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Final Dress Rehearsal

The Blue Jackets brought their stars out on display vs. Nashville, in a final rehearsal for the Big Show.

The Columbus Blue Jackets: Three Questions

We consider a few of the thornier issues facing the club as the regular season looms only a week away.

Managing the Goal:Learning the Lessons of the Past

Some of the worst all-time contracts were given to goalies. Have the NHL clubs learned their lessons in the salary cap world? We take a look.

Columbus Splits Two With Blues

On a split squad evening, the Blue Jackets handed the St. Louis Blues a 3 -1 defeat at Nationwide, while St. Louis returned the favor in Missouri, posting a 5-2 win.

Meet the New Blue Jacket: Michael Paliotta

An intelligent, skilled defenseman with a history of overcoming adversity, Michael Paliotta has his sights squarely set on a roster spot as he heads into camp

Gearing Up: 3 Roster Questions

As the #CBJ count down to camp and a season full of hope and expectations, we look at the key roster-related issues facing the club.

The Quality of Fandom: An Object Lesson

Drawing on a recent trip to Wrigley Field, we look at what fandom really involves in this day and age.

Expansion Raises Realignment Scenarios

With NHL expansion to 32 teams seemingly a foregone conclusion, we'll examine the potential impact on alignment and schedules should Las Vegas & Quebec City join the fray.

2015 NHL Entry Draft -- Day 2 -- Live!!

We are tracking all the action as the 30 NHL squads bitz through the final six rounds of this year's draft.

The Prospects for the Prospects

With the Entry Draft looming, we match the members of current NHL rosters to their draft status to see if the numbers tell us anything meaningful about their chances for success.

Victory: In the Eye of the Beholder

From the Triple Crown to the Stanley Cup, we receive classic examples of the joy of victory, but sometimes forget what it really represents.

The Second Assist: Statistic or Gift?

The "second assist" is an accepted part of hockey scoring. Is it really a valid performance metric?


In the least surprising hockey announcement of the day, Nick Foligno became the sixth captain in Columbus.

The "C" Returns to "C"olumbus

The Blue Jackets are poised to name a Captain who is a product of their own triumphs and travails.

Looking Down the Funnel

As the countdown to the draft begins, it's appropriate to consider how long the journey has been, and how much longer it will be.

Dr. Strangeline: Learning to Love the Grit - Maybe

Todd Richards is the winningest coach in Blue Jackets history, but I've been critical of some aspects of his coaching. Time to re-examine the premise.

Facing The Battle

Blue Jackets broadcaster Bill Davidge continues his battle against cancer, and we send positive thoughts in his direction.

A Tip of The Hat

Nick Foligno notched his first career hat trick as the Blue Jackets overcame a two goal deficit to dust off the Penguins 5 - 3.

Columbus Ends Win Drought In Edmonton

Breaking a five year jinx in Rexall Place, the Blue Jackets came away with a mystifying 4-3 shootout victory.

Schneider Stymies Blue Jackets

Cory Schneider was perfect once again, denying the Blue Jackets at every turn in a 2- 0 shutout win.

Early Lapses Sink Blue Jackets

Columbus was sluggish early, and the Montreal Canadiens took full advantage to earn a 3 -1 win.

Game Recap #53 : Breaking the Hex

The Blue Jackets overcame some bad luck, some bad calls and Friday the 13th itself to notch a hard-fought 4 - 3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Revisiting The All Star Game Experience

The Fantasy Draft, Skills Competition and the NHL All Star Game itself were the focal point of All Star Weekend in Columbus. But there was so much more that formed the fabric of the weekend. Here's a look back at what we saw.

Game Recap #49: Coyote Ugly - The Sequel

There was little redeeming social value to be found in tonight's 4 - 1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

NHL All Star Weekend Day 1 (UPDATES)

The NHL hockey ship hs docked in Columbus. Stick with us as we cover it from stem to stern all weekend.

Blue Jackets Ambushed By Leafs -- 5-2

Columbus turned in a feloniously indifferent performance against a fragile Maple Leafs team, and paid the price in a 5 - 2 loss.

2015 World Junior Championship Schedule - Day 3

While the U.S. looks to find its form vs. Germany, Switzerland will be looking to make life miserable for Russia in what promises to be a tighter contest than many might expect.

Approaching the New Year

The Blue Jackets have survived on guts and goaltending. They'll need more for success in the New Year.

Foligno, Bobrovsky Lead Jackets Over Capitals

Overcoming penalty issues and the resulting power play barrage, Nick Foligno and Sergei Bobrovsky took matters into their own hands, providing Columbus with a thrilling 3 - 2 OT win.

Game #23 Preview: Predatory Intent

The Blue Jackets have some new faces, but need a new attitude as they visit an old nemesis in Nashville.

Blue Jackets Come Up Short In Shootout

After posting a 2- 0 lead, the Blue Jackets let Boston back in the game, but then bounced back to tie it. It took a seven round shootout to decide the matter.

Bobrovsky Leads Blue Jackets Past Sharks -- 2-1

Columbus welcomed it Vezina-winning goaltender back into the lineup, and he did not disappoint.