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PREVIEW: Duchene makes his home debut vs. Sharks

New acquisition expected to play first game at Nationwide

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (34-23-3) vs. SHARKS (36-17-8)
Saturday, 5 p.m., Nationwide Arena (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, 97.1 The Fan


To hear Cam Atkinson tell it, members of the Columbus Blue Jackets were "buzzing" when the team found out Friday that Matt Duchene would be joining the fold.  

One can only imagine Nationwide Arena will feel the same way Saturday night. 

The Blue Jackets' crash course of working Duchene into the lineup continues 22 short hours after the center made his debut in Ottawa and just 28 hours after the trade became official as Columbus hosts San Jose on Saturday evening. 

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Postgame Hat Trick: Duchene debut highlights win at Ottawa

Columbus gets back on the right track with shutout

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

What a day that was in Columbus Blue Jackets land. 

Let's do it all over again Saturday, eh? 

The Blue Jackets traded for Matt Duchene and put him in their lineup in the span of just a few hours Friday, and the blockbuster deal paid immediate dividends as Duchene helped Columbus snap a two-game losing streak at hapless Ottawa. 

The 3-0 victory over Duchene's former teammates wasn't exactly a thing of beauty, but it was just what the doctor ordered for a team that woke up on the wrong side of the playoff bar and returned to Columbus on the right side of it. But the next challenge on Saturday afternoon vs. San Jose won't be easy.  

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Three thoughts on Duchene's first game as a Blue Jacket follow. 

Video: Torts about his new options

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FINAL: Blue Jackets 3, Senators 0

Columbus gets much-needed win, returns home Saturday

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Hours after the Blue Jackets traded for Matt Duchene, Columbus (34-23-3) defeated his former teammates, taking a 3-0 victory Friday night at Ottawa (22-34-5) to snap a two-game losing streak. 

Game in a Paragraph 

It was just a 1-0 game in favor of the Blue Jackets after 20 minutes, but it felt like it should have been more high-scoring with chances going each way. A shorthanded goal for Columbus made it 2-0, and the Jackets added a late one to finish things off against the team with the NHL's worst record. Columbus dominated the shot count, holding a 40-22 edge.

Video: Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets blank Senators, 3-0

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Matt Duchene set to make immediate impact with Blue Jackets

Center to debut with Columbus tonight against former team

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

Matt Duchene didn't have far to go to join the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, walking from one end of the hallway at the Canadian Tire Centre to the other ahead of tonight's game. 

The hope is he'll be able to take the Blue Jackets a lot farther than that. 

The Blue Jackets made an aggressive move Friday, acquiring the center who had 58 points in 50 games this year in an Ottawa sweater for prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson plus as many as two first-round draft picks.  

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ANALYSIS: Duchene trade proves again Kekalainen not afraid to make moves

Blue Jackets GM nabs one of the top players on the market

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

While speculation has run rampant all season what the Columbus Blue Jackets will do at the trade deadline, Cam Atkison put on his general manager's hat during interviews Friday at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre. 

"I think our mindset from the top down is we have a team to do something special and we're not just going to give away players, especially our two best players (Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky), for nothing," he said. "So, if that's the case, we might as well load up and go for it." 

Whether Atkinson was plugged into his general manager's thinking at the time is up for speculation, but it sure seems like he and Jarmo Kekalainen were on the same page. 

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets visit Ottawa looking for a win

Columbus has lost two in a row heading to Canadian capital

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

BLUE JACKETS (33-23-3) at SENATORS (22-33-5)
Friday, 7 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata (FOX Sports Ohio, CBJ appFOX Sports app, 97.1 The Fan

Move over, rover. 

A year ago, the roving duo of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski gave the Blue Jackets a pair of high-scoring, highwire-act defensemen who could create offense at the drop of a hat -- and they were played together for most of the season, too. 

They ended up combining for 32 goals and 94 points while helping the Blue Jackets return to the playoffs for the second consecutive season for the first time in franchise history. 

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All aboard! Jackets take the train from Montreal to Ottawa

Trip was a throwback to days gone by

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

From rolling through urban Montreal through the snowy fields and small towns of southern Quebec and Ontario and back into the city of Ottawa, the Blue Jackets did more than travel from Tuesday night's game locale to the site of Friday's upcoming clash.

They took a trip back in time. 

In a journey that harkened back to years gone by when NHL teams would travel to one city to another via the rails, Columbus traveled via train from Montreal to Ottawa after an hourlong practice Thursday at Centre Bell.

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10 questions with Blue Jackets forward Eric Robinson

Get to know the rookie who has impressed the past few games

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

In the Blue Jackets' last two games, rookie forward Eric Robinson has been one of the most noticeable players on the ice. 

After a cup of coffee late last season and a three-game cameo in early January, Robinson was recalled thanks to injury and illness and has shined of late. The Bellmawr, N.J., native is yet to notch a point this year in six games, but head coach John Tortorella said Robinson was responsible for six scoring chances over the past two contests. 

In doing so, the 23-year-old, who finished his college career at Princeton before signing with Columbus last spring, has caught the eye of the head coach. 

"You can't help but love the speed and his size, his reach," Tortorella said. "The puck tends to follow him around. … From the first game he played, he's not afraid to make a play." caught up with Robinson to learn more about one of the newest members of the team. 

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Physical line helping Jackets form an identity

Anderson, Jenner, Foligno coming off strong game at Montreal

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

There's one line that Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has turned to time and time again of late as the team battles for a playoff spot. 

And it's not the one featuring the team's top scorers. 

While Artemi Panarin, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Cam Atkinson have comprised one of the top lines in the NHL all season, the line Tortorella keeps coming back to features captain Nick Foligno, alternate captain Boone Jenner and winger Josh Anderson. 

Video: CBJ@MTL: Foligno sweeps in rebound to knot score

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Postgame Hat Trick: A game effort, but another loss

Blue Jackets battle back on the road but give up a late loser

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

In a game with major playoff implications, it felt like a playoff-type atmosphere in the Centre Bell on Tuesday night. 

And unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, they ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 decision against the Montreal Canadiens while playing without Artemi Panarin, who missed the game with illness. 

The loss was the second in a row for Columbus, which maintained its position on the right side of the playoff bar but saw the two teams it was tied with - the Habs and Pittsburgh - earn wins. 

Video: Torts on Anderson's performance

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