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The start of the season wouldn’t be a normal season without an uphill battle for the Union Blue. Starting off on the road, they begin with the short end of the stick to the hosting Nashville Predators, by the final score of 3-1.

Columbus is improving off of last season with starting first on the scoresheet, with alternate captain Boone Jenner lighting the lamp with the first goal for the team this season. The goal was unassisted, making him and Jonas Korpisalo the most important names on the stats for now.

Nashville was kept off the scoreboard until midway through the second period, with new acquisition Luke Kunin evening the game. Erik Haula added himself to sheet with the lonesome assist on the snipe.

Filip Forsberg earned the game winning goal bragging rights for this game early into the third period. Brad Richardson made his first point in Nashville the only assist on this goal.

In the dying minutes of the premiere, Calle Jarnkrok added the icing on the cake with his club’s first empty net goal of the year. Rocco Grimaldi and defending Norris Trophy winning Roman Josi added the helpers to Jarnkrok’s empty netter.

Jusse Saros was extremely impressive for Nashville, stopping 29 of 30 shots for a 0.967 save percentages.

Ryan Johansen was my player to watch for Nashville being the team’s number one center, as well as reflecting back on the trade with Jones, and for the first time since the trade and in the realignment, dealing with the former Blue Jacket fourth overall pick. Joey had 2 shots on net and hits with 1 blocked shot. He also won 36.8% of face offs playing 16:53 of ice time.

Seth Jones was my player to watch for the same reasons as Johansen, but for Nashville to reflect as well on what they lost in a minute eating Ironman defenseman in their former fourth overall selection in 2013. And eating minutes he did, playing in 25:33 in time on ice, registering 3 shots on net; a hit and a takeaway; and 2 blocked shots.

The Afro-mentioned Korpi played unstoppable until the end of the game, leaking the 2 goals in on 34 shots faced, having a 0.941 save percentage.

CBJ Three Stars of the Game

1. Boone Jenner — Goal (1) 2 hits 69.8% FO
2. Jonas Korpisalo — 94.1% SV
3. Seth Jones — 3 shots, 2 blk shots, 1 hit


NHL Three Stars of the Game

1. Filip Forsberg— GWG (1)
2. Luke Kunin — Goal (1)
3. Jusse Saros — W, 96.7 SV%


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Taxi Squad and Thoughts

Let’s start with the all important taxi squad and what it is for everyone. Due to the global pandemic involving the coronavirus, the National Hockey League implemented a taxi squad roster, where teams are allowed to carry extra players to participate with the big club. With the taxi squad, the players on it are being paid their minor league salaries on the NHL roster to participate in NHL activities, including practice and travel (optional). All taxi squads must include a goalie, if a third is not on the main roster. Each roster must include minimum 4 players and maximum 6 players. To go with the first two games, the current active roster for Columbus includes:

1. RD Andrew Peeke
2. LW Nathan Gerbe
3. RD Adam Clendenning
4. LW Stefan Matteau
5. C Ryan MacInnis
6. G Matiss Kivlenieks

The Blue Jackets have the perfect mix for their roster, which has the depth defensemen competing for the final pairing, plus veteran forwards to help the youth in the main roster, and their third string goalie.

Speaking of experience, veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto signed a one year, two-way contract worth $750,000 on the main roster. MDZ was the former 20th overall pick of the New York Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Del Zotto won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues in 2019. He was coached by Torts first few years in the Big Apple, and also had stops in Nashville, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Anaheim. “We’ve always been in touch. I have respect for him because of his character.” Torts explained in regards to his admiration for bottom pairing defenseman. “We keep in touch with the same trainer, now in wheelchair. Went through hard times”. Torts admired his character and the player he has become since their time part. “He was young and had a lot to learn.” And that success came to the Canadian defenseman, including the ultimate prize.

Pierre- Luc Dubois

“He told the players. And never gave a reason why” according to Head Coach Tortorella. The Dubois dirty laundry is out there for the entire league to bare witness too. Reports as of January 15 say that 20 teams have reached out to Columbus about the services of Dubois, including Calgary; Buffalo; Boston; New Jersey; New York Rangers; Winnipeg; Anaheim; LA; Edmonton; Calgary; Florida; and Montreal.

Dubois is the third overall pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, only behind superstar Auston Matthew’s and Finnish sniper Patrick Laine. Dubois just completed his entry level contract, and signed a two year $10M dollar contract. PLD was the highest draft selection from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles since goalie Marc-André Fleury in 2003.

Speculation is that the French center man wants a bigger stage after the success against the Toronto Maple Leafs from the 2020 NHL Playoff Bubble. Others say the pressure of the coaching from Torts and the tough contract talks with Kekalainen have frustrated Dubois, when he says he does better when the coaches push him to be the better player on the ice.

Kek is playing hard ball for his services, with asking prices being reported including both Montreal young studs in Suzuki and Kotkniemi and Rangers wingers Lafereniere and Kakko. Other speculated packages have involved Laine from Winnipeg, Barzal from the Islanders, and Barkov from Florida. These packages are outrageous for the surprise of the draft. Dubois has developed and evolved into a number one center, and there’s no reason to give him up for cheap, and let the start prove his worth.

Montreal has also counter-offered with Suzuki and Mete, and Columbus views that as not enough. Additionally, Dubois’ father is an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose, the affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.

Thoughts on Dubois, comment!!

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Game 2 v Nashville —> Revenge on the Mind

Columbus does part two of their duel with the Nashville Predators tonight at 8pm on Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Tennessee. After having an impressive goalie performance in night one, it’s time to put the puck behind the goalie and in the net. Columbus has the weapons to score, with Torts viewing the recently extended Oliver Bjorkstrand as their “top forward”. “He’s become a man.” Tortorella said on this past week’s CBJ in 30.

The time to know your first rival foe is now. And struggling will lead this team to a short 56 game season that’ll feel longer than 56. This team has the experience and grit to get through games, but keep their opponents close to contention, but hit harder by the end of the day.

Projected Lineups

Nashville Predators

Forsberg—Johansen—Arvidsson
Haula—Duchene—Kunin
Cousins—Sissons—Grimaldi
Trenin—Richardson—Jarnkrok

Josi—Ellis
Ekholm—Fabbro
Borowiecki—Benning

Saros
Rinne

Scratched: Tinordi, Sibsa
Injured: Granlund (COVID-19 protocol)
Taxi Squad: Smith, Tolvanen, Ingram, Oliver




Columbus Blue Jackets

Grigorenko—Dubois—Bjorkstrand
Jenner—Domi—Atkinson
Foligno—Texier—Foudy
Robinson—Nash—Bemstrom

Werenski—Jones
Gavrikov—Savard
Del Zotto—Kukan

Merzlikins
Korpisalo

Scratched: Stenlund, Harrington, Carlsson
Injured: Dubinsky (wrist), Nyqvist (shoulder), Koivu (COVID-19 protocol)
Taxi Squad: Gerbe, Matteau, Peeke, MacInnis, Clendenning, Kivlenieks


Players to Watch

Nashville- Duchene



Columbus — Dubois
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01 #038; No. 12
01 #038; No. 12
02 CBJ- Opting to Forget October
02 CBJ- Opting to Forget October
02 CBJ: Thoughts on Change
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 CBJ: Potential Options
03 Game No. 13- Columbus Blue Jackets @ San Jose Sharks
05 Post-Game Recap No. 13- Big Win
05 Game No. 14- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Los Angeles Kings
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
06 Game No. 15- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
07 CBJ Post-Game Recap- Game No. 14 (@LA) and Game No. 15: @ANA
07 CBJ Post-Game Recap- Game No. 14 (@LA) and Game No. 15: @ANA
07 CBJ: Catching Up With News
07 CBJ: Catching Up With News
11 Game No. 16- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Vancouver Canucks
12 CBJ Post Game Recap No. 16- Another Home Loss
13 CBJ- Catchup on the News
14 CBJ Game No. 18- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Arizona Coyotes
15 #038; No. 18
17 CBJ Game No. 19- Columbus Blue Jackets v. St. Louis BlueS
18 CBJ Post-Game No. 19- The Young Streak Continues
18 CBJ Post-Game No. 19- The Young Streak Continues
18 CBJ- Catch Up du jour
19 CBJ- Catchup No. 2
19 CBJ Game No. 20- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators
19 CBJ Game No. 20- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators
20 CBJ- New All Star Format and Thoughts
22 No. 21
22 CBJ- Bye Week and the Boom or Bust of It
22 CBJ- Injury Update
22 CBJ- Bye Week and the Boom or Bust of It
22 CBJ Game No. 22- Columbus Blue Jackets v. San Jose Sharks
22 CBJ Post-Game- No. 22
24 CBJ- Quarter Season Thoughts
25 CBJ Game No. 23- Columbus Blue Jackets v. New Jersey Devils
28 Rumor Blog
28 Rumor Blog
29 CBJ- Cross-Check Costs Columbus
30 #038; 25
30 #038; 25
30 CBJ- Johansen to Brooklyn??
04 CBJ-15 Things to Remember From 2015
05 CBJ- Rumor Chart UPDATED
05 CBJ Game No. 41- Minnesota Wild v. Columbus Blue Jackets
05 CBJ Post-Game No. 40- Capitalizing On Capitals
05 CBJ- Rumor Chart UPDATED
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 41- Wild End, Add to the Losses
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
06 CBJ- Catch Up to Start 2016
07 CBJ- New Year, New Blockbuster
07 CBJ- Kerby Rychel for Jonathan Drouin?
07 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated Following Day of Trades)
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 42/43- Home and Home Battle
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 42/43- Home and Home Battle
12 CBJ- Connuaton On Waivers
14 CBJ- Catchup (1/14/16)
15 CBJ-If the Season Ended Today
16 CBJ Game No. 46- Colorado Avalanche v. Columbus Blue Jackets
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 46- Late Push Helps
17 CBJ- Rumor Chart (1-17-16)
17 CBJ-Trade Rumors (1/17/16)
19 CBJ Game No. 47- Washington Capitals v Columbus Blue Jackets
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 47- Doubled Down
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 47- Doubled Down
21 CBJ Game No. 48- Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets
21 CBJ- Future Top Defensive Pairs
21 CBJ- Other Young Defensemen
21 CBJ- Rumor Chart (1/21/16)
22 CBJ Post-Game No. 48- Bob Down, Team Out
23 CBJ Game No. 49- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
25 CBJ Post-Game No. 49- B's Best Blue Jackets
25 CBJ Game No. 50- Montreal Canadiens v. Columbus Blue Jackets
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 50- Hat Trick Helps Home Team
26 CBJ Game No. 51: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens
26 CBJ Game No. 51: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 51- Looking Up
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 51- Looking Up
30 CBJ- All Star Game Predictions
30 CBJ- Center of Attention
30 CBJ- All Star Game Predictions
31 CBJ- Second Half Predictions
01 CBJ- General Thoughts on All Star Game and My Predictions
02 CBJ- Rumor Chart (2/2/16)
02 CBJ- Thoughts on Dennis Wideman
02 CBJ Game No. 52- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Edmonton Oilers
03 CBJ Post-Game No. 52- Last Place
03 CBJ- Solution Out There?
04 CBJ Game No. 53- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Vancouver Canucks
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 54- Close Call In Calgary
07 CBJ- Playing With Parody
09 CBJ Game No. 55- New York Islanders v. Columbus Blue Jackets
09 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated: 2/9/16
09 CBJ- Looking Into Loui
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 55- Collapse in Columbus
11 CBJ Game No. 56- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Anaheim Ducks
12 CBJ- Murray Staying
12 CBJ Post-Game No. 56- Out of Basement
12 CBJ- Tyutin To Detroit??
13 CBJ- Jack Johnson Rumors
13 CBJ- Seth Jones and Contract
13 CBJ Game No. 57- Ottawa Senators v. Columbus Blue Jackets
14 CBJ- Defensive Help Out There
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 57- Another Win
15 CBJ- Who Could Go?
16 CBJ Game No. 58- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 58- More Points, Even In Losses
18 CBJ- Rumor Chart (Updated: 2/18/2016)
18 CBJ- Last Season Repeats Itself
19 CBJ Game No. 49- Buffalo Sabers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 59- Blanked by Buffalo
20 NHL Trade Deadline Preview- Metropolitan Division
21 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 2- Atlantic Division
21 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 3- Central Division
22 NHL Trade Deadline Preview Pt. 4: Pacific Division
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
22 CBJ Game No. 60- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
23 CBJ Post-Game No. 60- Win In Beantown
23 CBJ-Making A Case For An Outdoor Game In Central Ohio
23 CBJ Game No. 61- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings
25 CBJ Post-Game No. 61- Comeback Costs Columbus Extra Point
26 CBJ Post Game No. 61- Hatty Helps; Hurts Devils' Chances
26 CBJ- Falk On Waivers, And Somehow Clears
26 CBJ Post Game No. 61- Hatty Helps; Hurts Devils' Chances
26 CBJ- Falk On Waivers, And Somehow Clears
26 CBJ- Bankruptcy Battle Worsens
26 CBJ- Goalie Going Soon?? Look at the Depth
27 CBJ Game No. 63- Florida Panthers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
27 CBJ Game No. 63- Florida Panthers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
27 Columbus Trades Scott Hartnell to Nashville for Kevin Fiala
28 CBJ Post-Game No. 63- Hot Streak Continues via Comeback
28 CBJ- The Monkey Is Off The Captain's Back
28 CBJ- Rumor Chart
29 CBJ Game No. 64- Columbus Blue Jackets @ New York Rangers
29 My Reactions to Trades- Deadline and Before (Longest Blog Pd
29 CBJ- Rumor Chart(2/29/16) Final Time Before the Draft.Enjoy!
29 CBJ- Quiet Deadline, But Bridge Boooone
01 CBJ Post Game No. 64- So Close, Yet So Far
02 CBJ- On Fire In February
03 CBJ- Three Guys on Team North America
03 CBJ- 75% Through
04 CBJ Game No. 65- Edmonton Oilers v. Columbus Blue Jackets
05 CBJ Post-Game No. 65- Seesaw Battle for Young Guns of NHL
05 CBJ Game No. 66- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Philadelphia Flyers
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 66- Tired and Ticked
07 CBJ- What Would Jones' Contract Look Like?
08 CBJ Game No. 67- Detroit Red Wings v. Columbus Blue Jackets
09 CBJ Post-Game No. 67- What An Upset + Bobrovsky is Returning
10 CBJ- Healthier Equals Better (Injuries)
11 CBJ Game No. 68- Columbus Blue Jackets v Pittsburgh Penguins
13 CBJ Game No. 69- Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
13 CBJ Post-Game No. 68- Mr. Popper's Penguins Even Series
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 69- Blanked By Bolts; Tampa Sweeps Cbus
14 CBJ- Punch May Penalize Prout (But How Many Games??)
17 CBJ Game No. 70- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Detroit Red Wings
19 CBJ Post-Game No. 70- Wings Win Season Series
19 CBJ Game No. 71- Columbus Blue Jackets v. New Jersey Devils
20 CBJ Post-Game No. 71- Bjork Brings Back Win
20 CBJ Game No. 72- Columbus Blue Jackets @ New Jersey Devils
21 CBJ Post-Game No. 72- Devil Debuts Deflate Jackets
23 CBJ- Boll/Bellemare Incident Being Reviewed By League
23 CBJ Post-Game No. 73-Flying High Over Flyers via Comeback
26 #038; Prospects
26 Looking at the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships + Predictions
26 CBJ- Which Guy is Right for Columbus in 2016 NHL Draft
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 74- Canes Collect Points @ Cbus; Boll Gone
26 CBJ Game No. 75- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
27 CBJ Post-Game No. 75- Preyed On By Predators
28 CBJ Game No. 76- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals
30 CBJ- Russians Relocating? What Does This Mean For CBJ + NHL
30 CBJ Post-Game No. 76- Washington Wins Winningest Trophy
03 CBJ P5: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins
03 CBJ P5: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Pittsburgh Penguins
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ P6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
04 CBJ- Cuts Continue (10-4-16)
05 CBJ Postgame No. 6: Overtime Continues Successful Preseason
05 CBJ- Cuts Continue (10/5/16)
05 CBJ Postgame No. 6: Overtime Continues Successful Preseason
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
06 CBJ P7: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
08 CBJ P7: Slow Start Hurts Columbus in Preseason
08 CBJ P8: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Pittsburgh Penguins
12 NHL: Week of Retirement
12 CBJ: Contrast Between Two New Captains
12 NHL: What is Edmonton Doing?
12 CBJ: Savard Speculation
12 CBJ: Opening Night Rosters Set
12 CBJ: Opening Night Rosters Set
13 CBJ Game No. 1: Columbus Blue Jackets v. Boston Bruins
13 NHL: Predicting Standings- Who Makes and Misses Playoffs
13 NHL: Predicting Standings- Who Makes and Misses Playoffs
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 1: Underrated Rivalry; Comeback Loss
14 CBJ Post-Game No. 1: Underrated Rivalry; Comeback Loss
15 CBJ Game No. 2: Columbus Blue Jackets v. San Jose Sharks
17 CBJ Post-Game No. 2- West is Best
18 CBJ- Soupy Situation
19 CBJ- Notes from Around the League and the World
20 CBJ- Is Kekalainen on the Hot Seat?
21 CBJ Game No. 3- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Chicago Blackhawks
25 CBJ- Weekend of Wins; California Trip for Game Number Five
25 CBJ- Weekend of Wins; California Trip for Game Number Five
26 CBJ Post-Game No. 5: Kings Get Extra Point
27 CBJ Game No. 6: Columbus Blue Jackets @ San Jose Sharks
29 CBJ Game No. 7: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Anaheim Ducks
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 6- Power Outage; Sharks bite Blue Jackets
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 7- Strong Start Leads to Shutout; CBJ Win
29 CBJ Post-Game No. 7- Strong Start Leads to Shutout; CBJ Win
01 CBJ Game No. 8- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Dallas Stars
02 CBJ Post-Game No. 8- Up and Down, Jackets Get Extra Point
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
03 CBJ Happenings- Player Assignments
04 CBJ Game No. 9- Columbus Blue Jackets v Montreal Canadiens
05 CBJ Post-Game No 9- Double Digit Domination; 10-0 Win v Habs
05 CBJ Game No 10- Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues
06 CBJ Post-Game No. 10- Blue Jackets Get the Blues; OT Loss
07 CBJ- Seth Jones on IR with a Fractured Right Foot
07 CBJ- Seth Jones on IR with a Fractured Right Foot
08 CBJ- Can the Offense Keep Up?
09 CBJ Game No. 11- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Anaheim Ducks
10 CBJ Post-Game No. 11- Winning At Home
10 CBJ Game No. 12- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Boston Bruins
12 CBJ Post-Game No. 12- Fast and Furious Five: Unanswered Goal
14 CBJ Post Game Lucky No. 13- Home Domination Double Up
15 CBJ Game N. 14- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Washington Capitals
16 CBJ Post-Game No. 14- Comeback Columbus Costs Capitals Point
17 CBJ- Werenski for Calder
18 CBJ Game No. 15: Columbus Blue Jackets v. New York Rangers
19 CBJ Post-Game No. 15: Columbus Continues Streak
20 CBJ Game No. 16- Columbus Blue Jackets @ Washington Capitals
21 CBJ Post-Game No. 16- Final Minute Effort
21 CBJ Game No. 17- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Colorado Avalanche
21 CBJ Game No. 17- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Colorado Avalanche
22 CBJ Post-Game No. 17- One Point in Overtime
23 CBJ Game No. 18- Columbus Blue Jackets v. Calgary Flames
28 CBJ Update: The Thanksgiving Weekend
29 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
29 CBJ Game No. 21- Columbus Blue Jackets v Tampa Bay Lightning
30 CBJ Post-Game No. 21- Hartnell and Sons