enter for YOUR chance to win!

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POSTED ON Monday, 10.22.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Ryan Murray never thought the Everett Silvertips were far off from putting wins together, and it turns out he was right on the money.

They stumbled out of the gate and couldn't really get any part of their game going on a consistent basis. One night, their goaltending was poor. The next night, the Silvertips were unable to generate anything in the offensive zone and goal-scoring become worrisome.

Apparently, all it took was the season's longest road trip to get Everett back on track.

In closing out their six-game, two-week trek through the plains of western Canada, the Silvertips won three straight to leap frog the Seattle Thunderbirds and climb out of the cellar in the WHL's U.S. Division.

After an impressive 3-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos last Wednesday, the Silvertips moved on to Prince Albert to begin the weekend on Friday. The Art Hauser Centre is never an easy place to play, and with the Raiders off to a good start, the Silvertips needed one of their most complete games to maintain their winning ways.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.19.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

3:30 P.M. -- This will be a very abbreviated version of the Springfield Falcons game day blog, but make no mistake: tonight's game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins is a big one for Springy.

Not only will the Falcons move to 3-0-0 for the first time ever with a victory, it will be an important step in carrying momentum over from opening weekend. They escaped with no major injuries (though Dalton Smith did get a scare) and held their own against two very good teams in the American Hockey League.

The Baby Pens are an interesting opponent because they're one of the few teams that hasn't received a lot of NHL-caliber help from the parent club. Are they still a solid club? Absolutely, but it's not an Oklahoma City situation with the likes of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suiting for the farm club.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.18.2012 / 11:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

"Tough sledding" would probably be an accurate descriptor for the first month of the season in Everett, but the Silvertips have also played better than their record shows.

It's been an up-and-down start, too, with the Silvertips struggling to score goals and get consistent goaltending, but also getting contributions from some unexpected places. Only three teams in the Western Hockey League (WHL) have yielded more goals than they have (43), the Brandon Wheat Kings, Saskatoon Blades and Medicine Hat Tigers.

Early-season trades and personnel changes have not helped Everett (3-7-1, 7 points) much to this point, but there are some signs that fortunes could be turning.

For as poorly as they have played at times, the Silvertips are only three points back of Seattle and four wins behind the first-place Tri-City Americans. The season is long and the road ahead is long, so there is no reason for panic within the Silvertips dressing room, but getting wins under their belts and building some confidence is paramount.


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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 3 3 1 1 4
B. Dubinsky 3 0 4 0 4
M. Calvert 3 2 1 3 3
R. Johansen 3 1 2 0 3
B. Jenner 3 1 2 -1 3
D. Savard 3 0 3 1 3
C. Atkinson 3 1 1 1 2
D. MacKenzie 3 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 3 1 0 0 1
J. Skille 3 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 2 0 .904 3.32
 
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