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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
40-17-3 83
36-18-6 78
31-22-7 69
30-25-4 64
25-20-14 64
27-22-9 63
27-22-8 62
19-30-10 48

Top Blue Jackets News

  • Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Slated to face Hurricanes

    Tarasov is expected to start at home versus Carolina on Thursday, per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Tarasov has a 4-7-2 record, 3.65 GAA and .887 save percentage in 13 outings in 2023-24. He saved 35 of 37 shots in his last start Friday, but he was charged with the loss due to insufficient goal support. Carolina is tied for 12th offensively with 3.27 goals per game, so this is likely to be a challenging assignment for Tarasov.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Ready to play Thursday

    Texier (illness) is good to play Thursday versus Carolina, according to Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Texier missed the Blue Jackets' past two games due to the illness. He has eight goals and 18 points in 54 outings in 2023-24. Texier's return will help fill the void left by Kent Johnson, who is out indefinitely because of an upper-body injury.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kent Johnson: Sidelined indefinitely

    Johnson will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, the Blue Jackets announced Thursday.

    The club didn't provide a significant update on Johnson's timeline but the fact that it used the term indefinitely certainly doesn't suggest he's facing a short-term absence. The 21-year-old center is currently mired in a 19-game goal drought during which he's managed just three assists and 29 shots while averaging 13:35 of ice time. Unless Alexandre Texier (illness) is ready to play, the Jackets will presumably need to recall a forward from AHL Cleveland ahead of Thursday's clash with Carolina.

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  • Blue Jackets' Cole Sillinger: Scores team's lone goal in loss

    Sillinger scored a goal on four shots, blocked three shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    Sillinger gave Columbus some hope when he scored on a rebound after Igor Shesterkin gave the puck away behind the Rangers' net in the third period, but the Blue Jackets were unable to solve Shesterkin the rest of the night. The goal was Sillinger's ninth, and the 20-year-old forward is up to 21 points through 53 games, putting him on pace to finish right around his rookie season total of 31 points from 2021-22. However, he's put up only two points since Jan. 25.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Solid showing in loss at MSG

    Merzlikins allowed two goals on 28 shots in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    After ending New York's 10-game winning streak with a 29-save effort Sunday, Merzlikins was similarly sharp Wednesday, but he didn't get as much goal support with the Rangers turning back to starter Igor Shesterkin rather than backup Jonathan Quick. After stopping all 17 shots he faced in the first period, Merzlikins was beaten twice in the second, and the Rangers scored twice into an empty net to pull away late in the third. The loss dropped Merzlikins' record to 11-13-7, and he's likely to maintain a sub-.500 record while backstopping a rebuilding Blue Jackets team.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: In goal versus Rangers

    Merzlikins will get the starting nod on the road against the Rangers on Wednesday, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Merzlikins has gone 3-2-0 with a 2.99 GAA in his last six outings and should continue to see the bulk of the workload moving forward. Having said that, with the Blue Jackets entering a back-to-back, fantasy players should probably expect to see Daniil Tarasov between the pipes at home against the Hurricanes on Thursday.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Out Wednesday

    Texier (illness) isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Rangers, per Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch.

    It will be Texier's second straight contest on the shelf. He has eight goals and 18 points in 54 appearances this season. With Texier sidelined, Alexander Nylander, who made his Blue Jackets debut Sunday, is expected to remain in the lineup versus New York.

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  • Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau: Pair of apples in win

    Gaudreau assisted on two goals during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The diminutive winger still hasn't matched the huge offensive numbers he posted in Calgary during his two-season tenure with Columbus. A career-low 7.0 shooting percentage in 2023-24 hasn't helped, but it's possible that positive regression will come for Gaudreau before the season ends. He has made up for the lack of finishing touch with playmaking skills recently, racking up one goal and 13 points over his last 10 games.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kirill Marchenko: Two-point night aids win

    Marchenko had a goal and an assist during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    Marchenko is up to 17 goals and 31 points through 55 games. The 23-year-old Russian has hit a career-best points mark in his sophomore season and is on pace to do the same in goals as well. There have been hot streaks and slumps, but he's producing respectable offense on a team that has struggled since the season's first month.

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  • Blue Jackets' Jack Roslovic: Pots game-winning goal

    Roslovic scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The goal was just Roslovic's fourth through 34 games. It's been a tough year in which he battled through injuries and was even a healthy scratch in January. Now that he's healthy, Roslovic is starting to turn things around. He has points in five of the last six games for a total of two goals and five assists. During that stretch, he's been well over his season average of 16:11 of ice time in five of six games. He's shooting just 6.2 percent this year and has a career average of 11.8, so Roslovic could be due for further positive regression with his shooting percentage.

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  • Blue Jackets' Ivan Provorov: Caps off win with goal

    Provorov scored his fifth goal of the season late in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The goal was just Provorov's fifth of the year. The 27-year-old defender isn't having a career-best campaign by any stretch, but five goals and 26 points through 57 games represent his best offensive production rate since the 2019-20 season. However, he's taking shots at the lowest rate of his career and has a minus-12 rating.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Leads team to win

    Merzlikins stopped 29 of 31 Rangers shots, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory Sunday.

    Merzlikins has had a tough go this season, as Sunday's game was just the third time in the last 15 games that he posted a save percentage over .906. Through 32 games on the season, he has a paltry .900 save percentage with a 10-12-7 record.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Unavailable Sunday

    Texier (illness) won't play Sunday against the Rangers, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

    Texier, who has been battling a bug, will get some additional time to recover ahead of Wednesday's rematch versus the Rangers. He has accounted for eight goals and 18 points in 54 appearances this campaign. Alexander Nylander, who will make his Columbus debut after being acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Thursday, will replace Texier in Sunday's lineup.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Facing Rangers

    Merzlikins will protect the home net Sunday versus the Rangers, per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Merzlikins has gone 2-2-0 in his past four starts, stopping 112 of 123 shots during that span. Over 32 games played this campaign, he has posted a 10-12-7 record with one shutout, a 3.33 GAA and a .900 save percentage. The Rangers rank ninth in the league with 3.34 goals per contest this season.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.86 3.63 14.9

Injuries

Player Injury
P. Laine RW Patrik Laine RW Personal
A. Fantilli C Adam Fantilli C Laceration
K. Johnson C Kent Johnson C Upper Body

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