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Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky made 39 saves in Saturday's double-OT win over the Penguins.
Impact: He goes into the record books as the guy who backstopped the team to its first-ever postseason win.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's double-OT win over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of their opening-round series.
Impact: His outstanding season continues. This guy is going to be dominant in the way Ryan Getzlaf is dominant.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Calvert was on fire Saturday, scoring while shorthanded and then netting the winner in double-OT in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Deservedly, he was named the game's first star. His upside is limited, but he's proving to be clutch.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tyutin likely suffered an injury during Saturday's Game 2, as he did not play in the second period, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Tyutin logged his normal amount of ice time in the first period, but he didn't play in the second period and has yet to take the ice through the first half of the third. He took a couple big hits early in the game, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Umberger (upper body) expects to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Blue Jackets' team website reports.
Impact: Umberger's injury forced him out of Columbus' final four regular season games, as well as Game 1 of the playoffs; however, reportedly feeling better, Umberger should be back in action Saturday.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno (knee) could still play in Saturday's game against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Head coach Todd Richards said Thursday that Foligno would not be available Saturday, but he now has a chance to play after taking part in Friday's practice. A final decision on Foligno's status will be made just before the first puck is dropped Saturday.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Umberger (upper body) says he's "close" to returning to action, and could be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Blue Jackets' opening round series against the Penguins on Saturday, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: He was in and out of Jackets coach Todd Richards' doghouse down the stretch, but the club will welcome the veteran winger back into the lineup as soon as Umberger is ready.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Todd Richards said Foligno (knee) would miss Saturday's Game 2 against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Foligno is still expected to play at some point in the series, but the Blue Jackets may need to steal a win or two in order to buy enough time for his return.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson collected a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The Jackets dropped Game 1 on the road, but Johnson picked up two points to move his career playoff total to 12 in 12 games. The Penguins have a tendency to give up a lot of postseason goals, so look for Johnson to continue to contribute as the series continues.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced Wednesday against the Penguins.
Impact: The Pens took Game 1 by a score of 4-3, but the Jackets held their own on the road. Bobrovsky could have been better, but he'll remain the starter heading into Saturday's Game 2 in Pittsburgh.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith was recalled from AHL Springfield on Tuesday.
Impact: Smith will be on hand as the third goalie for the Blue Jackets, but isn't expected to see any ice time during the playoffs.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Umberger (upper body) will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Though a specific target date for Umberger's return has not been outlined, coach Todd Richards said that he expects the winger to play at some point during the team's opening-round playoff series.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Foligno (knee) will not play Wednesday against the Penguins, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: On an encouraging note, coach Todd Richards said that he expects Foligno to play at some point in the Blue Jackets' opening-round series against Pittsburgh.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubinsky (maintenance) will play Wednesday against the Penguins, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Impact: Dubinsky's absence from the ice Monday was for maintenance purposes; he'll be ready to go when the Blue Jackets open their playoff slate on Wednesday.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubinsky (unspecified issue) was not at Monday's morning skate, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Portzline notes that Dubinsky left Saturday's game for a spell with what looked like a knee or ankle issue, so the forward's status is worth monitoring in advance of Wednesday's playoff opener against the Penguins. Dubinsky finished up the regular season with 50 points and 98 PIM in 76 games for the Blue Jackets.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Columbus beat the Panthers on Saturday.
Impact: Bobrovsky is riding high entering a playoff series with the hated Penguins.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenner picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's win over the Panthers.
Impact: He's been seeing big minutes alongside Ryan Johansen to close out the regular season, and responded with six points (three goals and three assists) in his last five games. If you're looking for sleepers in your playoff pool and think the Blue Jackets might be poised for a run, Jenner's your lad.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky finished the season on a four-game winning streak after ending up the 3-2 victor over the Panthers on Saturday night. He made 33 saves.
Impact: It was his 32nd win of the season, four better than his previous career best set in his rookie year in Philly. He's the backbone for the Jackets and the Jackets will go as far this postseason as he can carry them.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over Florida. Both points came on the power play and the goal was the game-winner.
Impact: He ends the regular season on a six-game, eight-point streak (three goals, five assists) and 63 points, including 33 goals, on the season. He has been outstanding this season in all parts of the game, including in the face off dot, and is starting to show the NHL that he has the skills to be a truly dominant, first-line center.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (lower body) will return for Saturday's game against the Panthers, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Impact: With Nikitin back in for the first time since April 1, both Ryan Murray (knee) and Nick Schultz will be scratched. Nikitin has just 15 points in 65 games this season, but he's been a steady presence on the Columbus blue line.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the Panthers as a precaution, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Murray thus finishes the regular season with 21 points in 66 games, and it sounds like he should be fine for the start of the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Savard came away with his fifth goal of the season in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: After dishing out an assist Wednesday against the Stars, Savard has provided points in consecutive games. However, considering this minor scoring outburst was preceded by a 19-game pointless streak, Savard shouldn't be invested in too heavily.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenner supplied a goal and an assist in Friday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Jenner's power-play goal at the 13:46 mark of the second period briefly tied the game before the Bolts responded with two quick goals in the next five minutes. The loss does little to dampen the excellent production Jenner has provided of late. He's tallied three goals and two assists over his last four contests.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McElhinney stopped 19 of 22 shots in Friday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: With the Blue Jackets working to secure a playoff spot over the last couple of weeks, McElhinney has collected dust on the bench most nights. He seemed understandably rusty in his first start since Mar. 29, and might not get a chance at redemption the rest of the way. Top netminder Sergei Bobrovsky is scheduled to start the team's season finale Saturday against the Panthers.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Todd Richards confirmed that Bobrovsky would get the start in goal for Saturday's finale against the Panthers, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky looks to be on top of his game with the postseason set to begin next week, as he's won four of his last five starts and has allowed no more than three goals in 14 of his last 15 outings. He looks like a strong play against a Florida team that lacking in top-tier offensive talent.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets assigned Erixon to AHL Springfield on Friday.
Impact: Erixon did not play after being recalled in late March, and he appeared in just two games with Columbus all season. He did tally 33 points in 36 games with Springfield this season, so he may compete for a more prominent role next season.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McElhinney will be between the pipes for Friday's game against the Lightning, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Columbus is still battling for playoff positioning, but head coach Todd Richards wanted to give regular goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky a night off with the Blue Jackets playing back-to-back nights and the playoffs coming up. McElhinney will take on a Lightning team that sits eighth in the league with 2.86 goals per game.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton underwent abdominal surgery Friday morning and will be out six weeks.
Impact: Outside of a brief appearance in Tuesday's game, Horton has been sidelined since late March with a lower-body injury, and it is now apparent that he was dealing with an abdominal issue. This is a tough blow for the Blue Jackets just ahead of the playoffs, but the team has considerable experience playing without him, as he missed the first three months of the season with a shoulder injury. Horton has an outside shot to return during the postseason if the Blue Jackets advance far enough.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Columbus clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history with Wednesday's 3-1 win at Dallas.
Impact: Bobrovsky has posted a 1.58 GAA during a 4-1-0 run.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Letestu potted his 11th goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: Letestu has now scored goals in three consecutive games and has five points in his last five contests. It hasn't resulted in much of an increase in ice time yet, but it should lock him into a top-six role during the playoffs.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Horton is getting credit for a goal without playing in a game against Dallas.
Impact: Horton scored in the first period March 10 against the Stars about 4 minutes before the game was postponed when Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench because of an irregular heartbeat. The rescheduled game Wednesday started from the beginning, but with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0. All stats except the goal were scrubbed, and Horton missed the makeup game with a lower-body injury.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen picked up an assist Wednesday, extending his scoring streak to four games and giving him 60 points on the season.
Impact: The fourth overall pick in 2010 has blossomed in his third NHL season, and lead the Blue Jackets to just the second postseason appearance in the franchise's history. Johansen should be a solid fantasy asset for years to come.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky made 33 saves Wednesday as the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: It's Bobrovsky's third straight win, and 31st of the season, as he seems to be peaking at exactly the right time. The Blue Jackets won't have a high seed as they head into the postseason for just the second time in club history, but they could have a goalie capable of stealing games and even entire series.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 29 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix.
Impact: Bobrovsky's shutout was his second in four games. He's gone 3-1-0 with a 1.73 GAA in those contests.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Horton has had surgery for an abdominal injury and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. The team announced the news before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay.
Impact: Horton has five goals and 19 points in 36 games this season. A prized offseason free agent signing for the playoff-bound Blue Jackets, Horton underwent shoulder surgery last summer, which caused him to miss the first 40 games this season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky will be in the net Wednesday to start against the Stars in a game previously postponed Mar. 10.
Impact: That game was stopped 6:23 into the first period after Rich Peverley had a cardiac emergency and needed to be hospitalized. The Blue Jackets held a 1-0 goal lead before Peverley collapsed on the bench, and that advantage will carry over Wednesday, putting Bobrovsky on the inside track for the win. The two teams will still play a full 60-minute game.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky gave up a last-minute goal to send the game to overtime Tuesday against the Coyotes, but ultimately picked up the 4-3 win in the extra period.
Impact: While Bobrovsky's 29-save performance wasn't quite a nice as the two shutouts he posted in his previous two victories, he did just enough to secure the win for the playoff-hopeful Blue Jackets. He'll likely be in the net Wednesday against the Stars spotted a 1-0 lead, as Dallas and Columbus will make up the Mar. 10 game that was postponed in the midst of the first period following Rich Peverley's cardiac emergency.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton (lower body) will not play Wednesday against the Stars, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Horton returned to the lineup Tuesday, but only made it one shift into the second period before being shut down for the rest of the game. The news that he'll miss Wednesday's contest is highly discouraging, since it suggests that he aggravated whatever lower body injury was nagging him before. This does set him up to be the answer to a very odd trivia question though. Wednesday's game is the replay of one from March 10 that ended early in the first period due to Rich Peverley's collapse, but Horton's goal from a month ago will still count and the Jackets will begin a full game up 1-0. As a result, Horton will become the first player to ever score a goal in a game for which he didn't dress. Keep a close eye on his status as the Jackets continue to fight for a playoff spot.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anisimov picked up a pair of assists in Tuesday's overtime win against Phoenix.
Impact: With five points in his last six games, Anisimov's on one of his warmer streaks. He tends to run hot and cold, so it might not be a bad idea to snag him while he's producing here at the end of the regular season.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johansen assisted on the game's first goal and scored the game-winner in overtime against Phoenix on Tuesday.
Impact: Johansen's breakout year continues, as he's now just one shy of 60 points on the season. This is just the beginning for the 21-year-old, and he and the Jackets are in good position now for Johansen to get his first taste of NHL playoff action.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton (lower body) is expected to play Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Impact: His return couldn't come at a better time, with both Nick Foligno and RJ Umberger sidelined for the Blue Jackets' kick to the finish line. Horton, who last played on March 29, has recorded a modest 17 points in 34 games this season, but assuming the Blue Jackets qualify for the playoffs, they'll have a proven postseason asset on hand with the veteran forward, who has 36 points in 43 career playoff games.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Coyotes.
Impact: Bobrovsky, who is on track to make his fifth straight start for the Blue Jackets, has notched shutouts in two of his last three turns as the Jackets battle to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dubinsky tallied two assists and racked up five hits Sunday against the Islanders.
Impact: Dubinsky has been a force on both sides of the ice his last four games, notching a goal and four assists to go along with 20 hits. He'll continue to see high usage both at even strength and on the power play as the Blue Jackets look to secure a playoff berth.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Umberger has an upper-body injury.
Impact: Umberger has been in and out of the lineup for the Jackets of late.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in 72 hours to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the New York Islanders 4-0 on Sunday night.
Impact: Bobrovsky has five shutouts and also blanked the 'Yotes the last time he saw them. The Jackets also posted a whitewash of Phoenix earlier this year so you can count on 'Bob' to deliver the fantasy goods in Tuesday's interconference matchup.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton (lower body) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Impact: Horton, who last suited up on March 29, has been limited to 17 points in 34 games for the Blue Jackets to date, but it looks like he may be able to return to action in time for the team's final playoff push this week.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Umberger will miss a couple of weeks with an upper-body injury.
Impact: As a result, Umberger's regular season comes to a close with 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests -- his lowest point total in a full-length season since 2006-07.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Blue Jackets have recalled Skille from AHL Springfield.
Impact: Skille, who has recorded four goals in 12 games with the Blue Jackets to date, last saw action with the big club on Dec. 31 but could get an opportunity over the final week with both Nick Foligno and RJ Umberger on the shelf. Skille's tallied a surprising 24 points in 22 AHL contests.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Umberger went to the locker room early in the third period Sunday with what the Blue Jackets are describing as "soreness," the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Well, that's enlightening. Umberger had been a recent healthy scratch and was skating on the fourth line Sunday, so the Jackets likely won't hesitate to just shut him down if the injury (whatever it really is) proves to be at all serious.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Letestu scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Islanders.
Impact: He's not a big fantasy asset, but Letestu now has nine goals and a career-high 31 points on the season, mainly thanks to a career-high 78 games played.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jenner scored the game-winning power-play goal and added an assist against the Islanders on Sunday.
Impact: The 20-year-old rookie got off to a good start before cooling down and dealing with some injury issues. He has only 14 goals and 25 points in 68 games on the season, but has the upside to do much more in the long run.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky stopped all 31 shots he faced in a shutout win over the Islanders on Sunday.
Impact: Not tough competition, but Bobrovsky still earned his fifth shutout in the season, and his second in three starts. With the Jackets hanging onto a playoff spot, he's picked the right time to get back into last year's Vezina-winning form.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Horton (lower body) was set to take part in a solo skate Sunday morning, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Impact: Horton doesn't appear close to resuming practice with his team, an indication he's out indefinitely. This late in the regular season, it would seem unlikely that Horton is worth hanging onto for most fantasy owners, as it wouldn't be surprising if he missed the team's final handful of games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nikitin (lower body) looks to be out of the lineup Sunday against the Islanders.
Impact: Nikitin didn't take part as a member of any of the Blue Jackets' top three defensive pairings in Sunday's morning skate, a likely indication he'll be absent from the lineup. He's already missed the last two games due to the lower-body injury.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bobrovsky will draw the start in goal Sunday against the Blackhawks, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Impact: It will be the fourth straight start for Bobrovsky, who has been rather inconsistent of late. Over his last three games, he's sandwiched a shutout of the Flyers in between posting sub-.900 saves against the Avalanche and Blackhawks.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 34 saves Friday for the Jackets.
Impact: Bobrovsky fell to 1-2-1 with a 2.76 GAA in his career vs. the 'Hawks.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKenzie scored a first-period goal -- his ninth tally of the season -- in Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Impact: The goal snapped a seven-game pointless skid for MacKenzie, who hadn't helped himself during that time by attempting only eight shots. As the Jackets' fourth-line center and a non-regular on the power play, McKenzie wouldn't seem to have much fantasy upside.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Murray (knee) logged 17:33 of ice time and finished with a plus-1 rating in his return to lineup Friday against the Blackhawks.
Impact: Murray missed the past month of action after going arthroscopic knee surgery, but assumed a prominent role right away for the Blue Jackets upon returning. Prior to the injury, Murray was one of the top-performing rookie blueliners with 20 points and 93 blocked shots in 61 games. He's a huge addition for the Blue Jackets to have over the final handful of games as they look to solidify a playoff spot.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Bobrovsky made 37 saves in Thursday's 2-0 win at Philadelphia.
Impact: Bobrovsky is 4-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA in his last five road starts.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Wisniewski had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 2-0 win at Philadelphia.
Impact: Wisniewski had seven points in his last five games.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Foligno wasn't able to return for Game 1 of the playoffs Wednesday.
Impact: He's questionable for Game 2 due to a lower-body injury.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Nikitin is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Impact: His status going forward is uncertain.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Horton returned to action Tuesday, recording an assist in just five minutes of a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix.
Impact: The winger had missed a couple games due to a lower-body injury.