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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 are on the brink of being mathematically eliminated from contention for a playoff spot.
If Boston beats Florida on Tuesday or Columbus loses to New Jersey, that will officially eliminate the Blue Jackets. While this was a disappointing season for Columbus, the squad would have been eliminated significantly sooner if it wasn't enjoying a late season hot streak. Columbus has won six straight games and 10 of its last 12 contests. Mar 31 - 9:43 AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have set or tied a number of franchise records recently.

Columbus has established new franchise records in road wins (22), road points (46), and road winning streak (eight games). Their record for the most victories in March (10) was also matched on Saturday. Despite all that, Columbus still has no chance of making the playoffs, but the squad's recent surge does give them reason to be optimistic going into 2015-16.
Mar 30 - 9:11 AM

Goaltending coach Ian Clark tore a ligament in his elbow during Thursday's practice.

The Blue Jackets 2014-15 campaign was decimated by injuries and it's gotten to the point where even their coaches are getting hurt. Clark revealed that he will probably need Tommy John surgery as a result of the injury. That will impact his ability to work with a stick, but he added, "I can still point and I can still yell."
Mar 27 - 10:59 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have tied a franchise record by winning six straight road games.

Columbus has seven wins over its last nine games, including its contests at home. The Blue Jackets will host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday before they get the opportunity to break the record in Chicago on Friday. Whether or not they manage to best the Blackhawks, the Blue Jackets' play on the road will be noteworthy this season given their current 20-15-2 away from home compared with their 13-20-2 record at Nationwide Arena.
Mar 22 - 9:27 AM

Columbus hasn't won in Edmonton since Jan. 7, 2010.

That adds up to six straight defeats, all in regulation, for the Blue Jackets against the Oilers. That's obviously not great under any circumstances, but it's particularly disappointing when you consider how bad the Oilers teams have been over that span. Columbus will get a chance to end that drought Wednesday night.
Mar 18 - 9:17 AM

Columbus has been outscored 16-5 in first periods over their last nine games.

Unsurprisingly, the Blue Jackets have gone 1-7-1 in that span. Columbus has long since missed its shot at a playoff spot and it's hard to be too critical towards the Blue Jackets for that given their injury woes this season. At this point though, even a strong finish to the 2014-15 campaign is looking like a long shot. The only real positive is that they may end up with a decent draft position and an okay chance of winning the draft lottery. They currently rank 25th in the league with 58 points in 65 games.
Mar 9 - 9:24 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets were shut out for fifth time this season Saturday.

The bad news is that four of the shutouts have come at home where the Blue Jackets have won only 12 times, tied for 27th in the NHL. That's not a good way to keep the hometown fans happy.
Mar 8 - 7:50 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are leading the league with 406 man-games lost.

Most recently David Clarkson suffered a potentially season ending injury mere days after being acquired by the Blue Jackets. Keep Columbus' misfortune in the back of your mind because its unlikely that they'll be this unlucky again in 2015-16. The Blue Jackets might be a serious competitor for a playoff spot next season even if they don't make major upgrades over the summer.
Mar 5 - 9:33 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't interested in engaging in a full rebuild.

"We're not looking to start over and get it changed completely," Kekalainen said. "I believe we'll have a good chance at doing some real damage next year with this group." He might be right as Columbus' biggest problem this season has been bad luck when it comes to injuries. If the Blue Jackets stay relatively healthy in 2015-16, then this could go from being a squad near the bottom of the league's standings to one that challenges for a playoff spot.
Mar 3 - 11:06 AM

The Blue Jackets are happy with their roster, and unlike other disappointing teams, they don't feel the need to revamp it at the trade deadline.

The Blue Jackets were a trendy pick in the preseason to build on last season’s playoff berth, but they have been ravaged by injuries, leading the league with 346 man-games lost. Thus, they are just 25-27-3 this season. "Well, we haven’t seen our team healthy all year, that’s a fact," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "That would be nice if we could see it before the end of the year and see where we’re at, make that assessment. … I don’t think we’re in a situation where we need to blow things up or anything like that, not from a contractual point of view or any other point of view."
Feb 17 - 10:46 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Mark Letestu
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Matt Calvert
4Jack Skille
5Corey Tropp
6Boone Jenner
7Jeremy Morin
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
6Marko Dano
D1Jack Johnson
2Fedor Tyutin
3Ryan Murray
4David Savard
5Kevin Connauton
6Justin Falk
7Cody Goloubef
8Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney