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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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Nyquist has been a big signing for them. He’s playing almost 20 mins a night often
and pointing up enough points to help stabilize what’s become a team that’s played like twenty forwards out of necessity. We know Nike is steady, smart pro.

They lost Panarin. And Duchene. And even more offensive depth in Dzingel, though he wasn’t much of a factor for them.

But who would have guessed they’d also effectively lose Josh Anderson
whose missed most of the season and had lingering, recurring injury problems
all season. That’s a big, fast, power forward with hands who scored a bunch of goals last season.

Of course their #3 D when healthy, Ryan Murray has also missed most of the season, which is standard.

A career backup with underwhelming numbers and a guy who’d also never played on NA ice.

A lot of people thought they’d be bottom of he league and New Jersey might make the playoffs.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/19/20 at 03:04 PM ET


Meant to write “almost” not “also” at the bottom.

Merzlikens didn’t want to play in the AHL and was
brand new to NA ice and looked really shaky early in the season.
It’s stunning how much better his numbers and results are now.

Korpisalo’s been rather good too and made most of the starts.

Bob’s always had bad stretches. He’s still capable of being a great goalie. But you can imagine Columbus is grateful they aren’t on the hook for 10 million a year late into his thirties.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/19/20 at 03:10 PM ET

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