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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks

 

NBCSN will have live look-ins of the Columbus game.

added 5:19pm,

 

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Video- John Davidson On The Success Of The Columbus Blue Jackets

Arash Madani of Sportsnet with the interview.

 

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Another Win By The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have scored more goals, won by bigger margins, and put on better shows during this historic winning streak. But with the eyes of the sporting world on them – it’s not just the hockey world now – the Blue Jackets were tactically sound and methodical on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers before 17,169 in Nationwide Arena.

The winning streak now stands at 16 games, the second-longest streak in NHL history. They’ll try to match the NHL record of 17 straight wins (Pittsburgh, 1992-93) when they play in Washington on Thursday.

“We’re rolling right now,” Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson said. “The bench is up, and between periods we’re staying positive even if we’ve had a good period or a bad period. We’re definitely having fun right now.”...

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella has tried to keep a lid on the hysteria, but good luck with that now. ESPN is doing live post-game hits with players – Foligno took the pill after last night’s game – and networks from across the globe are tracking their results. TSN is sending a reporter to Washington. The BBC has included Blue Jackets' scores in their overnight roundups.

Still, the moment has yet to look too big for the Blue Jackets, even though they’re the youngest team in the NHL.

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Video- The Columbus Cannon

Gene Principe of Sportsnet with the feature.

 

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Enjoy The Ride Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It’s OK to enjoy the streak. Please, do.

The Blue Jackets have won 15 in a row. Maybe it ends tonight, when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers visit Nationwide Arena. Maybe it continues. Either way, it is a very cool thing, this streak.

Coach John Tortorella doesn’t have to enjoy it. I wish he would, if just a little. The Blue Jackets are being mentioned in the same breath with Scotty Bowman’s Pittsburgh Penguins, Al Arbour’s New York Islanders and Art Ross’ Boston Bruins.

As someone who loves the game and appreciates and understands its history, there some room to say, “‘Look who we are joining. It’s an honor.”

Tortorella said, “I don’t even know who we’re joining.”

It’s one game at a time, focus on business, don’t get too high or too low, and all of that. It’s about two points, and then move on to the next one. I get that. Still, having some historical perspective is not going to bring down a hex.

Tortorella doesn’t know?

“Nope. I don’t. Seriously.”

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The Roll Continues For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

“We’re just rolling,” said winger Scott Hartnell after they beat the Wild, 4-2, at the Xcel Energy Center. “We’re having fun, we’re business-like, we’re focusing at the rink. It’s something I’ve never really been a part of – the focus and attitude of everyone.”

Those are the words of a 16-year veteran who’s played in a Stanley Cup final. Hartnell is describing a squad comprised mostly kids with a few vets sprinkled among them. It speaks to the maturity of the Blue Jackets and the job coach John Tortorella is doing to keep them grounded.

“It really hasn’t been in our vocabulary,” Tortorella said of the streak. “I’m not saying that to be an idiot about it. I don’t think we can think about that. It’s such a long season. I think our guys know why we have been consistent so far. We worry about each day and, I know you’re tired of hearing me say that, but that’s what it is. That’s the most important part of our team -- to worry about our work day, and we have to continue to do that.”

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Two Streaking Teams Meet Tonight

Puck drops just after 6:00pm ET tonight...

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Not only will Saturday’s game be the first time two NHL teams meet with simultaneous win streaks of at least seven games, it’ll be the first time in NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL history two teams meet with win streaks of at least 12 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

That historical significance was “cool” and “neat” to everybody Friday, and while Wild players expect the crowd to be buzzing and are aware a ticket to the game is suddenly a hot commodity, both teams took different tacks after their respective practices.

Inside the Wild locker room, player after player echoed their coach by noting it’s “just Game 36” and the game’s worth two points just like every other.

“It’s not the Super Bowl, it’s not the Stanley Cup,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s Game 36. It’s got a good, little story line, but that’s all it is.”

But Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella offered a different message, saying that in the monotony of an 82-game season, he’s happy the players have something to get excited about.

“I want our guys to revel in it,” said Tortorella, before noting that his team actually hasn’t played well this last little stretch. “Both teams deserve a lot of credit and they should feel good about what they’ve brought here, where they’re at. We know there’s a streak, we know there’s a streak over there. I’m glad we’re going to have an opportunity to play in this type of game.

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Two Hot Teams Meet On Saturday

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The hockey gods have a flair for the dramatic.

For the first time in NHL history, two teams have concurrent winning streaks of at least 12 games, and they just so happen to meet Saturday at 5 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center.

Both the Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets accomplished what they needed to tonight – WIN – to set the table for what I’ve dubbed the Clash of the 2000 Expansion Titans on New Year’s Eve.

The Wild, winners of 12 in a row and without a regulation loss in 13 straight games since Nov. 29 (12-0-1), vs. the Blue Jackets, winner of 14 in a row and without a regulation loss in 16 straight games since the day before Thanksgiving (15-0-1).

Amazing job by John Tortorella and his group. They started the season 0-2. They’ve lost three games in regulation since.

The Wild beat the New York Islanders tonight, 6-4, to tie a franchise record with its eighth consecutive home win and post its first 12-win month in history. This is now the second-longest winning streak in Bruce Boudreau’s NHL coaching career. He has coached four double-digit streaks in his career.

The Wild is now 14-1-3 since Nov. 19.

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Morning Line- Brandon Saad

For now, we’re hot — and we want to keep it that way.

We’re flying under the radar, even in our own city. Ohio State still dominates the headlines, and understandably so — the Buckeyes are a great team and playoff bound — but you can tell that people here are starting to take notice of what we’re doing.

So, can a city be a football town and a hockey town?

Just watch.

-Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Much more from Saad at The Players' Tribune.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Know Their 13th Consecutive Win Wasn’t Pretty

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

As Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella stepped to the podium late Tuesday, he fired an opening salvo before the questions even started flying. “This is going to be pretty short, I’ll tell you that right now,” Tortorella said.

The Blue Jackets had just won their 13th consecutive game, blowing a 3-0 lead against Boston before rescuing it with Nick Folingo's late power play goal to win 4-3 before a standing-room-only crowd of 19,005 in Nationwide Arena.

But nobody was all that pleased.

“That wasn’t very pretty,” left wing Matt Calvert said.

“I’m sure we’re going to address some things in practice (on Wednesday),” left wing Scott Hartnell said.

“It was pretty sloppy for the most part,” defenseman Seth Jones said. “We didn’t play the best hockey game, but we found a way to win it.”

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