The Columbus Blue Jackets are at the crossroads of their 2017-18 season. They enter Tuesday night’s game against the New York Islanders tied in the standings with the Islanders at 60 points. They are both one point from the playoffs as well as one point from last place. It’s not often that regular-season games in
The Columbus Blue Jackets power play was the talk of the National Hockey League early on in the 2016-17 regular season. Their success rate was sky-high and teams could not solve them. Special teams were key in the Blue Jackets’ 16-game win streak and kept them at or near the top of the Metropolitan Division
After the franchise’s best season a year ago, it wasn’t too far-fetched to predict that the Columbus Blue Jackets would be crowned Metropolitan Division champs this season, or be seen as the leaders in December. The Blue Jackets avenged an embarrassing 4-1 loss to New Jersey at home on Tuesday with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over
After going one-quarter of the way through the 2017-18 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have finally found their top line. On paper, they are a band of misfits. On the left, there is charismatic Russian sniper Artemi Panarin, who at 26 years old has already built up quite the resume. In the middle, 19-year-old rookie
This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature after every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to serve as postgame quick hits. 1) Contract Relief for Cam Atkinson The Blue Jackets officially extended forward Cam Atkinson’s contract Friday morning with a seven-year, $40.25 million deal. It was a huge relief for the
Although the Columbus Blue Jackets trailed most of the night Saturday in Minnesota, you could just tell they were never out of the game. They kept fighting. They kept pressuring. Even down two goals at two separate points in the game, the Blue Jackets stayed confident knowing they would get their chance to respond. When
Brandon Saad’s return to the Chicago Blackhawks has plenty of Hawks fans excited. With two early playoff exits in a row, the Hawks are missing a piece to their Stanley Cup puzzle. Saad, who was brought back by way of a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for Artemi Panarin during the offseason, could be
The Columbus Blue Jackets played their first preseason game on Tuesday night, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks at home 5-2. Since then, they’ve lost 3-2 in overtime to the St. Louis Blues and lost 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. So, the record isn’t good for the Jackets so far but there are some positive takeaways.
After an exceptionally long offseason, there’s less than a month to go until the Chicago Blackhawks’ first game! That’s right, Oct. 5 marks the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Over the last eight years, fans have gotten used to seeing good things from the Hawks. They’ve won three Stanley Cups (2010, 2013, 2015), and made
The Columbus Blue Jackets and center Alexander Wennberg have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension worth $29.4 million that will keep the 22-year-old with the team through the 2022-23 season, the Blue Jackets announced Friday. The deal comes with a cap hit of $4.9 million per season and will eat one year of Wennberg’s
Jersey number 9 is arguably the most legendary in NHL history. With the likes of Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, Mike Modano and many others all having donned ‘9’ on their backs, it’s hard to find a numeral associated with more of the game’s all-time greats. While no player anywhere near the status of those legends has
Welcome to part two of Pressure Points, our summer review of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In case you missed part one, we did a full recap of the offseason to date. Since then, you haven’t missed anything. We still await the new contracts of both Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson. We also wait to see
Since his debut in the 2015-16 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, Artemi Panarin has caught the eye of many on and off the ice. Often compared to teammate Patrick Kane, there is a lot about the Russian-born star that most of the public doesn’t know. Here are five quick things to know about Artemi Panarin.