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Blue Jackets assign Korpisalo, Hannikainen to Monsters, recall Zatkoff

The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forward Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, and recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Cleveland

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and forward Markus Hannikainen to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, and recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Cleveland, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Korpisalo, 23, is 5-6-0 with a 3.15 goals-against average (GAA) and .903 save percentage (SV%) in 12 games with the Blue Jackets in 2017-18. He also has a 2-4-1 record with a 2.15 GAA and .928 SV% in seven contests with Cleveland. He has gone 28-22-5 with a 2.78 GAA, .913 SV% and one shutout in 57 career NHL games with Columbus and 17-20-6 with a 2.50 GAA, .911 SV% and two shutouts in 44 career AHL games with the Monsters. The native of Pori, Finland was selected by Columbus in the third round, 62nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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What We Learned: PHI 2, CBJ 1

There weren't many scoring chances or goals, but the intensity was high from start to finish

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

PHILADELPHIA - It's getting to be the expectation whenever the Blue Jackets play the Philadelphia Flyers.

There won't be a ton of scoring chances, there probably won't be many goals and you can count on the intensity being high from start to finish. That's the way it was for the first two games, played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus and split by both teams beyond regulation.

That's how it was again Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center, in the Jackets' first trip to Philadelphia this season.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead on Artemi Panarin's high-skill goal in the second period, the Blue Jackets lost, 2-1, after allowing two goals in the third period - including a key power-play goal scored by rookie Nolan Patrick at 9:49, seconds after Brandon Dubinsky was sent to the penalty box for tripping.

"They're a good team," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we played good tonight. I'm not going to pick apart the team because we didn't get 50 shots. This is the way these games are, and they're going to get tighter and tighter."

Claude Giroux scored the tying goal at 2:34 of the third for Philadelphia. 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves for the Blue Jackets, whose offense has again fallen off. Since combining to score 10 goals in a pair of wins against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 10 and New York Islanders on Feb. 13, they've scored two-or-fewer goals in four of the past five games, including the past four in a row.

They've scored two-or-fewer in regulation in 17 of their past 22 games, dating back to a 5-0 loss Dec. 31 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's extremely frustrating," forward Matt Calvert said. "We just can't find the rhythm. Even when we were pumping 50 shots at the net for those few games there, we were playing different style hockey teams. Toronto and New York, they're more run-and-gun, so you're going to get those opportunities, but we had a couple chances shorthanded tonight and we've got to put those in. I'm kind of sick of saying it. We've got to start doing it more."

Here's what we learned:

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The Inside Edge: February 21

Jody Shelley and Bob McElligott discuss the NHL Trade Deadline with Jarmo Kekalainen

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

On the latest episode of The Inside Edge, Jody Shelley and Bob McElligott discuss the NHL Trade Deadline with Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and evaluate what the organization may or may not do leading up to the deadline.

Plus, hear from John Tortorella, Scott Harrington and Brandon Dubinsky on Tuesday night's win in New Jersey.

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Columbus Blue Jackets place Nutivaara on IR, recall Gerbe

Nutivaara suffered an upper body injury vs. Philadelphia. Gerbe has collected 1-9-10 in 11 games with Cleveland

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Markus Nutivaara on injured reserve retroactive to February 16 and recalled forward Nathan Gerbe from the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

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Jackets Notes: Chorney adds depth following Kukan, Nutivaara injuries

Veteran defenseman 'excited' to join another Metro team for playoff push

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

PHILADELPHIA - The latest batch of Blue Jackets injuries led to another waiver claim Wednesday, and this time the added depth came from a Metropolitan Division opponent.

The Blue Jackets, who last month claimed veteran forward Jussi Jokinen off waivers, pulled from the waiver wire again - claiming veteran defenseman Taylor Chorney from the Washington Capitals, who made the 30-year old available after acquiring defenseman Michal Kempny in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.

Chorney will step into a situation in Columbus where two puck-moving defensemen went down with injuries this past weekend, and a third - veteran Jack Johnson - has a standing trade request with the NHL Trade Deadline approaching Monday.

"You try to run through a bunch of scenarios in your head, and you think maybe this would work or that would work, but there's so much going on," said Chorney, who had one goal, three assists and four points in 24 games this season for Washington. "A lot of it is timing or maybe somebody's hurt. You can't really have your head wrapped around all the possibilities, but I'm super excited to hear about the team and the staff. It sounds like a great spot, and I couldn't be happier."

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Werenski dealing with growing pains as Jackets' main 'rover'

Second-year defenseman still adjusting to 'gray areas' involved with his position

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

PHILADELPHIA - Each time it happens, Zach Werenski instantly feels bad.

The Blue Jackets' second-year defenseman, dubbed a "rover" this season by coach John Tortorella, will get caught pinching low in the offensive zone. The play heads back the other direction, developing into an odd-man rush, and his defense partner, Seth Jones, is forced to face it alone.

Werenski, who's developed a tight bond with Jones on and off the ice, has come to loathe those situations.

"The worst is when I get back to the bench and I look at 'Jonesy,' and say, 'Sorry for giving up that 2-on-1,' or something like that, or giving up a scoring chance," Werenski said Tuesday, after helping the Blue Jackets end a three-game winless slide with an assist on the game's first goal. "[Tortorella] wants me to be really aggressive, and I love that, but still … I don't want to be the guy that's always saying, 'Sorry,' to 'Jonesy' for giving up 2-on-1s. There's kind of a learning process that comes with being a 'rover.' It's not just free reign to go."

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Jackets place Nick Foligno on IR, claim Taylor Chorney off waivers

Blue Jackets have placed forward Nick Foligno on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 18 and claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Washington Capitals

by BlueJackets.com Staff @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Nick Foligno on Injured Reserve retroactive to February 18 and claimed defenseman Taylor Chorney (pronounced TAY-luhr CHOHR-nee) off waivers from the Washington Capitals, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. 

Foligno, 30, is expected to miss one to two weeks with a lower body injury suffered on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. He has posted 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points with 46 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Blue Jackets this season. The Buffalo, New York native became the ninth player to play in 400 career games with the Blue Jackets in franchise history on February 10 vs. New Jersey and he has notched 106-139-245 in 404 games with the club. The Jackets' captain has recorded 167-226-393 with 627 penalty minutes in 755 career NHL games with Columbus and the Ottawa Senators. Originally the Senators' first round pick, 28th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft, he was acquired by the Jackets in a trade on July 1, 2012.

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CBJ Winter Park to close due to inclement weather

"Given warmer than normal temperatures and the amount of rain expected during the rest of the week, we regrettably need to close Winter Park effective immediately"

by BlueJackets.com Staff BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OH - Due to warm temperatures and expected rainfall over the next several days, Columbus Blue Jackets Winter Park, presented by Worthington Industries, will end its run today.  

Winter Park, located across the street from Nationwide Arena at Columbus Recreation and Parks' McFerson Commons, was scheduled to conclude its run this season on Sunday.

"Given warmer than normal temperatures and the amount of rain expected during the rest of the week, we regrettably need to close Winter Park effective immediately," said Blue Jackets Vice President of Marketing J.D. Kershaw. "Unfortunately, the weather conditions have made it impossible to maintain the ice at the outdoor rink. We want to thank everyone who has come out and enjoyed and supported Winter Park this year."

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Preview: Jackets searching for two more points in rematch against Flyers

Another win could help Columbus tighten grip on second wild card

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

GAME 61: BLUE JACKETS (30-25-5) AT FLYERS (31-19-10)

Location: Prudential Center, 7 P.M., Thursday

TV: Fox Sports Ohio/Fox Sports Go (Jeff Rimer, Jody Shelley); NBC Sports Philadelphia,

Radio: 97.1 FM & BlueJackets.com (Bob McElligott)

PHILADELPHIA - They didn't play all that great, but the Blue Jackets ended a three-game winless skid with a 2-1 win Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

Ultimately, that's all that matters during a tight race for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference with just 22 games left in the regular season.

"It's two points," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "I don't care how we do it, it's two points."

The Blue Jackets did it the hard way against the Devils, being outshot by a combined 20-6 margin in the final two periods and 31-19 in the game - which ended a string of nine straight games Columbus had outshot its opponent.

"We're certainly not trying to play that way, not getting shots on goal, but we did a fairly good job of checking for a number of minutes in the third period, when we just weren't generating much," Tortorella said. "You win games different ways. We have lost some games when we've been lights out, and tonight we win a game when, for a number of minutes, we had struggled. But you take the two points and get the hell out of town."

That's exactly what they did, too, after surging past the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders into the East's second wild card. The Blue Jackets have 65 points in 60 games, while the Hurricanes (60 games) and Islanders (61 games) each have 64 points.

The Devils (70 points) have a five-point lead on Columbus for the first wild card, while the Philadelphia Flyers (72 points) are ahead of the Jackets by seven points for third in the Metropolitan Division.

The stage is set for yet another big game between Metro teams Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center, where the Flyers came from behind Monday to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime for their third straight win.

"That's where you make a name for yourself, is in the big games," Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said. "It's not just the playoffs, but big shifts within a game, big moments. It's do or die. Every point counts at the end. I think it's going to be one of the tighter playoff races you're going to see from here on out. A point's probably going to decide it at the end, so we're going to need all we can get this season."

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Labatt Blue What We Learned: CBJ 2, NJD 1

Blue Jackets get goals from Jenner and Harrington, leaned heavily on Bobrovsky for the win

by Brian Hedger JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

NEWARK, N.J. - John Tortorella didn't care what it looked like, as long as it ended with two points in the standing for the Blue Jackets.

"I have to coach them on how they're playing, but now you're down to 23 games left," he said, prior to the Jackets' 2-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at Prudential Center. "We have to cure ourselves, and maybe playing a lousy game out here but finding a way at certain times to make big plays to win the game. That's the way the league is."

That's the way the game was, too.

It wasn't always pretty for Columbus, which put just six shots on goal in the final two periods, but ending a three-game winless skid was a thing of beauty for the Blue Jackets (30-25-5) - who reclaimed the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

After outshooting their previous nine opponents by a wide margin, the Jackets were outshot 20-6 in the final 40 minutes, 31-19 overall and didn't get their first shot in the third period until Zach Werenski sent a wrister to the net from 54 feet away.

It didn't matter, because Columbus flipped the script from its previous games this month - winning a game that could've been a loss. Asked after the game if it qualified as a "lousy" game the Blue Jackets won, Tortorella defined it a different way.

"I categorize that as a win," he said. "That's all we're concerned about right now, is finding ways to get two points, and we did tonight."

Columbus had outshot its previous nine opponents, which made Tortorella happy with the way they played in nearly every game. The problem was the Jackets went 2-6-1 during that stretch and lost their grip on both of the East's two wild cards.

This game was proof that finding ways to win is far more important than playing well, even though the ideal is to play great and come out on top.

"We have battled the consistency of making that next big play, and maybe finishing on a goal or getting the next big save or making the next big defensive play to win that game," Tortorella said. "We've been on the wrong side of that too much this year, and that's why you find us where we're at right now. We have had opportunities to win games, and we just have not done that consistently enough."

They did it Tuesday, but it was quite a task.

Boone Jenner gave Columbus a 1-0 lead in the first period, and defenseman Scott Harrington gave the Blue Jackets the lead again, 2-1, in the second - about 12 minutes after Taylor Hall tied it for the Devils to start the period. From there, Columbus leaned heavily on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 30 saves to rebound from a tough outing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We don't have very many opportunities left [to bounce back]," Bobrovsky said. "The schedule dictates what we have to do. We win tonight, but the next game [Thursday in Philadelphia] is the biggest for us."

Here's what we learned:

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