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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets hope to make Chicago their kind of town

Columbus has won two in a row and has team dads with them for matchup vs. Blackhawks

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (3-3-0) at BLACKHAWKS (1-2-1) 

Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET, United Center, Chicago (FOX Sports OhioCBJ appFOX Sports appCD102.5 FM

Six games into the season, it looks like the Blue Jackets -- for the time being -- have their six defensemen. 

One of the most intriguing battles coming into camp was how the top six would break down considering the Blue Jackets were inviting nine defensemen to camp who either played critical roles for the team a year ago or were part of the postseason roster, plus a talented rookie in Andrew Peeke. 

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Blue Jackets impressed by visit to Columbus Fire stations

Bjorkstrand, Nutivaara talk about hockey, the firefighter life with first responders

by Jeffrey Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Somewhere between helping steer Ladder One out of the station, sliding down the pole at Columbus Division of Fire's Station 1 and putting on the full garb of a firefighter, Markus Nutivaara was overwhelmed by what he was seeing. 

If the Blue Jackets defenseman wasn't a hockey player -- and a darn good one -- he says he'd be a firefighter, and Tuesday's trip to visit local first responders was a glimpse of what his life would be like in that alternate reality. 

And it's no simple fascination with trucks, sirens or uniforms that drew Nutivaara in.  


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CBJin30: October 17

Bob and Jody break down last night's win

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

About #CBJin30, pres. by Telhio Credit Union
Blue Jackets broadcaster Bob McElligott (@BobbyMacSports) discusses all things #CBJ in this 30-minute special featuring opinions, insights and more as he hosts the team's official daily podcast, presented by Telhio Credit Union. You can subscribe to #CBJin30 on iTunes, find it on the official CBJ App, or right here on

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Milano's 'ridiculous' goal turns heads across hockey world

Forward's between-the-legs move helped ice Blue Jackets win vs. Dallas

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Milano's incredible goal

DAL@CBJ: Milano goes between his legs for superb goal

Sonny Milano makes a great move to get past the defense, then goes between his legs and wrists one home for a spectacular goal

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Yes, let us start by acknowledging the obvious: The goal Sonny Milano scored Wednesday night vs. Dallas to help cement a Blue Jackets victory was equal parts audacious, sublime and jaw-dropping. 

But let us also remember the reason why he did it -- that move was likely the only way he was going to score what was a key tally at a crucial time of the win. 

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 3, Stars 2

Milano's highlight-reel goal helps push Columbus to victory

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

The Blue Jackets won their second straight game and got back to the .500 mark at 3-3 with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night over Dallas at Nationwide Arena.

Game in a Paragraph 

In a bit of a wild game that featured a bunch of near misses, Columbus took a 2-0 lead early and held a 2-1 advantage going into the third period. It stayed that way until nearly the midway point when Sonny Milano's highlight reel goal made it a 3-1 game and left Nationwide Arena abuzz, and it proved to be a valuable insurance goal when the Stars scored with 4.5 seconds left.

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Savard kicks off Movember campaign at North High Brewing

Blue Jackets defenseman pours pints to raise money for a good cause

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Blue Jackets fan Cole Gilmore wore his David Savard jersey Monday night to North High Brewing, and by the end of the evening, the white No. 58 on his blue sweater had a new decoration. 

In between pouring pints of this year's batch of North High Stick amber ale, Savard took the time to sign the jersey owned by Gilmore. Not only did he leave his signature and his No. 58, Savard left a message that said "Beardo!" on the numerals. 

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Arena District Area Street Closure

Convention Center Way closed in both directions

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Please be advised that a portion of Convention Center Way near the Columbus Convention Center is now closed for approximately 30 months due to construction of the new Hilton tower. This closing will impact visitors to Nationwide Arena who normally travel Convention Center Way to access 670 before and after events.
If you travel Convention Center Way, or use the Vine Street Garage, please reference the map below and detour signage in the area for alternative routes.


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PREVIEW: Busy stretch begins as Blue Jackets host Dallas

Visit from Stars kicks off stretch of four games in six days for Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (2-3-0) vs. STARS (1-5-1) 

Wednesday, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports OhioCBJ appFOX Sports app97.1 The Fan


Must-win games don't happen in the NHL in October, but there's another reality as well the Blue Jackets were staring in the face when they headed to Carolina on Saturday night to take on the unbeaten Hurricanes. 

You can't make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the season's first month, but you can put yourself in a heck of a hole.

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Central Ohio girls get chance to try hockey with Get Out And Learn!

Event over IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend introduced hockey to many

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

When the Columbus Blue Jackets opened up a girls-only edition of its popular Get Out And Learn! (GOAL!) program, powered by Performance Columbus, the hope was to see central Ohio respond with excitement. 

It's fair to say the response even exceeded all expectations. 

The program filled up so quickly a second hour-long session was opened, and in the end, 75 girls between the ages of 5 and 8 registered to take to the ice at OhioHealth Chiller North on Oct. 5 to try the sport of hockey for the first time.  

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Time Out With Torts: October 15

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Bob McElligott talks with Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella about his team, his relationship with other coaches in the league and First Responders Night.

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