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Practice notes: Nutivaara playing 'mad' since return to Blue Jackets

Defenseman using preseason disappointment to fuel his solid play; Sedlak to return

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Markus Nutivaara has played with a strong determination this season.

The 23-year old Finnish defenseman is in his second NHL season, and hasn't left the Blue Jackets' lineup since being recalled from the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League on Oct. 15, a span of 16 games.

Nutivaara's motivation wasn't merely the goal of getting back to the NHL, though. It was a little more visceral than that, and tied to his unsuccessful bid to make the season-opening roster for Columbus.

"It wasn't that kind of motivation," Nutivaara said Tuesday, after practice at Nationwide Arena. "I was just so mad. I was so mad. I think that gave me a big push."

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Preview: Blue Jackets hope to douse Flames for fifth straight victory

Calgary riding red-hot Gaudreau, who has 19 points in 10-game point streak.

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

GAME 22: FLAMES (12-8-0) AT BLUE JACKETS (13-7-1)

NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 P.M., WEDNESDAY

TV: FOX SPORTS OHIO/FOX SPORTS GO

RADIO: 97.1 FM & BLUEJACKETS.COM

Two of the hottest teams in the NHL will hit the ice Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena, as the Blue Jackets look to upend the Calgary Flames and push their winning streak to a season-high five in a row.

Columbus's four-game streak is its second of that length already, and the Blue Jackets just reached the quarter-pole mark of the season. Extending it to five will be a challenge against Calgary, which has won its past two in a row and is 7-3-0 in its past 10 games.

The Flames' top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland are racking up goals and points in bunches recently, including Gaudreau riding a career-high 10-game point streak.

"It's just understanding the type of team you're playing against," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said Tuesday, after practice. "They have a lot of similar traits as us. You've got the high-powered offense, the great defensemen and a good goalie. So, I'm expecting a great matchup and an exciting game because of the talent out there. We look forward to playing these guys."

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Blue Jackets activate center Lukas Sedlak off Injured Reserve

Team welcomes back Sedlak after he's missed the last 13 games with an injury

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Lukas Sedlak off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Sedlak, 24, has missed the past 13 games due to an ankle injury suffered in the team's practice on October 23. He has notched nine goals and six assists for 15 points with 29 penalty minutes and is +8 in 70 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, including posting 2-0-2 with four penalty minutes in eight contests this season. 

Video: Sedlak talks about returning to the Jackets lineup

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CBJ Foundation recognized as a 2017 National Philanthropy Day Honoree

Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) presented the "Outstanding Foundation" award during today's Celebrate Giving award luncheon

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - In conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation was recognized by the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as its 2017 "Outstanding Foundation." The Blue Jackets Foundation received the honor earlier today at the 25th anniversary Celebrate Giving award luncheon held at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

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Blue Jackets announce holiday initiatives

Mystery ornament fundraiser, Santa Stinger photos and a toy collection highlight initiatives

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets are celebrating the season of giving with a host of charitable opportunities that include a pair of holiday-themed fundraisers to benefit the Blue Jackets Foundation and a game-night toy drive.

 

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Latest line shuffling sprouts interesting combo for Panarin

Dynamic Russian left wing scored for a second straight game, playing with two power forwards

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It was only one game, so it's too early to make any definitive statements about Artemi Panarin and his latest linemates: Pierre-Luc Dubois and Josh Anderson.

That doesn't mean there wasn't some chemistry between them Monday night at KeyBank Center, when the Blue Jackets won their fourth straight game, 3-2, against the Buffalo Sabres.

Put together for the first time by coach John Tortorella, with Panarin and Anderson flanking the rookie center Dubois, their line was the best on the ice for either team. They kept the action in the Sabres' zone and two of them scored goals - Dubois to open the scoring in the second period and Panarin in the third to make it 2-0.

"He's a guy that plays the game differently than some of our forwards, and I don't want to take away his game," Tortorella said of Panarin, who's been an odd fit thus far on a team with a lot of straight-line forwards. "We just need to find a complement to it. For tonight's game. I thought it was a good line."

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 3, BUF 2

Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored goals for the Blue Jackets

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. - It wasn't the prettiest ending in the world, but it'll suffice.

Despite nearly coughing up a 3-0 lead in the third period, the Blue Jackets hung on Monday at KeyBank Center for their fourth win in a row, downing the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in a game that had a close-call finish.

Rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois, Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored goals for the Blue Jackets (13-7-1), while defenseman Markus Nutivaara had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his fourth straight win, but had two get past him in the final nine-plus minutes of the third period to create a tense conclusion.

"It's two points," Jenner said. "We found a way to win, I think. It's not ideal giving up two when you that lead in the third, with that much time left. You've got to kind of sharpen your game up at that time of the game, but we can learn from it. We regrouped and found a way to win. That's the main thing."

 

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#CBJWildlights descends on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A night of hockey, #CBJ and the Wildlights

by Jimmy Longo BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Sunday Nov. 19 saw the 5th Line emerge towards the Columus Zoo and Aquarium's annual Wildights at the Zoo for #CBJWildlights night.

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Elk and Elk Honoree, CBJ elevator operator Bill Reed reflects on service

Reed has been with the organization 17 years

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Elk & Elk Honoree Bill Reed

We thank Bill for his service to our country

On October 19, the Blue Jackets and Elk and Elk honored Bill Reed for his service to our country. Thank you, Bill!

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The former U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, Essex, was headed home from a "People to People" cruise in January 1962, after making ports of call in the Netherlands (Rotterdam), Germany (Hamburg) and Scotland (Greenock).

Aboard was Bill Reed, a 19-year old radar technician from St. Marys, Ohio.

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#CBJ Social Roundup: November 20

Cam's new deal, Savy is now beardless, Bob and Panarin workout together and more

by Jimmy Longo BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

It was a big week on the ice and off of it for the Blue Jackets. The squad went 2-0 with an overtime win in Montreal before a 2-0 win Friday night at home against the Rangers. Off the ice there was even more excitment around the team.

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