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Sergei Bobrovsky And Steve Mason Not Only Changed Teams, But Style Too

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

It could not have been easy for Philadelphia Flyers fans to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hoist the 2013 Vezina Trophy one year after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was no need, however, to rekindle any angst when Bobrovsky was named NHL Second Star of the Week heading into a game against the Flyers on Tuesday.

Bobrovsky would be the first to remind fans still upset by his departure that the goalie Philadelphia traded is not the same one now stopping pucks and winning awards in Columbus. He has made significant technical and tactical adjustments since leaving.

"I would say it's two different goalies right now comparing me in Philly and right now in Columbus," Bobrovsky told NHL.com. "I changed my style a lot. Mentally, physically, technically, all those things have changed here."

If that story sounds familiar to Philadelphia fans, it's because the Flyers' current goalie, Steve Mason, has undergone a similar transformation since arriving from Columbus in April 2013.

Like Bobrovksy, Mason has benefitted from tactical changes since joining a new team. In addition to easing the pain of losing Bobrovsky, Mason's resurgence in Philadelphia is another reminder that one style does not fit all when it comes to NHL goaltending.


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The Hot Columbus Blue Jackets

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Don't look now, but the Columbus Blue Jackets have won four consecutive games after beating the Flyers 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night.

It makes Columbus perfect in December and gives hope that the Blue Jackets may be setting themselves up for another second-half charge like we've seen the last two seasons. It's not an easy way to go about making the playoffs, but that's the reality an extreme amount of injuries have created for Columbus.

This win was more significant because it marked the return of Brandon Dubinsky, a heart-and-soul leader the team desperately missed. He played close to 20 minutes and had an assist, providing a flicker of hope that if the Blue Jackets can get healthy, perhaps we haven't seen the last of them yet.

more from the ESPN hockey writers including LeBrun on the Canadiens, Burnide on the Islandera and Strang on Thomas Vanek...

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A Good Year To Be Bad

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is a good season to stink, or to be hit by a tsunami. The two young men rated at the top of the 2015 draft class, forwards Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, have been described as “generational” players. Sidney Crosby has allowed that McDavid might be even better than he was coming out of junior hockey.

That is the way Stanley Cup champions are built, by having good timing with god-awfulness and reaping the benefits in the draft. The Pittsburgh Penguins in their dark years drafted Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Crosby. The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

The Los Angeles Kings picked up Dustin Brown in the loaded draft of 2003, Anze Kopitar in the top-heavy draft of 2005 and Drew Doughty in 2008.

Those are players you can’t swing a trade for or sign as a free agent. Ryan Johansen is one of those types. How long did it take the Jackets to find a true No. 1 center?

The think about tanking is it takes commitment. The Jackets are on pace to lose 550 man-games to injury. That is a certain type of commitment. The Jackets had a 6-15-2 record coming out of last weekend. They were last in the NHL with 14 points in 23 games. That is a certain type of commitment.

Then they swept a home-and-home with the Florida Panthers. In the second game, Sergei Bobrovsky had a franchise-record 52 saves. Jeez, Bob, now you’re getting hot?


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Columbus Blue Jackets Not Looking For A Quick Fix

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets majority owner John P. McConnell and president of hockey operations John Davidson talk frequently about the state of the franchise, how and where things are going. The latest chat was Sunday.

It can't be easy for any owner to see his club listed at the bottom of the NHL standings, but that's where the Blue Jackets currently reside: 6-15-2, 30th in the NHL.

There will be no quick fix, Davidson told McConnell.

"(McConnell) was very supportive of us trying to work our way through it, especially without getting impulsive and discarding the future," Davidson said. "There's full support of everybody in the organization, 100 percent.

"We've been dealt a bad hand, but we're going to deal with it."


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Columbus Blue Jackets Place Artem Anisimov On IR- Out 2-3 Months

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Artem Anisimov on Injured Reserve as a result of a torn triceps muscle suffered in last Saturday’s game at Nashville, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The injury is expected to sideline Anisimov for two to three months.

Anisimov, who missed seven games earlier this season due to an upper body injury, has recorded two goals and four assists for six points with four penalty minutes in 16 games this season. The Yaroslavl, Russia native has posted 81-90-171 with 122 penalty minutes in 376 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

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It Can’t Get Much Worse For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Since Oct. 28, the Blue Jackets have lost 14 of 16 games. That 2-12-2 over the last month. Incredible.

The Blue Jackets' massive wave of injuries hasn't helped the Blue Jackets, obviously, but they have lost their identity in the last few weeks. It's just gone right now. Where is the snarl with these guys?

= The forecheck, once a staple of the Jackets’ attack, is as light and unpredictable as the wind.

= Checks that used to be finished – opponents actually canceled out of the play along the wall – are now just ineffective, going-through-the-motions bumps.

= Open-ice hits, once laid with inpunity, are now avoided, not even the puck jarred loose.

One must feel for the denizens of Nationwide Arena at this point. They had literally nothing to cheer about tonight.


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Blue Jackets Lacking An Identity

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Tonight, the Jackets play the Vancouver Canucks at Nationwide Arena. The Canucks (15-6-1) have the second-best record in the Western Conference. They have found something. The Jackets (6-13-2) have the second-worst record in the league. They have lost something.

“When you’ve done something, it becomes an expectation and a standard, and we haven’t been up to that standard,” coach Todd Richards said after practice yesterday. “We have to expect that standard every night.”...

What the Jackets are missing, though, is who they are.

“We haven’t been able to find our identity,” Foligno said. “It comes from the players. Not management, not coaches. It comes from the players, and it has to change.”

The Jackets are fast and physical, and they have an aggressive forecheck. At least that was their identity last season, and the half-season before that.

“I don’t know if camouflaged is the right word,” Richards said. “It’s there, but sometimes we can’t find it.”


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A Heart Warming Thanksgiving Story

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

By midafternoon today, the Wisniewski residence in Dublin will be crowded, loud and festive. Since signing with the Blue Jackets four seasons ago, James Wisniewski and his wife, Nicole, have extended an open invitation to his teammates and their families each Thanksgiving.

The Folignos are regulars. So are the Dubinskys and Tyutins. The single guys come every year, too, and usually end up playing with the kids.

This year’s gathering will be special, though — not just for the bounty of food on the table, but for the littlest one among them.

One year ago, Milana Foligno, daughter of Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and his wife, Janelle, was in a hospital in Boston, recovering from open-heart surgery performed when she was only 3 weeks old.

Her parents were fighting, too, trying to keep their life on track while a wide range of emotions — fear, worry, woe — weighed on them.


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Action Needed In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

It is time for general manager Jarmo Kekalainen to do something.

We all know the patient, long-term plan set forth by Kekalainen and his boss, John Davidson, the president of hockey operations. “Brick by Brick” T-shirts appeared last year. They have a core of young players they want to see grow within the system. We all get it.

“We are the 5th line” T-shirts appeared this year, and Alexander Wennberg should be wearing one. He has not proved he is an NHL-caliber player, and he is on the ice 15 minutes a night. This does no service to him or the team. He should be building his confidence with minor-league Springfield.

Maybe Wennberg goes the way of Nikita Filatov — or maybe he goes the way of Ryan Johansen, who, you might recall, did not have an illustrious rookie season and has turned out pretty well. The point here, though, is not about the rookie. He is not the problem; he is merely a symptom.

The Jackets are stagnant, and they need a stir.

read on

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Milan Lucic On The “Gutless” Punch From Dalton Prout

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Boston Bruins are irate at the altercation between forward Milan Lucic and Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout at the end of overtime on Friday and are vowing revenge when the teams meet on Dec. 27 at Nationwide Arena.

Lucic told the Boston Herald that he let Prout know he wasn’t going to fight, and he let his guard down just before Prout buckled his knees with a heavy right to the chin.

“It’s the end of the game,” Lucic said. “I let him know I wasn’t going to fight him. I wasn’t prepared, I let my guard down, and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down. I’ve been in over 100 fights, and I never took a shot like that. Like I said, we get two opportunities to play the Blue Jackets, and I’ll be ready.”...

“There’s many a times when I could have done the exact same thing, and I held off because the guy’s refusing to drop his gloves,” Lucic said. “I find it to be gutless, and that’s my thoughts on it.”


Watch the incident below if you missed it earlier, video includes feed from both teams.

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