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John Tortorella | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (58) / 6/24/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 175

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have given up goals with 16.5 seconds to go in the third in two straight games.
On Saturday, it cost them at least at point as the Rangers defeated the Blue Jackets 5-4 while on Sunday it cost Sergei Bobrovsky a shutout against the Flyers but Columbus did win it in overtime. It was their first win in three games after going on a 16 game winning streak that ended Thursday. Jan 9 - 7:34 AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will attempt to tie the NHL's winning streak record on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets will be going for their 17th straight victory when they face the Washington Capitals. As it stands the record for the longest winning streak belongs to the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. If they manage to win that game, then Columbus will have an opportunity to set a new record when it faces the Rangers on Saturday.
Jan 5 - 10:27 AM

A win on Tuesday would give the Columbus Blue Jackets sole possession of the second longest winning streak in NHL history.

Columbus' streak stands at 15 wins and the record stands at 17 by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets' next opponent is the Edmonton Oilers.
Jan 3 - 10:09 AM

The Blue Jackets have enjoyed three consecutive sellouts for the first time since 2007.

Columbus obviously isn't one of the NHL's biggest markets, but it seems the Blue Jackets have attracted attention with their recent success. They've won 13 straight games and sit atop the NHL with a 24-5-4 record. Columbus will go for its 14th consecutive victory on Thursday, but it will be a road game in Winnipeg.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:27:00 AM

Columbus' 12-game winning streak has been one of domination.

The Blue Jackets have outscored their opponents an overwhelming 48-18 over the course of the streak. On top of that, the Vancouver Canucks are the only team to have scored more than two goals on Columbus during the streak (back on Dec. 18). Columbus will try to keep the streak alive on Tuesday against Boston.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 05:10:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets will shoot for their 13th win in a row Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets will attempt to become the ninth NHL team in history to record 13 straight wins as they face the Bruins at home. The Blue Jackets are the best team in the NHL with 50 points and they have played only 32 games, three and four games less than the other contenders, save for Minnesota who trail Columbus by four points and have played one less game than the Blue Jackets.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:15:00 AM

John Tortorella became the 24th coach in NHL history to pick up at least 500 wins when Columbus beat Vancouver 4-3 in overtime.

Tortorella matches Toe Blake with 500 wins and needs just one more to match Pat Burns. Of active coaches in the proverbial club, Claude Julien (528) and Dave Tippett (534) lie ahead. Check out the link below for the NHL's all-time coach list sorted by wins top-down.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:59:00 PM

John Tortorella is just one win shy of 500.

Tortorella will have an opportunity to claim that victory on Sunday against Vancouver. The Canucks employed him for just one season before firing him, so it would certainly add an extra element to the story if he reached his milestone against them. That said, Tortorella doesn't care for milestones and when asked about the prospect of reaching 500 wins, he said, it just "means I've been in the league a long time."
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:43:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been a strong team in the third period of games.

The Blue Jackets have a 3-4-3 record when trailing after 40 minutes, which might not sound great, but that ties them for the third best winning percentage in that scenario. To give you some further context, the best record when trailing after 40 minutes is Pittsburgh's 6-6-1 showing. In games where Columbus is winning after 40 minutes, they've gone on to post a 11-0-2 record. The Blue Jackets' third period strength has helped them post an 18-5-4 record so far this season. They're on a seven-game winning streak ahead of Friday's contest against Calgary.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Monday's 4-1 win over Arizona was Columbus' 500th victory as a franchise.

The Blue Jackets have a 500-570-33-117 record throughout their existence. Columbus has had a rough time getting its franchise going as it has only made the playoffs twice and has never won a postseason series. So far though, this is looking like it might be the franchise's first really big season. We still have plenty of more hockey to play, but Columbus has been strong thus far with a 15-5-4 record.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:25:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

The Blue Jackets occupy a spot as a wild card but that is because they have played the least amount of games in the NHL at 16. They host the Colorado Avalanche Monday as they try to extend their outstanding play.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 07:29:00 AM

With the Blue Jackets in the throes of a 1-16 slump with the man-advantage, coach John Tortorella switched things up at practice Saturday.

Even with the slump, the Blue Jackets still have the best power play in the NHL as they have scored 12 times in 41 chances. That goes to show you how well the team started the season. "Teams have adjusted to us on our power play," Tortorella said. "There are no secrets as how teams are scoring goals in certain situations. They are taking away some things on how we score goals. We have to use some other options." The Jackets employ a 1-3-1 power play and it remains to be seen if they will vary from that on Sunday against the Capitals.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 06:43:00 AM

So far the Blue Jackets' offensive depth have been one of their key advantages.

Columbus ranks second in the league with 3.36 goals for per game and the squad is there thanks to a lot of different contributors. Through 14 games they have seven players with at least nine points and seven with at least four goals. They also haven't been leaning on any one line as much as most teams as Nick Foligno is leading the Blue Jackets forwards with 17:28 minutes per game, which means he's getting less ice time than any other club's most used forward with the sole exception of Toronto. "(Center Alexander Wennberg’s) line is probably the most skilled line, but I’m not sure if we have a No. 1 line," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "I think we blend as a team and it’s given me the opportunity to play four lines more than I’ve ever played in my career I think."
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 06:34:00 AM

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is trying to give Columbus more days off from practice this season.

"Wherever I can get them rest, I'll get them rest," Tortorella said. "I want all of their energy there in the games. You can practice your team right into oblivion, where it doesn't help them win a hockey game, and I'm not going to do that. I always approach it this way. Everybody thinks I'm this lunatic that just grinds his players down ... I look for whenever we get a break." Tortorella went on to note though that this philosophy is contingent on the players responding well in games. In 2015-16 when he inherited a team off to a 0-7-0 start, Tortorella ran frequent practices. So far he believes the 2016-17 squad is "understanding how hard you have to play" though.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 10:15:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given up only one power play goal in 16 attempts.

The only time the Blue Jackets have allowed a goal was an empty netter so they really have been sensational at the man-disadvantage. Coach John Tortorella's goal is to be in the top-ten of both specialty departments and the Blue Jackets are well on their way as far as the penalty kill goes.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 08:19:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Brandon Dubinsky
2Alexander Wennberg
3William Karlsson
4Lukas Sedlak
LW1Boone Jenner
2Brandon Saad
3Scott Hartnell
4Matt Calvert
5Markus Hannikainen
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Nick Foligno
3Sam Gagner
4Josh Anderson
5David Clarkson
D1Seth Jones
2Ryan Murray
3Jack Johnson
4Zach Werenski
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
7Scott Harrington
8Markus Nutivaara
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Joonas Korpisalo