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PREVIEW: Busy stretch begins as Blue Jackets host Dallas

Visit from Stars kicks off stretch of four games in six days for Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (2-3-0) vs. STARS (1-5-1) 

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports OhioCBJ appFOX Sports app97.1 The Fan

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Must-win games don't happen in the NHL in October, but there's another reality as well the Blue Jackets were staring in the face when they headed to Carolina on Saturday night to take on the unbeaten Hurricanes. 

You can't make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the season's first month, but you can put yourself in a heck of a hole.

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Central Ohio girls get chance to try hockey with Get Out And Learn!

Event over IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend introduced hockey to many

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When the Columbus Blue Jackets opened up a girls-only edition of its popular Get Out And Learn! (GOAL!) program, powered by Performance Columbus, the hope was to see central Ohio respond with excitement. 

It's fair to say the response even exceeded all expectations. 

The program filled up so quickly a second hour-long session was opened, and in the end, 75 girls between the ages of 5 and 8 registered to take to the ice at OhioHealth Chiller North on Oct. 5 to try the sport of hockey for the first time.  

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Time Out With Torts: October 15

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Bob McElligott talks with Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella about his team, his relationship with other coaches in the league and First Responders Night.

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ANALYSIS: Blue Jackets defense starting to come together

Columbus' style is coming into focus five games into season

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If you haven't heard the phrase "above the puck" during the start of the Blue Jackets' season, you haven't listened to many interviews featuring head coach John Tortorella. 

It's about being positionally sound and not chasing the game. That's especially true in transition, maybe that 90 feet from the CBJ's offensive faceoff dots all the way back to the team's defensive blue line. A whole heck of a lot of goals in the NHL end up in the net because of a chain of events that happens in that area, before an attacking team even enters the offensive zone, and that's where the Blue Jackets want to be strong. 

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CBJin30: October 14

Bob McElligott answers your questions in the Monday Mailbag episode

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

About #CBJin30, pres. by Telhio Credit Union
Blue Jackets broadcaster Bob McElligott (@BobbyMacSports) discusses all things #CBJ in this 30-minute special featuring opinions, insights and more as he hosts the team's official daily podcast, presented by Telhio Credit Union. You can subscribe to #CBJin30 on iTunes, find it on the official CBJ App, or right here on BlueJackets.com.

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Blue Jackets activate Liam Foudy off injured list, loan to London Knights

Forward suffered an upper body injury at the NHL Prospects Tournament

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Liam Foudy off the Injured/Non-Roster list and loaned him to the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The forward suffered an upper body injury at the NHL Prospects Tournament in September.

Foudy, 19, set OHL career highs with 36 goals and 32 assists for 68 points with 32 penalty minutes and a +39 plus/minus rating in 62 outings with the Knights in 2018-19. He finished second-T in the league in shorthanded goals (six) and ranked third on London in goals and points. He also made his professional debut at the end of the campaign, recording 2-0-2 in eight Calder Cup Playoffs games with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters.

The Scarborough, Ontario native has registered 69-54-123 with 73 penalty minutes and a +38 plus/minus rating in 185 career OHL games with the Knights. The 6-2, 182-pound center was selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 18th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Prospect Report: Angle, Hjorth each score in early season faceoff

Sherwood has two-goal game but Monsters fall; College hockey gets under way

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If you're a fan of Blue Jackets and their prospects, then Saturday night's game that featured the Sarnia Sting and Windsor Spitfires was a good time. 

The matchup in Windsor's WFCU Centre featured two players Columbus drafted in summer's NHL entry draft -- fourth-round pick Eric Hjorth, a defenseman from Sweden who plays for the Sting, and seventh-round pick Tyler Angle, a centerman who suits up for the Spitfires. 

And in a wild game -- be thankful the Blue Jackets haven't drafted either goalie, I guess -- both players scored as the home Spitfires took an 8-5 decision.  

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Searching for solid start, Bjorkstrand delivering in early going

Forward scored a huge goal for Blue Jackets in Saturday night's win

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

After Oliver Bjorkstrand finished a red-hot second half of the season for the Blue Jackets, he headed home to Denmark on the same page as head coach John Tortorella. 

Both looked at the tale of two seasons put together by the talented winger -- three goals in his first 30 games last year followed by 20 the rest of the campaign, including a scorching nine goals in 10 games to cap the campaign -- and agreed the next step in Bjorkstrand's development was to produce for a full season. 

"He has to find his determination right away without someone prodding him -- meaning me," Tortorella said early in camp. "I think it's part of maturity. It's part of the process for a young player." 

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2

Columbus deals Carolina its first loss of the season

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets dropped Carolina from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday night, winning by a 3-2 score in PNC Arena in Raleigh.  

Game in a Paragraph 

The teams were largely even through the first two periods in both goals and shot attempts, with it a 1-1 game after a period and a 2-2 score after two. Columbus then took the lead early in the third on a goal by Pierre-Luc Dubois and made it stand while improving to 2-3-0.

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PREVIEW: Columbus hits the road to take on division rival Carolina

Blue Jackets look to bounce back from Friday's loss in latter half of back-to-back

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (1-3-0) at HURRICANES (5-0-0) 

Saturday, 7 p.m., PNC Arena, Raleigh (FOX Sports OhioCBJ appFOX Sports app97.1 The Fan

If you like weekend hockey, the Blue Jackets have a schedule for you. 

Over the first five weekends of the season, Columbus has games on nine of the 10 Friday or Saturday evenings. That's four back-to-backs out of five weekends for the Blue Jackets to begin the season. 

On the other side of it, over the first four-plus weeks of the season, Columbus has games on just five of the 22 Sunday through Thursday dates.  

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