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Game Day Central: Blue Jackets vs. Jets

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets



WATCH: Fedor Tyutin, stitches and all, pinches in and makes this a one-goal game again!

WATCH: RJ Umberger makes it a 2-1 game with his 8th goal of the season...

GOAL AUDIO: Umberger | Tyutin 

The fans here at Nationwide Arena are still displeased with the non-goal call in the first period (and looks like they have a point), but the real issue for the Blue Jackets is their health on defense. Dalton Prout is out for the game with an upper body injury and Fedor Tyutin hasn't played since early in the second period after getting a stick to the face. Derek MacKenzie's lower body injury will keep him from the rest of this game, as well, so the Blue Jackets are going to have to summon their collective will to erase this 1-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes. Neither team has played particularly well and there have been plenty of turnovers on both sides. Should be an interesting third period, to say the least.

First period highlights from CBJ-Jets...

FIRST PERIOD ANALYSIS: What started as a rather uneventful first period at Nationwide Arena certainly crescendoed in the final few minutes...yikes. A couple of fights got the emotion going (Foligno vs. Pardy and Calvert vs. Trouba) and the crowd involved early, and the Blue Jackets thought they had scored the opening goal in the final minute of the opening period. The Dubinsky line crashed the net with both Atkinson and Calvert in front of Montoya, and after the puck entered the Jets' net, referee Tim Peel determined that the contact with Montoya did not allow him to play his position. As a result, it's still a 0-0 tie and the visitors have a 7-5 edge in shots so far; the Blue Jackets are also currently without Dalton Prout on the back end. He left the bench early in the game and did not return. 

We have one pair of tickets left for tonight's game, and here's YOUR chance to win it! Same rules apply...answer the trivia question below by 4pm, reply to us at @BlueJacketsNHL using #CBJSocial in your answer to officially enter.

Here's the question..

Q: Former Blue Jackets defenseman (and current Winnipeg Jet) Grant Clitsome wore a few different uniform numbers during his time in Columbus. What number did he most recently wear for the Jackets prior to being claimed off waivers by the Jets?

Bob McElligott and Jody Shelley are back with today's edition of the "Inside Edge" podcast CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

WATCH: Great stuff here from our friends at FOX Sports Ohio...Jackets associate coach Craig Hartsburg mic'd up on Saturday night.

WATCH: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards meets with the media after today's morning skate.

WATCH: David Savard chats with Bobby Mac about tonight's inter-conference match-up with the Jets.

WATCH: Nick Foligno talks with Bob McElligott about tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

PRE GAME AUDIO: Todd Richards | Nick Foligno | David Savard

UPDATE (11:40 AM):
With regard to Nathan Horton, Richards said the Blue Jackets are getting to the point where his return is measured in days and not weeks. It's still expected he will make his Blue Jackets debut sometime after Christmas and it won't be before that, Richards confirmed this morning, but there's no doubt that we're getting closer to seeing No. 8 in the union blue sweater.

UPDATE (11:30 AM):
Richards delivered more good news on the injury front, in saying that both Gaborik and Wisniewski have entered "day to day" status now and both could return to action sometime this week. They won't play tonight, but Thursday in Philadelphia is a possibility for one or both, and what a big boost that would be for the Blue Jackets.

UPDATE (11:10 AM):
Sergei Bobrovsky is progressing in his rehab from a groin strain, according to Richards. The team hopes that he can take the ice sometime next week and make the next step in his recovery.

UPDATE (11:00 AM):
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Nick Foligno and RJ Umberger will play tonight. Umberger (personal matter) missed the morning skate and Foligno made it through the morning skate with no issues.

UPDATE (10:25 AM):
FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer reports that both Gaborik and Wisniewski could be ready to return as soon as Thursday in Philadelphia. 

UPDATE (10:15 AM):
Wisniewski and Gaborik just joined the group here for the morning skate. 

UPDATE (10:05 AM):
The morning skate is in full swing here at Nationwide Arena. Here are some quick-hit updates to pass along...

- Nick Foligno, deemed questionable yesterday by Todd Richards, is taking part in the morning skate.

- RJ Umberger is not on the ice this morning. 

- The injured players (Horton, Gaborik, Wisniewski) are not skating this morning.

- Mike McKenna is tonight's starting goaltender for the Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets are back at it Monday night at Nationwide Arena as they take on the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since 2011-12. It's Nationwide Night and NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Austin Dillion will be here with his series show car! The boys are scheduled for a 10AM morning skate on their home ice, and as always, you can expect us to be on-hand for it. We'll have complete coverage for you right here at Game Day Central. Also, look for lineup changes, thoughts on the match-up against the Jets, storylines from the other side and an interview with coach Todd Richards. Stay tuned to this page for the latest!

Let's start with the goaltending situation: Richards confirmed after Sunday's optional practice that Mike McKenna will make a second consecutive start for the Blue Jackets, and also deemed Curtis McElhinney "very doubtful" to suit up. That means Jeremy Smith remains as the backup goaltender for at least tonight's game against Winnipeg.

The Blue Jackets recalled Jack Skille (again) from Springfield on Sunday with Nick Foligno deemed questionable for Monday's game. Even though Foligno is "questionable," Richards sounded fairly confident that he'd be able to play against the Jets.

James Wisniewski is eligible to return from injured reserve on Monday but it's not yet known whether he will be cleared to play. He has been practicing with the team lately and could return at some point this week. 

The Blue Jackets and Jets have traded places in the Eastern and Western Conferences, and thus, have not seen each other since November 2011 at Nationwide Arena, a game the Jackets won by a final of 2-1 in what was a tight-checking, physical affair.

This time around, we have two teams coming off disappointing losses but the Jets are seriously banged up. They'll be without versatile forward Matt Halischuk, who suffered a forearm fracture in Saturday's loss to the Dallas Stars, and also tough guy Anthony Peluso, who was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Dallas' Alex Goligoski.

And this might sound familiar, but the Jets have been plagued by inconsistency this season and have not been able to string wins together. They're 10 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference but have one more point (33) than the Blue Jackets, who sit three points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Here are tonight's dueling team scopes from

Jets: This begins a stretch of five games in eight days for Winnipeg, four of them away from home. The Jets spent their most recent game, Saturday afternoon against the Dallas Stars, trying to play catch-up, and that eventually caught up to them. After rallying from three one-goal deficits, the Jets gave up two goals late in the second period, and another early in the third, en route to a 6-4 loss. Ondrej Pavelec gave up five goals and was lifted for Al Montoya to start the third.

"What I say doesn't matter," said a frustrated Blake Wheeler, who scored twice. "It's what you do out on the ice. You can blow smoke as much as you want out in the media; we've been blowing smoke for three years. [I] and everyone who has stood in front of a microphone for three years, we've said the same [words]."

Blue Jackets: The biggest challenge right now for Columbus might be keeping a goaltender healthy. McElhinney was playing well in place of the injured Sergei Bobrovsky before he had to leave a game this past Thursday against the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury. McKenna finished out that win and got his first NHL start in more than three years Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Johansen had a power-play goal to put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-1 after 20 minutes, but the Blues stormed back to deal them a 4-3 overtime defeat.

"I thought our effort was there," forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "Obviously we're disappointed and we need to be better to get a better result, which means eliminate some of the mistakes we made."



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