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Your weekly round up of all things Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Monsters, and Sportsball related.

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It’s the Monday before trade deadline and all is quiet on the home front for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Only one trade has been made thus far. On February 11th, Blake Siebenaler was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. You can read more details about it here.

As we get closer to trade deadline on February 25th, we’ll have more content for you to read. In our 2019 Trade Deadline Hub you’ll find breaking trade news, analysis, and predictions on what may happen over the next week. Bookmark the hub for all your trade deadline needs.

Until the deadline happens, the show must go on. The Jackets and Cleveland Monsters had a full slate of games this past week.

Blue Jackets

On Tuesday, February 12th, the Jackets played host to the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals. They extended their win streak to four games after shutting out the Caps. Yes, they celebrated by mocking Evgeny Kuznetsov’s bird celebration. It was glorious.

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day of love and happiness. Unfortunately, this was not the case for the Jackets. The New York Islanders came into town and broke Cupid’s arrow in half with a shut out win over the Jackets.

Have no fear. The week wasn’t lost. With their moms in tow, the Jackets traveled to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The moms must have been good luck since the Jackets took down the Hawks, 5-2.

Monsters

The Monsters had quite the busy week.

On February 12th, the Monsters took down their foe, the Rochester Americans, in a crazy 5-2 win in regulation. Vitaly Abramov and Kole Sherwood provided two goals each in the win.

Then, the Monsters head out on a crazy roadtrip where they played back-to-back-to-back games against the Belleville Senators and Utica Comets.

The Monsters won their first game against the Senators in a shootout, 2-1. Nikita Korostelev came up big with a goal in regulation and the shootout. The next night was not as kind to the Monsters as they fell to the Senators, 4-2, in regulation. You can read about the series against the Senators here.

In their final game of the back-to-back-to-back, the Monsters started out strong against the Comets. You never would have guessed they were playing their third game in three days. Unfortunately, a disastrous third period caused the Monsters to lose in overtime.

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