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CBJ goaltending prospect sits atop Liiga lists

Blue Jacket's 2018 sixth round pick is dominating Finnish Liiga.

by Anthony Allocco @BlueJacketsNHL /

The CBJ goaltending pipeline continues to prove it is one of the best in the NHL. The Blue Jackets drafted Veini Vehvilainen with the 173rd overall pick in 2018, and so far this season he is proving that was a steal for the CBJ. 

Vehvilainen, through 9 games, has allowed just 10 goals (1.10 GAA) and has stopped over 95 percent of shots. The 21-year old goaltender has set out to earn a look sooner rather than later. 

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 2, Lightning 8

Lightning strong start too much for Blue Jackets in loss

by Craig Merz /

The Tampa Bay Lightning scored three times in the first period and got four more in the third, but it was a goal late in the second that broke the back of the visiting Blue Jackets in their 8-2 loss at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets (3-2-0) pulled to within 3-2 on goals by Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand before Brayden Point scored the first of his two goals with 45 seconds left in the middle period.

A bounce off the stanchion below the goal line put the puck in front of the Columbus net and Point pounced to make it 4-2. It was the third time in five periods the Blue Jackets allowed a goal in the final minute.

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets at Lightning

The Blue Jackets have won two straight heading into Tampa Bay

by Craig Merz @BlueJacketsNHL /

BLUE JACKETS (3-1-0) at LIGHTNING (1-1-0)

7 p.m., Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports app, 97.1 The Fan

Playing with fire or learning to cook?

That question may or may not be answered by the Columbus Blue Jackets when they play at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Amalie Arena.

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#CBJSTH Enjoy "Meet the Team" Event

Full season ticket holders watched practice and played games with the Blue Jackets

by Peter Fish @BlueJacketsNHL /

Opening Night week was capped off with a #CBJSTH Meet the Team Party at Nationwide Arena to watch the team practice, plus get autographs and play games with the players.

In the afternoon, prefered partners and guest were invited to the suites to play putt-putt with the players.

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Columbus Blue Jackets, North High Brewing announce multiyear partnership

Presenting partnership of team's Movember campaign, launch of North High Stick cause beer highlights affiliation

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today a new multiyear partnership with Columbus-based North High Brewing  that is highlighted by presenting partnership of the Blue Jackets' Movember campaign to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues during the month of November.

To kick off the partnership, North High Brewing has created North High Stick, a limited-release amber ale with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Movember Foundation via the fundraising efforts of Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard, the bearded face of the club's Movember campaign. North High Brewing and the Blue Jackets invite fans to try the cause beer and meet guest bartender David Savard during a launch event in the taproom of the Short North microbrewery on Monday, October 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Savard is scheduled to appear from 6-7 p.m. For more information on Savard's fundraising challenge to fans, visit


Another component of the partnership is branding rights to a Club Level bar and a portable concession cart on the main concourse of Nationwide Arena. North High beers that will be initially featured in these locations include: North High Milk Stout, North High Pale Ale, and North High Honey Wheat. Selections may vary throughout the season. To commemorate Movember, North High Stick will be available following the launch event.

Video: A Movember message from David Savard

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RECAP: Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 4

Jackets rallied from down a goal in the third to defeat the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center

by Craig Merz /

Cam Atkinson scored the winning goal with 2:46 left and the Blue Jackets rallied from down a goal in the third to defeat the Florida Panthers 5-4 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Thursday.

Atkinson scored his second of the season on the backhand with goaltender James Reimer prone on the ice. The Panthers challenge for goaltender interference was denied.

The Blue Jackets (3-1-0) have won two straight.

Video: CBJ@FLA: Atkinson backhands rebound for lead in 3rd

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The Inside Edge: October 10

Bob McElligott and Jody Shelley are joined by Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

Bob McElligott and Jody Shelley are joined by Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno to discuss the importance of the win over Colorado. They also previewed the upcoming game against the Florida Panthers.

LISTEN: More episodes of The Inside Edge, pres. by Kia

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets at Panthers

Team looks to spoil second opponent home opener this season

by Craig Merz /

BLUE JACKETS (2-1-0) at PANTHERS (0-0-1)

7 p.m.; Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports app, 97.1 The Fan

Taking faceoffs is one of the least glamorous parts of hockey, much like a center snapping the ball in football. In both cases, the task usually goes unnoticed unless a mistake is made.

There's another commonality - hiking the ball puts the play in motion, as does winning a faceoff.

"It's not a pretty part of the game," Blue Jackets center Riley Nash said. "It's a 50-50 battle that starts a lot of plays. Anytime we can come out on top, not just on faceoffs but all those battles, 55-60 percent of the time, I think we'll be pretty successful."

By that measure, the Blue Jackets better their chances of winning each game with their ability to win draws.

Thursday at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Blue Jackets will play their second game without injured center Brandon Dubinsky when they face the Florida Panthers.

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Columbus Blue Jackets assign Carlsson to Cleveland Monsters

Carlsson has recorded a shot and two penalty minutes on 9:21 of ice time this season

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Carlsson, 21, has posted three assists and six penalty minutes in 17 career games with the Blue Jackets since making his NHL debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He suited up in the Jackets' 2018-19 season opener, recording a shot and two penalty minutes on 9:21 of ice time. In 2017-18, Carlsson posted 0-2-2, four penalty minutes and an "even" plus/minus rating in 14 games with the club.

The Orebro, Sweden native has added 2-4-6 in 36 career AHL games with the Monsters, including 2-3-5 in 33 contests in 2017-18. He notched 3-12-15, eight penalty minutes and a +15 plus/minus rating in 92 career games with Linkoping in the Swedish Hockey League from 2014-17. The 6-5, 192-pound defenseman was selected with the club's second first-round pick, 29th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Columbus Blue Jackets, Great Lakes Brewing Co. announce new partnership

Great Lakes Brewing Company takes over the in-arena bar overlooking OhioHealth Ice Haus

by Staff @BlueJacketsNHL /

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today a new multiyear partnership with Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) that gives the Ohio-based craft brewer name entitlement and branding rights to the main concourse bar by section 117 that overlooks the OhioHealth Ice Haus.

Fans attending last Friday's home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes got a first look at the new destination featuring a trio of GLBC's year-round beers on tap: Dortmunder Gold Lager, Holy Moses White Ale, and Commodore Perry IPA. A rotating selection of GLBC's seasonal beers like Oktoberfest and Christmas Ale will also be available on tap. Additional GLBC beer will be available throughout the arena and in bottles at the bar.

Live music will be an occasional feature throughout the season. The GLBC branded space will also be equipped with yard games and television screens so guests can follow along with the action as they enjoy their Great Lakes beer.

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