POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.17.2012 / 10:00 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


NOTE: This is the weekly column of BlueJackets.com writer Rob Mixer. Follow Rob on Twitter by clicking here, and be sure to follow his regular updates on the CBJ Today blog.

I had no idea what to expect when I got to Springfield, Mass. last weekend.

Along with Jackets TV producer Will Maetzold, we pulled up to the MassMutual Center in a GMC Yukon that was decked out head-to-toe in Blue Jackets decor. There's nothing easy about parking the enormous beast with a 30-gallon tank, but nothing beats traveling in style, either.

The thoughts running through my head during a 12-hour trek on I-90 followed a common theme: what kind of Springfield Falcons team are we going to find when we get there?


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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 5:46 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (2-0-0) 4, ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (1-1-0) 0
MassMutual Center | Springfield, MA
Attendance: 2,109


THE RUNDOWN
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- 
Prior to this afternoon's game, Brad Larsen said that regardless of any lineup changes he makes, the Falcons needed to wipe the slate clean and start over. This game would be an entirely different animal, he cautioned, and it turned out he was right.

Roles were reversed to open this contest as the Adirondack Phantoms got the start they were looking for, but could not capitalize on a number of quality opportunities. They were gifted two 5-on-3 power plays in the first period alone and generated 11 shots on goal in the opening stanza -- only to come up empty.

The Phantoms were 0-for-4 on the power play in the first period and the last penalty kill seemed to energize the Falcons, who were back on their heels for the first time in this very young season. Springfield relied on its top line to get things going, and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault did just that. He won a puck battle low in the offensive zone and slipped a pass to Ryan Johansen, who put on a dangling clinic on his way to the cage.

His last move was cutting across the paint and using his long reach to slam the puck into the far side, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead at 15:53 of the period. The goal was as artful as it was sorelyt needed, as it deflated the Phantoms and gave the home side an edge in momentum headed to the dressing room.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 9:20 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today


11:30 A.M. -- It's never easy for a goaltender who's coming off an injury and playing his first regular-season game in almost nine months, but Curtis McElhinney answered the bell last night. He shook off some early rust and made 23 saves in the Falcons' win.

Read more about McElhinney's opening-night performance in this feature.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 10:20 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today



SPRINGFIELD FALCONS (1-0-0) 4, ST. JOHN'S ICE CAPS (0-1-0) 2
MassMutual Center | Springfield, MA
Attendance: 6,151


THE RUNDOWN
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- There were a few things that Falcons head coach Brad Larsen liked about tonight's season-opening win, but first and foremost, his team never sagged in the face of adversity.

With an electric crowd on hand at the MassMutual Center and the budding excitement of a new chapter prevalent throughout, the Falcons were hot out of the gates and put the visitors back on their heels. But despite holding a heavy advantage in shots on goal, Springfield found itself in an early hole.

A cross-checking penalty to Dalton Prout gave the IceCaps a power play chance they would indeed cash in on, thanks to a nifty goal from Carl Klingberg just over eight minutes in.

But the counterpunch was what propeled the Falcons into the catbird seat.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.13.2012 / 8:15 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

8:20 A.M. -- Good morning from sunny (and chilly) Springfield!

It was a lengthy drive yesterday with a couple of stops along the way - I can be high-maintenance when it comes to meal time - but BlueJackets.com and JacketsTV have safely arrived in the land of the Falcons.

We're about an hour away from the Falcons' morning skate, where we'll report with photos, lineups, injury news (if applicable), and get to talk to some of the players as they prepare for what should an exciting opening night at MassMutual Center.

Here's what we do know as the first official Falcons game day begins...

St. John's is a pretty good team, and got even better when the Winnipeg Jets assigned Alex Burmistrov to the IceCaps prior to the NHL work stoppage. They upgraded in goal over the summer with former Springfield netminder Mark Dekanich, and will undoubtedly be a stern opponent to kick off the 2012-13 campaign.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.12.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

FALCONS OPEN SEASON WITH WEEKEND SET

In many ways, this is a fresh start for the Springfield Falcons that begins on Saturday night at the MassMutual Center.

There’s a new voice behind the bench in Brad Larsen. The club is equipped with a young, dynamic roster that features some of the Blue Jackets top prospects. They will be sporting sharp new third jerseys for the first time in franchise history when the puck drops, and there’s a sense of “together” that has been fostered from the changes.

Falcons president and GM Bruce Landon was quick to credit Chris MacFarland and the hockey operations staff in Columbus for a productive offseason, which yielded the signing of a new starting goaltender (Curtis McElhinney) and one of the soon-to-be offensive mainstays of the club (Jonathan Audy-Marchessault).

The progression of prospects within the Blue Jackets system has turned a deep group of defensemen into management’s biggest decision. Will Weber is ready for the pro ranks after a taste last season,Austin Madaisky has made the jump from the WHL and Tim Erixon joins the organization after a certain significant trade with the New York Rangers.

Sure, the American Hockey League is going to be as strong as it has possibly ever been this season, but that shouldn’t diminish the Falcons’ chances to contend – both within their division and within their conference.


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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.11.2012 / 4:35 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

I remember hearing the praise for Boone Jenner when the Blue Jackets drafted him in 2011, but you can sometimes fall guilty to believing everything that's said about players when they’re picked.

“He works hard, he competes, he’s a good team guy.” Those words are tossed around like world peace at a beauty pageant and after a while, you wonder if people are just reading off a teleprompter.

But there are certain players that embody everything you hear about them, and when NHL teams get their hands on one, it’s awfully tough to pry them away.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and his staff have a lot to look forward to with the now 19-year-old captain of the Oshawa Generals – who are the Ontario Hockey League’s first-place team and on quite a roll at home.

Jenner is also the league’s leading scorer with 16 points in his first seven games, and has put a young Generals squad on his back in the early going.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 11:45 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

What do you get when Stinger and his Blue Jackets pals hang out at Nationwide Arena? In this case, it's a party that was "Gangnam Style" from the start.

There are plenty of CBJ cameos in this parody video, can you spot them all? Comment and let us know what you think!

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 10:10 AM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

NOTE: This is the weekly column of BlueJackets.com writer Rob Mixer. Follow Rob on Twitter by clicking here, and be sure to check out his regular updates on the CBJ Today blog.

Thankfully, I stopped doing the "Gangnam Style" dance at my desk long enough to write this column.

And I hope you now have that horrifying mental image wiped out. My apologies.

Ahem.

In just a few days, the Springfield Falcons are beginning a new chapter.

There is a lot to look forward to. Brad Larsen heads up a young, energized coaching staff that shares a lot of the same beliefs and philosophies as Todd Richards' staff in Columbus. The Falcons coaches have all played in the American Hockey League, and are fully aware of what their players are going to experience on and off the ice.

Blue Jackets fans will be paying close attention to this intriguing group of players, in large part due to the number of familiar names that occupy the roster: Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson, John Moore, Matt Calvert, David Savard, and a host of others are going to be key contributors to any success the Falcons enjoy.


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POSTED ON Monday, 10.08.2012 / 12:30 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

It's probably a bit premature to label an early-October hockey game as a "heavyweight showdown," but Friday night's matchup between Oshawa and Kingston had all the makings of a must-see.

On one hand, there were the surprising Frontenacs, picked by many to occupy the lower regions of the Ontario Hockey League standings and struggle to win on a consistent basis. Then you have the Generals, a talent-laden club that is looking to finally steer the ship in the right direction and compete for a championship.

Two different paths and two unique situations, but they had a thread of commonality on Friday: both teams wanted to win the game and continue their torrid October paces in the OHL.

General Motors Centre in Oshawa was the place to be: a couple of hockey clubs playing very well on a big holiday weekend in Canada with plenty of emotion in the building.

And it was quite the hockey game to marry with the atmosphere.


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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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