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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets will try to snap losing skid at Washington

Four-game road trip ends with Columbus trying to put together 60 minutes against the Caps

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com
BLUE JACKETS (12-9-0) at CAPITALS (14-4-6)  

Saturday, 7 p.m. ET, Capital One Arena, Washington, DC 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets) 

Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship)  

Throughout an NHL season there are bound to be times when a team goes through a rough patch, and that's where the Blue Jackets are right now. 

Columbus has lost three in a row for the first time all season, and the Jackets didn't look too hot in the game before that, either, even though it was a win. 

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SvoNotes: Tarasov's whirlwind day ends with impressive NHL debut

The Blue Jackets couldn't pull out the win, but the rookie goalie turned some heads with his performance

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

When Daniil Tarasov woke up and ate breakfast, he probably didn't foresee the series of events that would end with him standing on the ice in Dallas by Thursday evening. 

When he went to bed Wednesday night, he was just another young minor league hockey player chasing a dream. One phone call from Blue Jackets director of player personnel Chris Clark changed all that, though, and now Tarasov can call himself an NHL goalie. 

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Construction company owner has a ball in his day as a CBJ goalie

Casey Sherwood fielded the call and got the Jackets ready as the morning skate netminder

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

As soon as the goalie with a black matte helmet and bright yellow pads took to the American Airlines Center ice, you knew it wouldn't be a normal morning for the Blue Jackets. 

Or for Casey Sherwood, for that matter. 

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Gameday Guide: Tarasov called up, could make debut vs. Dallas

Merzlikins, Korpisalo sick, so the Blue Jackets have had to improvise today

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

It was certainly an interesting morning in Dallas for the Blue Jackets. 

After both goaltenders on the team -- Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo -- came down with a non-COVID illness, Columbus had to make a roster move, calling up top goalie prospect Daniil Tarasov from AHL Cleveland.

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets move to Dallas to continue road trip

With two losses in a row, Columbus looks for a bounce-back game against the surging Stars

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com
BLUE JACKETS (12-8-0) at STARS (11-7-2)  

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, American Airlines Center, Dallas 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets) 

Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (97.1 The Fan flagship)  

With the youngest roster in the NHL and many players grabbing bigger roles than they've ever filled at the NHL level before, a situation like this was bound to hit the Blue Jackets at some point this year. 

Heck, every team faces adversity in an 82-game season, so that's just part of the deal when you're an NHL team playing at the highest level. And for the Blue Jackets, the challenge is this -- how do you keep two straight dispiriting losses in which you've been outscored 12-3 as an aberration and not a losing streak, especially with tough road contests against streaking Dallas and Washington teams looming. 

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Prospect Report: Christiansen making his mark with Monsters

Young defenseman is performing at a point-per-game level with Cleveland

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

There were a lot of reasons why Jacob Christiansen might not have fully enjoyed his first full season of pro hockey last year. 

COVID wreaked havoc with just about everything, and it kept the AHL to just 28 games, which is less than what anyone would want as they're figuring out how to make the adjustment to the next level. 

But there was a silver lining to everything the Cleveland Monsters had to deal with. The modified schedule meant most games were held on weekends, leaving the weekdays as time for players like Christiansen to get in plenty of practice and video work. 

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SvoNotes: Blue Jackets facing big bunch of adversity after latest loss

A second straight setback featuring defensive breakdowns galore is an early test for the CBJ

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

In hockey, there are errors of execution and mental mistakes, and the Blue Jackets have problems in each realm right now after a 6-0 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night. 

There was little for Columbus to hang its hat on this night during a second straight loss in which the team gave up six goals. The Blue Jackets were down from nearly the get-go, falling into a 1-0 hole just 4:56 into the game and a 3-0 deficit when the Predators tallied twice in nine seconds almost 13 minutes into the game. 

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Gameday Guide: Nov. 30 at Nashville

Blue Jackets could shake things up against the Preds

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

With a 5-2-0 record in the last seven games, it's not like the Blue Jackets are playing poorly at all. 

At the same time, there have been some inconsistencies in the team's game, and it might be time to shake things up. 

Blue Jackets head coach Brad Larsen wouldn't commit to using new line combinations and defensive pairs for tonight's game at Nashville, but all indications are a different look the team tried at practice Monday might be in the cards this evening as well. 

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PREVIEW: Blue Jackets look to get back on track in Nashville

Columbus hopes to rebound from Saturday night's loss to St. Louis

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com
BLUE JACKETS (12-7-0) at PREDATORS (11-9-1)  

Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville 

TV: Bally Sports OhioCBJ app, ESPN+ (outer markets) 

Radio: Blue Jackets radio network (105.7 FM)  

Coming off two performances that might have added a little gray to the hair of head coach Brad Larsen, the Blue Jackets could see major line changes for tonight's game against Nashville. 

Then again, maybe not.  

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SvoNotes: Werenski adds another mark to the CBJ record books

Defenseman notched his 200th point recently but has bigger goals in mind

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

A little over a week ago, Zach Werenski hit a milestone. 

It just wasn't something he was focused on. 

With two assists in the Jackets' loss at Vegas last Saturday, Werenski hit 200 career points, all in a CBJ sweater. And the sixth-year defenseman was aware of the accomplishment, but only because of happenstance.  

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