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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
39-17-3 81
35-18-6 76
31-22-7 69
30-25-4 64
27-22-9 63
27-21-8 62
24-20-14 62
19-28-10 48

Top Blue Jackets News

  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: In goal versus Rangers

    Merzlikins will get the starting nod on the road against the Rangers on Wednesday, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    Merzlikins went 3-2-0 with a 2.99 GAA in his last six outings and will continue to see the bulk of the workload moving forward. Having said that, with the Blue Jackets entering a back-to-back, fantasy players can expect to see Daniil Tarasov between the pipes at home against the Hurricanes on Thursday.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Out Wednesday

    Texier (illness) isn't expected to play Wednesday against the Rangers, per Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch.

    It will be Texier's second straight contest on the shelf. He has eight goals and 18 points in 54 appearances this season. Alexander Nylander, who made his Blue Jackets debut Sunday, is expected to remain in the lineup.

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  • Blue Jackets' Johnny Gaudreau: Pair of apples in win

    Gaudreau assisted on two goals during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The diminutive winger still hasn't matched the huge offensive numbers he posted in Calgary during his two-season tenure with Columbus. A career-low 7.0 shooting percentage in 2023-24 hasn't helped, but it's possible that positive regression will come for Gaudreau before the season ends. He has made up for the lack of finishing touch with playmaking skills recently, racking up one goal and 13 points over his last 10 games.

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  • Blue Jackets' Kirill Marchenko: Two-point night aids win

    Marchenko had a goal and an assist during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    Marchenko is up to 17 goals and 31 points through 55 games. The 23-year-old Russian has hit a career-best points mark in his sophomore season and is on pace to do the same in goals as well. There have been hot streaks and slumps, but he's producing respectable offense on a team that has struggled since the season's first month.

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  • Blue Jackets' Jack Roslovic: Pots game-winning goal

    Roslovic scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The goal was just Roslovic's fourth through 34 games. It's been a tough year in which he battled through injuries and was even a healthy scratch in January. Now that he's healthy, Roslovic is starting to turn things around. He has points in five of the last six games for a total of two goals and five assists. During that stretch, he's been well over his season average of 16:11 of ice time in five of six games. He's shooting just 6.2 percent this year and has a career average of 11.8, so Roslovic could be due for further positive regression with his shooting percentage.

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  • Blue Jackets' Ivan Provorov: Caps off win with goal

    Provorov scored his fifth goal of the season late in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

    The goal was just Provorov's fifth of the year. The 27-year-old defender isn't having a career-best campaign by any stretch, but five goals and 26 points through 57 games represent his best offensive production rate since the 2019-20 season. However, he's taking shots at the lowest rate of his career and has a minus-12 rating.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Leads team to win

    Merzlikins stopped 29 of 31 Rangers shots, leading the Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory Sunday.

    Merzlikins has had a tough go this season, as Sunday's game was just the third time in the last 15 games that he posted a save percentage over .906. Through 32 games on the season, he has a paltry .900 save percentage with a 10-12-7 record.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Unavailable Sunday

    Texier (illness) won't play Sunday against the Rangers, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

    Texier, who has been battling a bug, will get some additional time to recover ahead of Wednesday's rematch versus the Rangers. He has accounted for eight goals and 18 points in 54 appearances this campaign. Alexander Nylander, who will make his Columbus debut after being acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on Thursday, will replace Texier in Sunday's lineup.

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  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Facing Rangers

    Merzlikins will protect the home net Sunday versus the Rangers, per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Merzlikins has gone 2-2-0 in his past four starts, stopping 112 of 123 shots during that span. Over 32 games played this campaign, he has posted a 10-12-7 record with one shutout, a 3.33 GAA and a .900 save percentage. The Rangers rank ninth in the league with 3.34 goals per contest this season.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexander Nylander: Practices Saturday

    Nylander (not injury related) took part in Saturday's practice, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

    Nylander could make his Columbus debut Sunday versus the Rangers after joining his teammates on the ice for the first time Saturday. The Blue Jackets acquired Nylander and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh on Thursday in exchange for Emil Bemstrom. The 25-year-old Nylander has 14 goals and 34 points in 98 career NHL contests.

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  • Blue Jackets' Dmitri Voronkov: Supplies only offense in loss

    Voronkov scored a power-play goal in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Sabres.

    The big rookie tapped home a Kirill Marchenko pass midway through the first period to give the Blue Jackets an early lead, but the team couldn't solve Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen the rest of the night. Voronkov hasn't recorded an assist since Jan. 2, but that doesn't mean the 23-year-old center has been unproductive -- he's racked up eight goals over the last 13 games, with three of them coming on the power play.

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  • Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Takes tough loss Friday

    Tarasov stopped 35 shots in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Sabres.

    The 24-year-old netminder made some huge saves early to keep the Blue Jackets from getting blown out but didn't get much offensive support. Tarasov eventually gave up the game-winner early in the third period on a Connor Clifton shot through a screen. Tarasov has looked good while starting back-to-back games, allowing four goals on 66 shots, and he could be making a push for Elvis Merzlikins' starting job.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: Good to go Friday

    Texier (undisclosed) will suit up Friday against Buffalo, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

    Texier missed morning skate but won't be absent for any game action. The 24-year-old tallied two assists Wednesday against the Ducks, snapping a six-game drought without a point.

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  • Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov: Gets starting nod

    Tarasov will patrol the home crease versus the Sabres on Friday, Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site reports.

    Tarasov was pretty sharp in his last start Wednesday against Anaheim, turning aside 27 of 29 shots en route to a 7-4 victory -- Elvis Merzlikins surrendered two goals on two shots late in the second period when Tarasov briefly exited with an undisclosed injury, but Tarasov was able to return for the third and secure the win. The 24-year-old netminder will try to earn his fifth victory of the season in a middling home matchup with a Buffalo team that's averaging 3.19 goals on the road this season, 15th in the NHL.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexandre Texier: May not play Friday

    Texier (undisclosed) missed morning skate and is considered a game-time decision for Friday's game versus Buffalo, per Jeff Svoboda of the Blue Jackets' official site.

    Texier has eight goals and 18 points in 53 games, including a two-assist effort Wednesday in a 7-4 win over Anaheim. Should he be unable to play, the Blue Jackets could go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Sabres.

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  • Blue Jackets' Alexander Nylander: Not playing against Buffalo

    Nylander (not injury related) will not be in the lineup Friday when the Blue Jackets take on the Sabres, according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic.

    Nylander was not on the ice at Friday's morning skate, but he could still make his Blue Jackets debut as soon as Sunday against the Rangers. Nylander had 17 goals and 32 points in 43 AHL games before he was traded from Pittsburgh to Columbus on Thursday.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.91 3.62 14.6

Injuries

Player Injury
P. Laine RW Patrik Laine RW Personal
A. Fantilli C Adam Fantilli C Laceration
A. Texier C Alexandre Texier C Illness

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