Player News - Blue Jackets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nick Foligno (knee) won't play in Game 2 Saturday night.

Coach Todd Richards said that Foligno could possibly be back on Monday for Game 3 back in Columbus.
Apr 17 - 5:33 PM

Derek MacKenzie netted a goal in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.

MacKenzie was playing in his first career postseason contest at the age of 32. He had nine goals and 18 points in 71 games this season.
Apr 17 - 9:37 AM

Mark Letestu found the back of the net in Columbus' 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the first round.

It was Letestu's first goal in 12 career playoff games. He started his career with Pittsburgh, but was traded to Columbus in November 2011.
Apr 17 - 9:35 AM

Brandon Dubinsky tried to find the silver lining after Columbus blew a two-goal lead against Pittsburgh in Game 1.

"I liked the way our guys fought and played," Dubinsky said. "They made one more play than us. That's the way the playoffs go some times. We can't give them odd-man rushes. We gave them too many and they made us pay. But our guys know what to expect now, and they'll come ready to battle on Saturday." Columbus was a long shot to win this series going into the playoffs and they might have lost their best chance to get under the Penguins' skin by coughing up that lead. For his part, Dubinsky had an assist in the 4-3 loss.
Apr 17 - 9:31 AM

Jack Johnson scored a goal and added an assist for the Blue Jackets in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Johnson suffered through a subpar regular season that saw him get left off the U.S. Olympic Team, but he has an opportunity to erase his difficulties from memory with a strong playoff. Mark Letestu and Derek MacKenzie also found the back of the net for Columbus in the losing effort.
Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was unable to hold off the flying Penguins in a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

In the series opener between the Jackets and Pens, Bobrovsky was staked to a 3-1 lead early in the second period, but the advantage wouldn't last. All told, the Columbus netminder allowed four goals on 32 shots in the defeat, but he'll certainly be between the pipes again for Game 2 Saturday.
Apr 16 - 10:51 PM

R.J. Umberger (upper body) is a possibility for Game 2 on Saturday.

Umberger won't be on the ice when the Blue Jackets' series against Pittsburgh starts on Wednesday. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games this season.
Apr 16 - 9:31 AM

Nick Foligno (knee) might be able to play in Game 2 of the first round.

Foligno was already ruled out for the Blue Jackets' playoff opener on Wednesday. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 16 - 9:29 AM

Jeremy Smith has been summoned by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Smith will practice with the team, but he's not expected to appear in any playoff contests. He has a 2.78 GAA and .898 save percentage in 38 AHL games this season.
Apr 16 - 9:26 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets think R.J. Umberger (upper body) will return before the end of the first round.

Umberger won't participate in Game 1 though. He had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 contests this season.
Apr 15 - 10:05 AM

Nick Foligno's lower-body injury is related to his knee.

Foligno won't participate in Game 1 of the Blue Jackets' first round series. However, he should be able to return before the round is over. He had 39 points and 96 penalty minutes in 70 games this season.
Apr 15 - 10:03 AM

Ryan Johansen was chosen as the NHL's third star of the week for the final week of the regular season.

He notched two goals and six points in four games. Both of his markers, his 32nd and 33rd of the season, were game winners. Johansen earned the 16th muli-point performance of the 2013-14 campaign in Saturday's win over Florida. He racked up 63 points in 82 contests.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 14 - 2:24 PM

Mark Letestu is looking forward to playing against his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

While the Blue Jackets were likely hoping to meet the Rangers in the opening round, Letestu is happy it's the Penguins and hopes the team will play them like the Philadelphia Flyers do. "The Flyers are in their face and in their space all the time," Letestu said. "They frustrate them into bad penalties, then go score on the power play. It seems like that's the way to beat them. I don't think there's been any letup by us. I don't think anybody's been intimidated by their skill or the players they have. You see the way our guys go... the guys like Matty Calvert, they'll show you right away that there's no awe." The Penguins beat the Blue Jackets in all five games this season but the playoffs are a different beast and it should be close.
Apr 14 - 8:01 AM

Nick Schultz and Matt Frattin were healthy scratches on Saturday.

Just an FYI as both players have no fantasy value.
Apr 13 - 6:49 AM

R.J. Umberger is now out indefinitely with an upper body injury.

Umberger was projected to miss at least a couple of weeks when the injury occurred a week ago but his status has now changed as the playoffs are set to begin. He had been a healthy scratch of late and will end the season with 34 points, including eight power play goals.
Apr 13 - 6:48 AM


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