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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

Division foes Columbus & Carolina meet for the second time in five days

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

GAME 45: BLUE JACKETS VS. HURRICANES

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 5 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

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O'Ree's message: "work hard" & enjoy the game

Visit to Columbus included stops at four local high schools

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

In 1958, Willie O'Ree broke the color barrier in the NHL when he stepped on the ice as a member of the Boston Bruins. In 1998, O'Ree took on the role of Director of Cause Marketing and Ambassador for the league's "Hockey is for Everyone" initiative focused on increasing diversity in the sport.

And last Friday, in partnership with the Columbus Ice Hockey Club (CIHC), O'Ree was in Columbus, visiting with local high school children and spreading the word about the value of hard work, the game of hockey and the opportunity for everyone to play.

"Since the CIHC started we've had about 16,000 kids participate," John Haferman, CIHC Director, told BlueJackets.com. "I would have to give Mr. O'Ree credit for over half the kids coming our way saying 'hey, we saw this, how do we get involved?' He's the only reason our program is still going, I think."

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What We Learned: OTT 2, CBJ 0

Condon makes 42 saves in a frustrating loss for Columbus

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

The Blue Jackets didn't play poorly tonight, and unfortunately for them, Mike Condon played really well.

Their first period was solid and their pace slowed in the second period, but it seemed as though the home team started to warm to its game early in the third period. Two of Columbus' best chances came while shorthanded, and a point-blank look for Cam Atkinson (denied by Condon) off a great Zach Werenski pass felt like the game in a nutshell.

Close? Yes, but just not sharp enough to break through and make things interesting. Condon made 42 saves for his third shutout of the season, dropping the Blue Jackets to 30-10-4.

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Forsberg named to AHL All-Star Classic roster

Forsberg joins Oliver Bjorkstrand and Ryan Craig as Monsters' representatives

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / http://www.bluejackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Goaltender Anton Forsberg from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, has been added to the Central Division's All-Star roster in the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, the Monsters and AHL announced today.

Forsberg, along with forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Ryan Craig, will represent the Monsters at the event to be held January 29 and 30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Senators

Columbus meets resurgent Ottawa team for first time this season

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

GAME 44: BLUE JACKETS VS. SENATORS

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

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Winter Park public skating schedule announced

Team will hold open practice at outdoor rink on Thursday, Feb. 2

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / http://www.bluejackets.com

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today the schedule for daily public skating sessions at the NHL-sized ice rink that will anchor Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park presented by Worthington Industries at McFerson Commons (across the street from Nationwide Arena) from Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 26. 

One day before the official opening, the Blue Jackets are scheduled to hold a team practice at the outdoor rink on Thursday, February 2 at 11 a.m. The practice will be free and open to the public.  

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Patience paying off for the Cleveland Monsters

Young team starting to find its footing at season's midway point

by Alison Lukan @AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

The Cleveland Monsters (17-14-3-1) are currently fourth in the AHL's Central Division and seventh overall in the league standings. But the standings belie the work the team has put in as the season has progressed. After overcoming a six-game losing streak in late October, the team has had a productive surge of play and since Nov 30, they are 11-4-0-2.

 "I'm very appreciative of the resiliency of this team after they went 0-6 and that they didn't tank," Monsters GM/Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito told BlueJackets.com. "These are good players. That's what they're supposed to do.

"I think they just had a few bumps early on and they needed to adjust to a myriad of different factors sort of individually. And then they started to come together."

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 4, CAR 1

Dubinsky scores twice, Bobrovsky gets the win in his return

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

John Tortorella still had concerns about his team's readiness - even after a win tonight - but in this case, he liked how the Blue Jackets seized momentum and got themselves into the game.

It did not need to be said: this was an important game. Columbus had lost four of its last six games since the end of a 16-game winning streak, and three of those losses had come to teams in the Metropolitan Division. They knew it was time to get back on track.

Despite a poor start and yielding the game's first goal, the Blue Jackets had a counterpunch late in the first period that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game. Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky, two guys Tortorella would love to see get going offensively, scored goals 35 seconds apart to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: Jan. 16

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / http://www.bluejackets.com

The Blue Jackets react to the Martin St. Louis ceremony in Tampa, the NFL playoffs and more in this week's #CBJ Roundup:

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Preview: Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes

Columbus' three-game home stand opens against a Metro Division foe

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer / BlueJackets.com

GAME 43: BLUE JACKETS VS. HURRICANES

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M.

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO / FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

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