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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets put point streak on line vs. Maple Leafs

Columbus' trip to Toronto is first to Canada this season

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /
BLUE JACKETS (3-3-2) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-3-1)  

Monday, 7 p.m., Scotiabank Arena, Toronto (FOX Sports OhioCBJ appFOX Sports app97.1 The Fan)  

So far, rumors of the demise of the Columbus Blue Jackets have proved to be overblown. 

At the same time, the team will have to get better results than it has through the first 10 percent of the season to make a fourth straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Ten percent, of course, isn't a lot, but it is perhaps the point where you can start putting stock in the bigger-picture trends we've seen so far. For the Blue Jackets, that means looking at both the results the team has and the way it has played. 

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Werenskis celebrate family, brotherhood over fathers' weekend

Zach and his father, Ken, look back at the CBJ defenseman's journey

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Saturday night was First Responders Night at Nationwide Arena, which law enforcement officers honored by the Blue Jackets in a variety of ways throughout the evening. 

It was also the second game of this year's fathers' trip, with a number of team dads accompanying the team to Chicago for Friday's contest before taking in the return game in Columbus. 

For Lt. Ken Werenski of the Grosse Pointe Shores Department of Public Safety, as well as the father of CBJ defenseman Zach Werenski, it was an evening to celebrate both. 

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FINAL: Islanders 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

Columbus extends point streak to four games behind goals from Jenner, Jones

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Columbus extended its point streak to four games with a 3-2 loss against the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena.  

Game in a Paragraph 

The Blue Jackets fell into a one-goal hole twice in the opening two periods, only to respond to tie the game each time. Columbus buzzed for the go-ahead goal in the third but it never came, necessitating overtime for a second straight night despite a 80-52 edge for the CBJ in shot attempts in regulation. The Isles then won it 33 seconds into overtime on a goal from Brock Nelson.

Video: CBJ Recap: Jones, Jenner score in OT loss to Isles

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Korpisalo follows in father's footsteps as standout on the ice

Jari Korpisalo starred in Finland as a scorer, but Joonas stops pucks for a living

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Having taken the Blue Jackets' starting job and run with it in the early days of the 2019-20 season, Joonas Korpisalo is in the midst of becoming a household name in NHL hockey circles. 

But the Korpisalo name is one that needs no introduction in Finland. Korpisalo's father, Jari Korpisalo, spent 12 seasons in Finland's top league with a three-year stint in Germany, as well. Also a Finnish national team player, the forward spent all dozen of his Liiga seasons with Ässät, serving as the Aces' captain in seven of his campaigns before later going into a management gig with the team.  

In other words, as young Joonas was growing up in the western Finnish city of Pori near the Gulf of Bothnia, his name preceded him at times.

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Second time around a much better debut for Merzlikins

Blue Jackets goaltender overcomes opening 'nightmare' to grab point vs. Blackhawks

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

It was 13 days, and you get the sense it was 13 days Elvis Merzlikins would rather not live through again. 

On Oct. 5, his NHL debut unraveled in a span of 20 minutes. After a scoreless first period against Pittsburgh that day, the Blue Jackets goalie came back out of the locker room and allowed five goals in the second on the way to a 7-2 loss to the Penguins. 

With Joonas Korpisalo taking the ball and running with it in the CBJ net in the meantime, Merzlikins had to wait 13 days to see his next action, which came last night in Chicago. 

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets host Islanders on Saturday night

Columbus has earned points in three straight heading into Metro clash

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (3-3-1) vs. ISLANDERS (4-3-0)  

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


In the opening game of the season, John Tortorella had rookie forward Alexandre Texier occupying a vacated spot on the first line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson. 

It didn't take long for the Blue Jackets head coach to make a switch there, with free-agent signee Gustav Nyquist moving up to replace Texier. 

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FINAL: Blackhawks 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

Dubois, Nutivaara score as Columbus runs point streak to three

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

The Blue Jackets extended their point streak to three games with a 3-2 overtime loss in the United Center on Friday night.  

Game in a Paragraph 

The Blue Jackets had the energy all night and battled back from a first-period deficit to take a 2-1 advantage early in the third period. But Chicago tied it on the power play with 12 minutes to go, and the teams skated it out to overtime from there. Chicago needed 46 seconds to win it in OT as Jonathan Toews scored when a rebound bounced in off his shin pad. 

Video: CBJ Recap: Dubois, Nutivaara score in 3-2 OT loss

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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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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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