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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (59) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 175

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The Blue Jackets reportedly won't be renewing the contract of goalie coach Ian Clark.
Clark has worked with the Blue Jackets since 2011, which means that he's been there throughout Sergei Bobrovsky's tenure with the organization. Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy twice with Columbus and is coming off another strong campaign where he had a 37-22-6 record, 2.42 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 65 starts. May 11 - 5:16 PM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are losing their series with the Washington Capitals on special teams.

The Blue Jackets are down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and the reason is special teams. The Blue Jackets have yet to score on 13 power play chances since Game 2 while they have given up eight goals on 24 opportunities when shorthanded. While Columbus scored four times on seven attempts in the first two games (their only wins of the series) the lack of scoring of late is costing them the series.
Apr 22 - 7:33 AM

The Blue Jackets have won four playoff games in their history and three of them have been in overtime.

The fourth, was of course, Thursday's 4-3 OT win over Washington on Artemi Panarin's goal at the 6:02 mark. Game 2 is Saturday night and if the Jackets can steal another game, they could go up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series heading home to Columbus.
Apr 14 - 9:08 AM

The Blue Jackets are entering the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time in their franchise's history.

Columbus has now made the playoffs in 2009, 2014, 2017, and 2018. What the Blue Jackets haven't done yet is win a playoff series. It will be difficult for the Blue Jackets to win a round for the first time this year given that their opponent will be the Washington Capitals, but Columbus certainly has a real chance.
Apr 9 - 4:44 AM

Head coach John Tortorella confirmed the Columbus Blue Jackets will rest several players.

Tortorella declined to comment on which players would not suit up tonight but did mention that Dean Kukan, Taylor Chorney, Eric Robinson and Joonas Korpisalo will all suit up. It looks like we'll have to wait for warmups but we'd bet on Seth Jones being one of the players who will sit out.
Apr 7 - 12:35 PM

The Blue Jackets went on an incredible run to qualify for the playoffs.

The Jackets went 13-1-2 in their last 16 games to clinch a playoff spot with one game left in the season. "We're just fortunate that we kept on winning when everybody else started winning — because no one loses," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. If you are looking for a hot team going into the post-season, look no further than Columbus.
Apr 7 - 9:45 AM

The Blue Jackets are getting ready for a big game against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The two teams are tied at 96 points, though the Penguins control the ROW tiebreaker. They also rank second and third in the Metropolitan Division, so if the playoffs started today, they'd play each other in the first round. Whoever wins this game will help determine the home ice advantage though. If the Penguins win, then they will be guaranteed to finish above the Blue Jackets this season, but if Columbus wins then they'll have a good chance of starting the first round at home.
Apr 5 - 6:13 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella doesn't like considering certain games to be must-wins.

"You have to be really careful about the ‘must-win’ and ‘do-or-die’ and those kind of lines," Tortorella said. "We still have a number of hockey games left to be played. It’s so close, we just have to take it one game at a time." The risk about calling a game a 'must-win' when that's not literal from a mathematical perspective is that losing such a game might demoralize a team that still has a chance at making the playoffs. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Blue Jackets have a one-point lead in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, but they've played in three more games than Florida. Every contest from now until the end of the season could be big for Columbus, but obviously they can't be expected to win all of them.
Mar 6 - 5:09 AM

A number of key Blue Jacket forwards are mired in significant scoring slumps.

Boone Jenner has registered only four points in Columbus' last 21 games, while Nick Foligno has recorded only one assist in the team's last 10 contests. Certainly the team's production has been impacted by injuries to Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wenneberg and Brandon Dubinsky, but veterans such as Jenner and Foligno have failed to step up. Without some offensive support, it won't matter how well Sergei Bobrovsky plays in goal--the Jackets will have trouble winning games.
Jan 6 - 9:44 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are far away from the pace they set last season when they had 108 points.

The Blue Jackets were outstanding last season as they had the fourth best record in the NHL. This season the Blue Jackets are ninth best with 46 points but it is very tight unlike last season when they were 14-0 in December to pull away. "To think this would be like last year, with the winning streak and all that, would be unrealistic," defenseman Seth Jones said. "We got younger, we knew it would be a challenge to find our identity early. We wavered a bit, but for the most part, we have consistently played decent hockey."
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 05:56:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are thriving on the penalty kill.

That's the good news as their power play is the worst in the NHL with only eight goals on 85 chances. Columbus has allowed only two goals on the penalty kill in their last 36 opportunities and are now third best in the NHL at the man-disadvantage.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 06:46:00 AM

John Tortorella earned his 100th victory as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Tortorella was the third head coach to ever win at least 100 games with the franchise. This was also his 546th career victory, which puts him just three wins back of Marc Crawford and 20th place on the all-time list.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 06:42:00 AM

Columbus has set a franchise record with its October showing.

The Blue Jackets are 8-4-0 this season, which translates to the most points they've earned in an October. In the first month of 2016-17 they went a mediocre 3-3-1 before heating up in November and then really getting rolling with their 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29 through Jan. 3. Expectations were high going into this season after they managed to make the playoffs and so far they've risen to the challenge.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:06:00 AM

With their 2-1 win over Winnipeg Friday night, the Blue Jackets are off to their best start in franchise history.

The Jackets are 7-3 after 10 games. Columbus will face a huge test Saturday night, however. The Jackets will travel to St. Louis to face the Central Division-leading Blues, who are 8-2-1.
Sat, Oct 28, 2017 09:53:00 AM

Columbus has failed to convert on its last 18 power-play opportunities.

The Blue Jackets went 0-for-3 with the man advantage on Thursday en route to a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay. "Our power play has to give us a goal somewhere along the way," said Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. "We’re just going to keep working at it and hopefully good things happen. I think the scheme is good, we have some really good players. We just haven’t gotten out of the gate with the power play. I think tonight was the night we felt it. We found ways to win games (before). We needed our power play tonight not only to score a goal — I don’t know if we win the game or not — but just to give us some juice." Columbus definitely has the talent in place to have an effective power play and it wouldn't be surprising to see the squad bounce back in that regard.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Alexander Wennberg
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Dubinsky
4Mark Letestu
5Lukas Sedlak
6Alex Broadhurst
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Pierre-Luc Dubois
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
6Eric Robinson
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Josh Anderson
3Thomas Vanek
4Oliver Bjorkstrand
5Sonny Milano
D1Zach Werenski
2Seth Jones
3Jack Johnson
4David Savard
5Ryan Murray
6Ian Cole
7Taylor Chorney
8Scott Harrington
9Dean Kukan
10Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo
3Jeff Zatkoff