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GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Wild

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets Game Day






FINAL: Wild 3, CBJ 0

8:20 P.M. -- With just under 5:00 remaining, the Jackets are still trailing 2-0.

8:13 P.M. -- Penalty killed by Minnesota

8:09 P.M. -- Jackets...on the POWER PLAAAAAYYYYYY!

7:40 P.M. -- SECOND PERIOD ANALYSIS: Not the second period that the Blue Jackets were looking for, on multiple fronts. They took some undisciplined penalties - two of which led to power play goals for the Wild - and gave Minnesota plenty of momentum. The Wild out-shot Columbus 11-4 in the second period and lead 2-0 after 40 minutes at Nationwide Arena, with not a lot of action happening in front of Backstrom. His best save was on a Mark Letestu chance set up by Marian Gaborik, but other than that, Bobrovsky has been the busier of the two goaltenders.

7:29 P.M. -- Second power play goal for Minnesota, and it's 2-0 on a Coyle goal.

7:15 P.M. -- Get your questions in! And listen for the answers here.

7:15 P.M. -- It's time for another penalty kill. Anisimov heads off for tripping Koivu at 7:54.

7:12 P.M. -- Jackets on the power play for the second time in the period. Wild's Koivu to the box for interference at 4:52.

7:08 P.M. -- Wild get on the board first on a power play goal from Ryan Suter. 1-0 at 3:13.

6:50 P.M. -- FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: A scoreless first period at Nationwide Arena but there's a lot of energy in the building with a loud crowd on hand. The Blue Jackets controlled the possession game in the opening period and generated some quality opportunities, but Niklas Backstrom was on his game and made eight saves in the frame. The Blue Jackets will have 41 seconds of power play time left over to start the second period.

6:40 P.M. -- You go, Springfield! Whoop! Whoop!

6:34 P.M. -- MILITARY APPRECIATION VIDEO: There was touching tribute to United States servicemen and women that played on the Dispatch Media Center. Watch it here!

6:10 P.M. -- THE GAME'S AFOOT! The puck has dropped here at Nationwide Arena! Let's Gooooooo Jackets!

5:56 P.M. -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It's George Matthews' birthday today! He never seems to age a bit! Tweet him a Happy Birthday: @CBJRadio.

5:30 P.M. -- PRE-GAME WARMUPS: Jackets take to the ice in camouflage jerseys on Military Appreciation Night.

3:30 P.M. -- COMEAU ADJUSTING QUICKLY: Blake Comeau was at lunch when he found out he was traded to the Blue Jackets, but some familiar faces have helped ease the transition to his new team.

Read the full story on the newest Jacket by clicking here.

3:00 P.M. -- GABY'S FIRED UP: Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik has a couple of games under his belt with his new team, but tonight's a whole different story. "Gaby" is raring to go for his home debut at Nationwide Arena.

Read the full story by clicking here.

2:15 P.M. -- Assistant coach Dan Hinote and Bob McElligott break down tonight's game for you...

2:05 P.M. -- Want to know what's being said in the locker room about tonight's game against the Wild? Check out some of the pre-game interviews below.

Jack Johnson:

Blake Comeau:

Todd Richards:

1:31 P.M. -- Download and save today's game day poster...

11:31 A.M. -- If you missed this morning's "Sunday Morning Skate" on 97.1 The Fan, we have you covered. (CLICK NAMES FOR SEGMENTS)

Dalton Prout | Jarmo Part 1 | Jarmo Part 2 | Tom Reid Part 1 | Tom Reid Part 2 | Jeff Rimer | Jeff Rimer Part 2

11:15 A.M. -- Todd Richards just met with the media and provided the following updates...

- Dubinsky and Nikitin will be game-time decisions.

- Bobrovsky starts in net, but you already knew that.

- He wants to get Blake Comeau more ice time tonight, and would like to use him on the penalty kill.

- Richards hopes Gaborik is fired up for this game, facing the team that drafted him and playing in front of Jackets fans for the first time.

11:05 P.M. -- Pre-game interviews from Jack Johnson, Todd Richards, and Blake Comeau. (CLICK NAME TO LISTEN)

9:40 A.M. -- UPDATE: Tim Erixon, who has missed the past three games with an upper body injury suffered in Calgary, is taking part in the morning skate but there has been no official update on his status. Nikita Nikitin is not skating today.

9:35 A.M. -- AND WE'RE OFF: The morning skate is underway and here's the least surprising news of the morning...Sergei Bobrovsky starts for the Jackets today against the Wild.

9:15 A.M. -- The Blue Jackets' morning skate is about 15 minutes away, so let's get caught up on the expected lineup for tonight's game...

Prospal - Anisimov - Gaborik
Calvert - Dubinsky - Atkinson
Umberger - Johansen - Foligno
MacKenzie - Letestu - Comeau

Tyutin - Johnson
Nikitin* - Prout
Wisniewski - Aucoin


*Nikitin suffered an injury on Friday night vs. St. Louis and his status for tonight is uncertain. Cody Goloubef is with the club on emergency recall if Nikitin cannot play.

9:00 A.M. -- Today's game notes for fans thinking of, or wishing to attend...

- Sunday's game will have many themes off the ice. Military Appreciation Night will recognize all service branches, while USA Hockey Night will celebrate the rich American history of hockey!

- The first 5,000 kids under the age of 12 will receive a Jack Johnson collectible puck presented by Nationwide Insurance.

8:00 A.M. -- GAME DAY PREVIEW: Rob Mixer of brings you the deets on today's game against the Wild, with a comprehensive preview you can find by clicking here.

7:00 A.M. -- WELCOME HOME: Well, no sooner did the Blue Jackets arrive in Columbus off a two-game road swing to Nashville and St. Louis than did their attention shift to today's game against the Minnesota Wild. You'll be hearing us say this a lot in these final 10 games (but mostly because it's true)...but this is a huuuuuge game in the Western Conference playoff picture.

The Blue Jackets, sitting three points back of eighth-place St. Louis, did get some help yesterday. Chicago beat Nashville in regulation, and Los Angeles picked up a 4-1 win over Edmonton to ensure that the Blue Jackets' position did not change entering Sunday.

Marian Gaborik plays his third game against the team that drafted him today, and he's got a goal and an assist in the two previous meetings with Minnesota.

Here's a highlight of Gaborik's first goal as a Blue Jacket, which happened to be the game-winner in Nashville:

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