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Todd Richards | Center

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/20/1966
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190

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The Columbus Blue Jackets clawed their way to .500 with a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Wednesday.
That's pretty remarkable given all the injuries the Blue Jackets have suffered this season and the fact that they fell to 6-15-2. Threw the month of December, Columbus only suffered one regulation loss, giving them a 16-16-3 record. "We talked about it a while ago, about getting back to .500. It's a credit to the guys. It's a good accomplishment, considering where we were at. But we can't be satisfied with it," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards. Jan 1 - 8:53 AM

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Remarkably, the Columbus Blue Jackets might enter the Christmas break at .500.

Columbus was 6-15-2 at the end of November, but the Blue Jackets have gone on a 8-0-1 tear since then. They'll play against Nashville on Monday in their final game before the break. "Consider where we were ... " Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, reflecting on the fact that a .500 record is now within Columbus' grasp. "You've got to get there eventually. It would be nice for it to happen (on Monday), but I'm more worried about the process. We have to play better. We have to play a lot better than we did on Saturday." Even after the Blue Jackets' incredible run, the team remains seven points behind in the playoff race, which emphasizes both how big of a hole they were in and how they can't afford to let up even after going on a nine-game point streak.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:14:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have played in six consecutive games beyond regulation.

The Blue Jackets were at the bottom of the standings recently but going 5-0-1 in six straight overtime or shootout games has vaulted them into 23rd place and they are closing in on getting back into the playoff race. The Jackets beat the Blackhawks for the first time in 14 games and it was their first win over Chicago in over 46 months.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 07:18:00 AM

With a win on Thursday against Washington, Columbus would match its franchise-high winning streak.

The Blue Jackets have won their last seven games to undo much of the damage from their poor start to the season. Of course, they still have some digging to do to get out of their current hole as their 13-15-2 record still puts them six points shy of a playoff spot. There's plenty of time left to close that gap though and while Columbus might not end up beating Washington, the Blue Jackets are certainly worthy of people's attention.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 08:57:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a six-game winning streak after defeating Pittsburgh on Saturday.

It's quite a turnaround for the Jackets, as they only managed six wins in their first 23 games this season. It was also the first time since 2009 that Columbus collected a victory against Pittsburgh on home ice. The Blue Jackets are getting healthier, and it has made them a much more competitive team. They have defeated Florida (twice), Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, Washington and now Pittsburgh during the streak.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 11:53:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a three-game winning streak.

It's the first time this season that the Jackets have strung together three straight wins. Columbus has defeated the Florida Panthers twice, and the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning once during the streak. After having some success last season, the Blue Jackets have been surprisingly terrible in 2014-15. They are 9-15-2 and sit seventh in the Metropolitan division.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen insists that his team hasn't given up on the playoffs.

With a 7-15-2 record, Columbus is in last place in the Eastern Conference. The situation isn't completely hopeless for the Blue Jackets, but they've been hit hard by injuries and their luck in that regard doesn't seem to be getting any better. It would at the least be remarkable if Columbus managed to overcome their bad start and still make the playoffs.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 09:53:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets were a franchise-worst 2-9-2 in November.

Columbus has dropped to 6-15-2, which is the worst record in the NHL. "It leaves you scratching your head ... trying to find solutions," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said, to what happened to this group that the play has tailed off so badly. "Why? Where? When? All of those questions. You back-track, you go over everything. Was it a moment, a succession of games? Was it weeks? Was it a period? You try to find those answers." The Blue Jackets can legitimately hide behind the injuries that they've suffered given that they've had more than their fair share. At the same time, this is a team that was built around the premise that Sergei Bobrovsky is an elite goaltender and so far that hasn't been the case in 2014-15.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 08:39:00 AM

With a quarter of its season in the books, Columbus is a horrid 6-12-2.

The Blue Jackets were hoping to build off of their postseason-clinching 2013-14 campaign, but instead they seem more likely to compete for the top spot in the draft. Injuries have decimated Columbus, but goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky's okay, but not great play is also part of the problem. Columbus is built around the idea that Bobrovsky can play a key role for them and so far this season, that hasn't been the case.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 08:33:00 AM

Coach Todd Richards was not happy with the performance of his top-six forwards after a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia Saturday.

The loss dropped the Blue Jackets record to 2-10-2 in their last 14 as Richards lashed out at the effort of some of his players. "We didn’t have enough guys who were engaged into the game," Richards said. "Wennberg and (Matt) Calvert and (Jack) Skille might have been our best line. Boller and Cracks, they were fine.Our guys who are supposed to be our top players weren’t our top players." That does not say a lot for Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov, Cam Atkinson or Scott Hartnell who should be the Jackets top players every night.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:08:00 AM

With eight straight losses, Columbus is just one shy of its franchise record.

The Blue Jackets entered the season with such promise, but they've been decimated by injuries. They're now 4-9-1, which gives than less points than every team but the Buffalo Sabres. "We're not in a position to lose any more games if we're going to make a season out of it," Nick Foligno said. "We have to play to save our season right now." Columbus will play against Washington on Sunday.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 09:57:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are believed to be in the market for a top-six forward.

Nathan Horton (back) isn't expected to return anytime soon, if he returns at all. In light of that situation, the Blue Jackets have begun to explore the trade market. We wouldn't expect anything to materialize this early into the season though.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 09:59:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a shot at starting the season with a 3-0 record for the first time in their franchise's history.

They will play against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. It's obviously still very early, but it's impressive that the Blue Jackets have done as well as they have given that Brandon Dubinsky, Brian Gibbons, Boone Jenner, Sonny Milano, Nathan Horton, and Ryan Murray are all hurt.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 09:53:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets were 7-1-0 in the pre-season despite being out-shot 288-191 by the opposition.

It is reminiscent of the Toronto Maple Leafs last year as they were out-shot badly all season but were in the playoffs before a 2-14 streak to end the season did them in. "A little bit," coach Todd Richards said when asked if he was worried about the discrepancy. "We have to be better in areas. In the offensive zone, we aren't getting shots through. The other team is getting shot through. To me, that's ...either we aren't doing a good enough job in the offensive zone from our defensemen, or our forwards in our own zone aren't doing a good enough job in shooting lanes."
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 07:14:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets may not have a captain again this season.

This will be the third season in a row for the Blue Jackets as they have not had a captain since dealing Rick Nash to the Rangers in 2012 off-season. The last team to go more than two seasons without someone wearing the 'c' was the Tampa Bay Lightning from 1992-95.
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 08:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
5Brian Gibbons
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Matt Calvert
4Jack Skille
5Boone Jenner
6Jeremy Morin
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Nathan Horton
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Kevin Connauton
7Jordan Leopold
8Cody Goloubef
9Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney
3Anton Forsberg