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Morning Line- Aaron Portzline On Josh Anderson

In a perfect world, the Blue Jackets and Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, would gather shortly after the 2019-20 season and negotiate a long-term deal that would keep the 25-year-old in a Blue Jackets sweater until well into his 30s.

But the feeling around the NHL is that Anderson is more likely to be traded — either by the NHL trade deadline (less likely) or after the season (more likely) — than he is to be re-signed by the Blue Jackets. GMs have been poking around on Anderson for a while now.

-Aaron Portzline of The Athletic where you can read more (paid subscription) as this scenario plays out.

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How The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Remained Hot

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets are 15-2-4 over their past 21 games. The numbers within are crazy, and we can count the ways.

On Dec. 9, when this hot streak started, the Jackets were closer to last place in the conference (nine points ahead of Detroit) than they were to the second wild card (11 points behind Carolina). Heading into a game Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets in Nationwide Arena, the Jackets are holding the first wild card. Right now, they’re in.

The Jackets are 26-18-6. They have 60 points, their second-best record through 50 games, trailing only the 2016-17 team, which had 71 points through 50 games and ended the regular season with 108. That was a healthy group touched by magic. This is something else.

The past 21 games, by the numbers (and the goaltending stats are crazy):

Nineteen players have combined to score 63 goals (3.0 a game). Twelve players have scored winning goals.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Remain Hot

from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com,

The Blue Jackets ran their hot streak to 14-2-4 in the last 20 games with a 5-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday night in Nationwide Arena....

Quote of the Game

Head coach John Tortorella: "That score at the end of the second period could have been lopsided the other way. We had one guy play. As a team, we played the first six minutes and then we watched Elvis play for the rest of the first period and the rest of the second period. We played better in the third ... but don't kid ourselves on how this team played. We were not good, and Elvis deserves a tremendous amount of credit as far as finding our way tonight."

CBJ Notables

- Merzlikins was superb yet again, finishing with a career-high 41 saves -- including 21 in the first period -- on the way to his fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games.

- Atkinson continued to be on fire, notching his second and third goals in two games since returning from injury while adding an assist. He has eight goals in his last 10 games, 40 career game-winning goals and 16 games of at least three points in his CBJ tenure.

- Wennberg had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-2-5). He has a 3-6-9 line in his last 10 contests. 

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Video- Elvis Mania Has Hit Columbus

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John Tortorella Fined $20K

NEW YORK (January 1, 2020) -- Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has been fined $20,000 for comments following NHL Game No. 604 at Columbus on Sunday, Dec. 29, the National Hockey League announced today. Additionally, Tortorella has been assessed a conditional fine of $25,000, which will be collected in the event of similar inappropriate behavior through Dec. 29, 2020.

The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.

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Afternoon Line- Elvis Merzlikins

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Video- John Tortorella Is One Upset Coach

Game highlights are below.

via Jeff Svoboda tweets,

John Tortorella did not take questions from the media. Is livid over the refs not adding the 1.1 seconds that ran off after Chicago was called for its too many men penalty in OT. Werenski’s goal would have counted if the time had been added.

Torts called it “ridiculous” among other things, punctuating his thoughts by slamming his hand against the podium multiple times.

Torts: "Instead of resetting the clock, we have them tell our captain, 'We're not going to do it.' Toronto doesn't step in. The refs don't do their freaking job, and now we lose the game and we lose our goalie."

Torts, continued: "All this goddamn technology and getting things right, the stubbornness tonight by the officials and by the league and Toronto, however it is supposed to goddamn work, screws us. It's ridiculous."

Korpisalo had to leave the game with an injury, again, game highlights are below.

added 8:30pm, Tortorella post-game conference is below.

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Video- Big Or Bad Hit By Tom Wilson?

Lilja did return for the 3rd.

 

 

added 9:09pm, below, watch another hit from Wilson earlier in the game.

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Evening Line- John Tortorella

After a 1-0 OT loss to Pittsburgh.

 

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Now Is The Time For The Columbus Blue Jackets To Make A Playoff Push

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets won at least 45 games in each of the previous three seasons. The consensus three months ago, then, was that they had built something that was greater than the sum of their parts. As their hype video says, “From out of our blue, we rise.”

The new season is one-third gone now. The Jackets (11-12-4, 26 points) are in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Their 68 goals scored and minus-16 differential through 27 games put them among the most anemic teams in the league.

Old rule of thumb: The earlier a team can get into playoff position, the better. Over the previous six years, 74 of 96 teams in a playoff spot on Thanksgiving Day went on to clinch. On Thursday past, the Jackets were in seventh place in the wild-card standings. (Insert turkey joke here.)...

Although there is a lot of hockey yet to play, you will in the coming days get as good a gauge on these Jackets as you’re going to get. Remember all that talk about proving doubters wrong? About how the team would respond after losing Panarin, Bobrovsky, et al.? About how a strong locker room would coalesce in defiance? Now is the time.

The Jackets host Panarin and the New York Rangers on Thursday. The Jackets play at Florida on Saturday and will probably see Bobrovsky in net. The Jackets play the Ovechkins in Washington on Monday.

If they have an emotional response — if they rise — you will see what has largely been missing so far.

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