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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 / BlueJackets.com

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)  

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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 / BlueJackets.com

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 / BlueJackets.com

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 / BlueJackets.com

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 / BlueJackets.com

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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Savard kicks off Movember campaign at North High Brewing

Blue Jackets defenseman pours pints to raise money for a good cause

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Blue Jackets fan Cole Gilmore wore his David Savard jersey Monday night to North High Brewing, and by the end of the evening, the white No. 58 on his blue sweater had a new decoration. 

In between pouring pints of this year's batch of North High Stick amber ale, Savard took the time to sign the jersey owned by Gilmore. Not only did he leave his signature and his No. 58, Savard left a message that said "Beardo!" on the numerals. 

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PREVIEW: Busy stretch begins as Blue Jackets host Dallas

Visit from Stars kicks off stretch of four games in six days for Columbus

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

BLUE JACKETS (2-3-0) vs. STARS (1-5-1) 

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

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Must-win games don't happen in the NHL in October, but there's another reality as well the Blue Jackets were staring in the face when they headed to Carolina on Saturday night to take on the unbeaten Hurricanes. 

You can't make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the season's first month, but you can put yourself in a heck of a hole.

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Central Ohio girls get chance to try hockey with Get Out And Learn!

Event over IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend introduced hockey to many

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When the Columbus Blue Jackets opened up a girls-only edition of its popular Get Out And Learn! (GOAL!) program, powered by Performance Columbus, the hope was to see central Ohio respond with excitement. 

It's fair to say the response even exceeded all expectations. 

The program filled up so quickly a second hour-long session was opened, and in the end, 75 girls between the ages of 5 and 8 registered to take to the ice at OhioHealth Chiller North on Oct. 5 to try the sport of hockey for the first time.  

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ANALYSIS: Blue Jackets defense starting to come together

Columbus' style is coming into focus five games into season

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If you haven't heard the phrase "above the puck" during the start of the Blue Jackets' season, you haven't listened to many interviews featuring head coach John Tortorella. 

It's about being positionally sound and not chasing the game. That's especially true in transition, maybe that 90 feet from the CBJ's offensive faceoff dots all the way back to the team's defensive blue line. A whole heck of a lot of goals in the NHL end up in the net because of a chain of events that happens in that area, before an attacking team even enters the offensive zone, and that's where the Blue Jackets want to be strong. 

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Prospect Report: Angle, Hjorth each score in early season faceoff

Sherwood has two-goal game but Monsters fall; College hockey gets under way

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

If you're a fan of Blue Jackets and their prospects, then Saturday night's game that featured the Sarnia Sting and Windsor Spitfires was a good time. 

The matchup in Windsor's WFCU Centre featured two players Columbus drafted in summer's NHL entry draft -- fourth-round pick Eric Hjorth, a defenseman from Sweden who plays for the Sting, and seventh-round pick Tyler Angle, a centerman who suits up for the Spitfires. 

And in a wild game -- be thankful the Blue Jackets haven't drafted either goalie, I guess -- both players scored as the home Spitfires took an 8-5 decision.  

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