IN GAME UPDATES
FINAL: BLUE JACKETS 2 | SENATORS 5
October 28 | NATIONWIDE ARENA
SECOND PERIOD RECAP:
Well, first, here's the bad news...the Blue Jackets will be without Artem Anisimov for the balance of this game as he suffered an upper body injury in the second period. Anisimov was hit high by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba, who received a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play. As if the Blue Jackets were already hit hard by injuries, they received yet another blow tonight. Alright. The good news: they're tied 2-2 after 40 minutes thanks to a clutch goal by Cam Atkinson near the end of the second period. Off a face-off win by Ryan Johansen, Atkinson snapped a quick shot over Lehner to even the score before the end of the frame. Columbus is in this thing thanks to a gritty, hard-working effort and they're out-shooting Ottawa 29-18 thus far.
BLUE JACKETS 2 | SENATORS 5
Curtis McElhinney robs Jared Cowen in the second period --> WATCH HERE
Cam Atkinson's wicked wrister off the draw ties the game --> WATCH HERE | LISTEN HERE
Second period highlights --> WATCH HERE
FIRST PERIOD RECAP:
All in all, a pretty solid period for the Blue Jackets as they get settled back in at Nationwide Arena. They started fast, established their skating game and their forecheck and put ample pressure on the Senators in the first 10 minutes. David Savard opened the scoring with a rocket slap shot off the rush (power play goal) at 5:18 of the period, taking a stretch pass through the neutral zone from Artem Anisimov and beating Robin Lehner far-side. The Senators needed 64 seconds to respond with a power play goal of their own, and it was Clarke MacArthur - who loves playing the Blue Jackets - with a nifty redirection of a point shot by captain Erik Karlsson. Shots are 14-5 Columbus after 20 minutes.
David Savard's power play rocket makes it 1-0 CBJ --> WATCH HERE
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First Period highlights --> WATCH HERE
Our friends at Nationwide helped unveil a new feature at Nationwide Arena earlier this week. If you're at the game tonight, stop by the McConnell St. entrance and say hello to the Cannonball Wall!
Each time a Blue Jackets goal is scored at home, we'll add another cannonball to the wall complete with the player's jersey number and signature.
PRE GAME INTERVIEWS
Scott Hartnell, Cam Atkinson, and Todd Richards spoke after the morning skate...
Scott Hartnell--> WATCH HERE
Cam Atkinson --> WATCH HERE
Todd Richards --> WATCH HERE
PRE GAME UPDATES
* When asked about the Bobrovsky injury, Richards said,"Players get opportunities, and that's the way you have to look at it. The door has opened up for [McElhinney], and Forsberg was recalled, so right now it's Curtis' ball." He also mentioned tonight as an opportunity for Alexander Wennberg and Marko Dano, He said that Wennberg gets a chance in the lineup with Foligno out, while Dano may see increased power play time.
* When asked about the Senators, Richards said, "When we played them [in Ottawa], I was impressed with their speed up front. They play fast and they have some forwards up front with top-end skill. That was a big thing that stood out to me, their aggressive forecheck and they play with speed."
* Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef will both be scratched form the lineup tonight, as the Blue Jackets will go with six defenseman. Nick Foligno remains day-to-day, arriving at the rink this morning with "neck soreness", according to Richards.
* Cam Atkinson, when asked about his eye, said "It's ready to go. I can see, my peripherals are there, and I'm going to play."
* Ryan Murray will make his home debut for the Blue Jackets tonight. "I'm just really looking forward to getting out there in front of the home crowd for my first time this season and it's important we get the win tonight," said Murray. Murray played just under 18 minutes in his return to the lineup on Sunday, and said he felt very strong.
These were the lines and pairings used during today's morning skate...
* Nick Foligno did not take part in morning skate. He's day-to-day with a stiff neck after a collision in Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
* Cam Atkinson will be in the lineup tonight.
*Boone Jenner taking part in the morning skate today. It's his second straight day on the ice wearing a glove on his injured hand and handling pucks.
Welcome to Game No. 9 of the Blue Jackets season! The Jackets host the Ottawa Senators tonight at Nationwide Arena, and it's the second meeting in 11 days between these two teams. Ottawa took the first meeting by a 3-2 final at Canadian Tire Centre back on Oct. 18, and it was a Mike Hoffman goal in the third period that proved to be the difference.
The Blue Jackets are back home from California having dropped the final two games of their California swing to the Anaheim Ducks (Friday) and Los Angeles Kings (Sunday).
Stay tuned here for live updates throughout game day, including photos, interviews, line combinations and much more!