The Real All-Stars

Posted by Staff on January 26, 2015
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It’s over. An event that really has been in the works since 2012 – an NHL All-Star game in Columbus – is over.

Think about that. For three years our city has been hoping, and planning and waiting to showcase what we could do – what Columbus was about. And finally the time came. This past weekend was the big payoff and what a payoff it was.

First came the Winter Park, a glorious outside festival of s’mores, live TV, food, drink and the marquis outdoor rink. If you didn’t make it on the outdoor rink, well…you should have. There still is nothing like skating outdoors – the crisp air biting at your cheeks, the ice just a touch drier crunching under your skates. Bundled up with a scarf and mittens and perhaps your favorite toque as you whipped around the ice – maybe even watching a Blue Jackets game on the outdoor jumbotron. It was glorious. And right around the corner was the best sight – the snow slide. Seriously. A 30+ foot high SNOW SLIDE. Amazing.

There was the Fan Fair in the Convention Center, the 5K run and of course the skills competition and the game…all of which was expertly planned and executed but…

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Goal Breakdown: A Look at the Blue Jackets’ Powerplay

Posted by The Coach on January 23, 2015
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The Columbus Blue Jackets powerplay has been humming this season. They are currently sitting at 4th overall, scoring at a 24.3% clip. If they can keep that up, this would be the deadliest CBJ powerplay ever, as well as their top finish (records held by last years 11th place finish at 19.3%). So what has changed since last year? A lot. The personal hasn’t changed too much, but how they have been able to deploy that personnel has opened up more options, and allowed the powerplay to be more diverse. For all the things that RJ Umberger wasn’t good at, he was a pretty good net front presence on the powerplay. But that is Nick Foligno‘s job now, and he’s obviously flourished there. The other major components are Ryan JohansenJames WisniewskiJack Johnson, and the new member Scott Hartnell. It’s that last name that really opens up what the Jackets can do. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ WPG

Posted by Brett Ireland on January 22, 2015
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The Columbus Blue Jackets strolled into a cold Winnipeg Thursday night with, admittedly, a weekend more glamorous than a few points late at night in the NHL’s least park-filled city. The Jackets were looking to make a road trip a perfect 3/3 after beating a pesky Bruins club and meandering out of Minnesota with 2 points against one of this season’s most disappointing stories. The Jets had won 4 in a row going into tonight’s game, and it showed all evening that they were confident in their speed, their strength and their goaltending.


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Photos from The Union Blue & BS Hockey Skate

Posted by DerDrache on January 21, 2015
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I just arrived home from an awesome skate/meet up at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Rink, part of the All Star Winter Park (presented by Worthington Industries) and man, what a great setup. It was great to see so many community members show up and even join us for a delicious dinner at Rodizio Grill. Enjoy the pictures below!

 

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Community Skate Details – Wednesday, January 21

Posted by Staff on January 20, 2015
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Hello everyone!

If you haven’t already heard, we are partnering with Buckeye State Hockey to provide you a full slate of events during All-Star Week! Tomorrow the fun begins with our community skate…here are some last minute details and information – we hope to see many of you there!

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ MIN

Posted by The Coach on January 20, 2015
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A slow first period for both teams lead into an interesting second period before the Jackets pulled away from the Minnesota Wild for a 3-1 win. It was a close game in every facet, from shots to faceoff wins, to blocked shots, and powerplay goals. A huge save by Sergei Bobrovsky on a penalty shot and a crucial kill on a four minute powerplay by the Jackets allowed them to maintain the 1-1 tie going into the third. From there, the Wiz-bomb took over, with a goal and tipped in shot providing the winning margin.

3rd Star: Zach Parise

Parise had a pretty solid game, doing everything for the Wild. He’s a very strangely rated player at this point in his career. I can’t decide if he is underrated or overrated. I feel like he doesn’t get discussed as much as he should when talking about the top two-way players in the game. But at the same time, he’s not the superstar he’s sometimes made out to be, and not the offensive force some seem to expect him to be. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an awesome player, but he was also on the losing side of the biggest play of the game tonight.
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January 12-18 CBJ Prospect Week in Review

Posted by CBJProspects on January 19, 2015
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Greetings all! I’m back after our latest top 20 prospect update for the week in review. We’ll start off on a rare light week in Springfield.

The Falcons were off to Albany for a game against the Devils. After a scoreless first, Kerby Rychel tipped a Frederic St Denis point shot to make it 1-0. The Devils tied it with just under a minute remaining before winning it in overtime. Anton Forsberg made 25 saves in the 2-1 loss. Closing the week off against Binghamton, the Falcons went through a rough one. After a scoreless first period, the Sens built a 3-0 lead before St Denis scored to make it 3-1. After a late Sens goal, Lukas Sedlak and Austin Madaisky scored to make it 4-3 but the Sens finished it by scoring two empty net goals. Forsberg would take the loss stopping 13 of 17 in the first two periods before handing things over to Oscar Dansk stopping all nine shots he faced. As for next week, the Falcons will play two games before taking time for the AHL All Star game.

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: CBJ @ BOS

Posted by DerDrache on January 17, 2015
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After what I considered to be a great game against the Rangers in Columbus I was curious to see how the Jackets would respond to not being rewarded with 2 points for their efforts. They did exactly what they needed to do in Boston tonight. Not only did they play well but they played very disciplined hockey and were able to open the scoring with a gorgeous power play snipe from Johansen. Continue reading…

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Three Stars and Game in One Picture: NYR @ CBJ

Posted by AlisonL on January 17, 2015
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The Blue Jackets are now on a four game losing streak. The first three seemed to show uninspired hockey, but last night was different. After a significant line jumbling by Todd Richards, and the addition of rookie Josh Anderson, the Jackets showed tenacious, physical, offense-minded hockey. They outshot the Rangers, they out possessed the Rangers, but Lundvist out-saved the Jackets. And that’s the tale of the tape.

Let’s take a look at the three stars for the game as named by NHL.com:

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Top 20 CBJ Prospects

Posted by CBJProspects on January 16, 2015
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Hello all – time for our annual post WJC update to my top 20 prospect list. Starting off with a recap of our last top 20 list, here it is:

1. Alexander Wennberg
2. Kerby Rychel
3. Sonny Milano
4. Marko Dano
5a/5b. Anton Forsberg/Oscar Dansk
6. Oliver Bjorkstrand
7. Mike Reilly
8. Michael Chaput
9. Cody Goloubef
10. Daniel Zaar
11. Dillon Heatherington
12. Josh Anderson
13. Peter Quenneville
14. Markus Soberg
15. Ryan Collins
16. Julien Pelletier
17. Blake Siebenaler
18. Joonas Korpisalo
19. Elvis Merzlikins

Now, unlike last time where we had some subtractions today we only have additions to the list along with some normal movement in the list.

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