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Columbus Blue Jackets to host Community Night on April 2

Regular season finale, presented by Accenture, will be highlighted by announcement of player Community MVP and more

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

In conjunction with the final home game of the 2018-19 regular season, the Columbus Blue Jackets will celebrate Community Night, presented by Accenture, as the club hosts the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, April 2. Game time at Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. The evening will be highlighted by an announcement of the recipient of the club's 2018-19 Community MVP Award which recognizes the player who best exemplifies service, dedication and leadership.

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"Blue Jackets players and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation have a long history of giving back to the Central Ohio community," said Joe Chenelle, Accenture's office managing director in Columbus. "Accenture shares these values, so we are proud to support the Blue Jackets and the Community MVP program. We are excited to see which player wins this year's award."

In addition to presenting the Community MVP Award, the Blue Jackets will salute the winners of the High School Hockey and John H. McConnell Scholarships awarded by the Blue Jackets Foundation. Community Night also recognizes a trio of season-long partner programs that pledge charitable donations based upon player and team performance benchmarks. The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation benefits from Big Lots! Community Assist ($100 per assist) and Advance Drainage Systems' Between the Pipes platform that pledges a $5 donation for every regulation save (and $10 for shootout save) made by Blue Jackets goaltenders. Also, Papa John's Foligno 500 promises $500 to the Janis Foligno Foundation for every goal scored by Nick Foligno.

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With son's health improving, Foligno to return to lineup Tuesday

CBJ captain has not been with team as youngest battles pneumonia

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When Nick Foligno didn't travel with the Blue Jackets to Boston to start a 10-night, four-game road trip two Saturdays ago, the only comment from the team was a telling one from head coach John Tortorella. 

"That family has gone through a lot," Tortorella said. "The hell with the game and all the stuff that goes on with that. That family has gone through a tremendous amount. We're just trying to support him the best way we can." 

Tuesday, after he returned to practice ahead of tonight's game at Nationwide Arena vs. the New York Islanders, Foligno revealed just how much more his family has gone through over the past two weeks. 

Foligno said his son Hudson, who will turn 2 years old in May, remains in the ICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital as he battles pneumonia so severe that his right lung collapsed at one point. The youngest of three Foligno children has been ill since March 11, when Foligno's wife Janelle took him to the hospital, and things turned serious a few days later as the Blue Jackets were facing Carolina on March 15 at home. 

Video: Foligno comments on his recent absence from CBJ

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets host Islanders at Nationwide Arena

Columbus returns home after four-game road swing

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (41-30-4) vs. ISLANDERS (44-25-7)
Tuesday, 7 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, 97.1 The Fan)

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As Sunday night's win at Vancouver stretched on, the Columbus Blue Jackets had a different look about them.

Perhaps nervous in the early going in what felt like a must-win game, and with a three-game losing streak hanging over their heads, Columbus was a bit tentative in its start.

By the end of the 5-0 win, Columbus looked like a well-oiled machine. 

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Monsters Monday: Texier's big weekend helps put team in playoff spot

Top prospect scores in three straight games over weekend

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

A look at the past week for the Cleveland Monsters, the top AHL farm team of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who rode a hot week from top prospect Alexandre Texier to post a 3-0 week that helped the team move into a playoff spot with nine games to go. 

Results 

March 22: 5-2 win at Rochester. The Monsters began a run of three games in three days with a road victory. Cleveland never trailed, opening a 2-0 lead behind goals from Derek Barach and Zac Dalpe before a goal from Texier made it a 3-1 game. After Rochester cut the lead to one, Mark Letestu and Justin Scott scored empty-net goals to ice the victory. Letestu had a three-point game, Dalpe had two points, and defenseman Garret Cockerill added two assists. The only negative for the Monsters was goaltender Jean-Francois Berube left the game with injury late after making 32 saves. 

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Postgame Hat Trick: A much-needed win in Vancouver

Big nights from Dubois, Bobrovsky allow Blue Jackets to keep pace

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

The question was posed to Josh Anderson after the Blue Jackets' victory Sunday night at Vancouver. 

It might not be a total must-win game, considering a loss wouldn't have officially eliminated Columbus from postseason contention or anything like that, but how did the team view the matchup against a reeling Canucks team? 

"A must win," Anderson said matter-of-factly. 

Video: Torts talks about the win over Vancouver

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 5, Canucks 0

Columbus romps over Vancouver to pick up important victory

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Columbus (41-31-4) got a key win in Vancouver on Sunday night to pull within two points of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, downing the home Canucks (32-34-10) by a 5-0 score in Rogers Arena.  

Game in a Paragraph 

Needing a victory, Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first period and quickly increased it to 3-0 early in the second period. From there, the Blue Jackets turned in a workmanlike performance, adding two goals in the third to put an exclamation point on a win that ended a three-game losing skid (0-2-1). 

Video: Anderson pots two and adds a helper in 5-0 road win

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Merzlikins ready to prove he can make it in NHL

Goaltender wants to show he can play in world's best league

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

For Elvis Merzlikins, signing a contract last week with the Columbus Blue Jackets was the realization of a dream he's had since he was a child. 

On the other hand, the confident 24-year-old goaltender doesn't think he's proved anything yet. 

That much the Latvian made clear when he spoke with the media Sunday for the first time since signing an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.  

After six seasons with HC Lugano of the Swiss NLA, and five years after he first became a member of the organization when he was taken in the third round of the NHL draft, Merzlikins is set to begin his journey in the NHL. 

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets finish road trip in Vancouver

Columbus looks to make up ground in playoff race

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (40-30-4) at CANUCKS (34-33-10)
Sunday, 10 p.m., Rogers Arena, Vancouver (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, CD 102.5)

On an off day in one of the most picturesque locations in North America, the Blue Jackets were forced to contemplate an ugly reality Friday. 

Looking at the standings showed that if the Stanley Cup Playoffs began, Columbus would be on the outside looking in. For a team that has made back-to-back appearances in the postseason for the first time in franchise history - and one that made bold moves acquiring four reinforcements at the trade deadline - that was a difficult pill to swallow. 

So after Thursday's loss in Edmonton, Blue Jackets players had a decision to make, even if they needed a mental break. Just how much of an off day -- Columbus did not practice Friday after traveling from Edmonton to Vancouver -- could that off day be? 

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Bobrovsky returns to practice, set to play vs. Vancouver

Nagging injury kept goaltender from taking part in last game

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When the Columbus Blue Jackets hit the ice for practice Saturday at the University of British Columbia, they were greeted by a welcome sight.

And it wasn't just the friendly confines of Father Bauer Arena, the unique 56-year-old barn that was a cozy home with downtown Rogers Arena booked.

It was goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was back on the ice after missing Thursday's game at Edmonton with an injury.

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Top CBJ prospect Texier scores first goal for Cleveland Monsters

2017 draft pick powers home goal in second AHL game

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

One common theme among the top forward prospects in the Blue Jackets organization - names like Emil Bemström, Liam Foudy and Alexandre Texier, players general manager Jarmo Kekalainen didn't want to part with at the trade deadline - is that they can shoot the puck. 

Texier showed an example of that Friday night as the 2017 second-round pick fired in his first North American goal for the Cleveland Monsters in just his second AHL game. 

Suiting up for the Blue Jackets' top farm team in a home game vs. Rochester, Texier took a pass from Mark Letestu and fired a one-timer into the net for his opening tally. (Be sure to enjoy the team's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed sweaters, too.) 

Tweet from @monstershockey: First @TheAHL goal for @atexier99!🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/VRTAZXszSG

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