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Seth Jones averaged 30:37 in Columbus' first-round series against the Washington Capitals.

No player has averaged a higher amount of ice time in the first round in 2018. Of course, the fact that four of the Blue Jackets' six games went to overtime helped inflate Jones' ice time. He had one goal, four assists and a minus-3 rating during the series. Unfortunately for Jones and his team, they couldn't top the Capitals, so they'll be heading home early. He had a remarkable season overall.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 6:54 PM

It's likely that Jack Johnson's tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets has ended with a whimper.

Columbus, which was eliminated from the playoffs on Monday, didn't use Johnson at all in the first round series. He did appear in 77 regular season games, but his role had declined somewhat and it had appeared for a while that he was falling out of favor. He even requested a trade earlier in the season in the hopes that he would end up with a team that would use him more, but that didn't happen. Now he'll likely test the free agent market instead as we don't expect Columbus to offer him a significant contract after declining to even use him in the postseason.
Apr 24 - 4:57 AM

Ian Cole is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Now that Columbus has been eliminated from the playoffs, Cole's completed his three-year, $6.3 million contract. Cole spent most of the 2017-18 campaign with Pittsburgh, but he was dealt to Ottawa in the Derick Brassard trade and didn't even play a single game with the Senators before he was flipped to Columbus. Although he's typically not a big offensive force, he made some noteworthy contributions with the Blue Jackets as he had seven points in 20 regular season games and three points in six playoff contests. It will be interesting to see if the Blue Jackets attempt to retain his services after that.
Apr 24 - 4:53 AM

Matt Calvert registered an assist in the Blue Jackets' 6-3 loss to Washington in Game 6 Monday night.

Although the Blue Jackets couldn't advance past the first round, Calvert did look good in the series. He had three goals and four points in six playoff games. That's after finishing the regular season with nine goals and 24 points in 69 contests.
Apr 24 - 4:48 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are naturally taking blowing their 2-0 series lead pretty hard.

Columbus appeared to be set to win the first series of its franchise's history, but instead the Washington Capitals won four straight contests to dismiss the Blue Jackets. "This is a kick in the teeth," said captain Nick Foligno. "No one feels good in here. We had a 2-0 (series) lead and didn’t win. That doesn’t happen." This was the Blue Jackets' fourth playoff series and the second in as many years. There's a lot of promise on this team and although they came up short this time around, they should be competitive again in 2018-19.
Apr 24 - 4:47 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets can re-sign Artemi Panarin as early as July 1st.

Panarin still has a season left on his contract, but all things being equal, the Blue Jackets would probably love to lock him up sooner rather than later. Panarin excelled in his first season with Columbus by scoring 27 goals and 82 points in 81 games and he performed similarly in his previous two seasons with Chicago. He's expected to command top dollar, but it does seem that he would be interested in working something out with the Blue Jackets. "I’m very happy that I’m here," he said through a translator. "Very good team. Nice people. The organization is amazing."
Apr 24 - 4:42 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs after Monday's 6-3 Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

It's a tough pill to swallow for the Blue Jackets who headed back to Columbus after the opening two games of the series with a 2-0 lead only to lose four straight to the Capitals. Tonight was a particularly rough night for forward Cam Atkinson as he finished with no points, a minus-4 rating and seven shots on goal. The Blue Jackets will see their career playoff series record drop to 0-4.
Apr 23 - 10:47 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed five goals on 27 shots in Monday's 6-3 Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Bobrovsky has dominated during the regular-season over the last two years but his game continues to fall apart when it counts the most, as he has now allowed three or more goals in 12 straight playoff contests. The Blue Jackets will now finish another post-season having never won a round in the post-season. The Russian netminder will see his career playoff record drop to 5-14 with a 3.49 goals-against-average and a .891 save percentage.
Apr 23 - 10:42 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois found the back of the net in Monday's 6-3 Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Dubois was sitting in the high slot area when he received a pass from Matt Calvert and blasted a one-timer in behind Braden Holtby to get the Blue Jackets to within one goal 2:25 into the final period. Unfortunately for Columbus, the Capitals responded with a goal 90 seconds later and another one 90 seconds after that to pull away. Dubois will finish his first career post-season with two goals and four points in six games.
Apr 23 - 10:35 PM

Nick Foligno scored a couple of goals in Monday's 6-3 Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Foligno got the Blue Jackets on the board midway through the second period with a wrister to beat Braden Holtby. Columbus' captain then followed that up with another midway through the final frame to give the Blue Jackets some hope but they were never able to find the back of the net again. It's a tough series loss for Columbus who jumped out to a 2-0 series lead only to lose four straight to Braden Holtby and the Capitals. The Blue Jackets will finish another post-season without winning a playoff round.
Apr 23 - 10:32 PM

Matt Calvert will skate on the second line during Game 6 against Washington on Monday.

Calvert will play with Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson. The 28-year-old has played well during the postseason, so it's not surprising to see him get a promotion. He has three goals in five games during the playoffs.
Apr 23 - 7:22 PM

Jack Johnson will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

The 31-year-old has been a healthy scratch in every game during this series. He skated with the regulars on Sunday, so some expected him to play tonight, but that's not the case. He had three goals and 11 points in 77 games this season. Scott Harrington, Taylor Chorney, Alex Brodhurst, Markus Hannikainen, Dean Kukan, Jeff Zatkoff and Sonny Milano will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 23 - 7:15 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky is the expected starter for Game 6 on Monday night against Washington.

Coach John Tortorella said Sunday that there would be no lineup changes and he reiterated that point on Monday. Bobrovsky has dropped three games in a row to the Capitals in the postseason. He has a 2.85 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in the series.
Apr 23 - 5:10 PM

Jack Johnson skated with the regulars on Sunday instead of the group of reserves.

Johnson has yet to get into a playoff game this season and it looks like it might be more of the same Monday as coach John Tortorella said there would be no changes to his lineup. Johnson requested a trade out of Columbus weeks ago and it seems like he will get his wish in the off-season.
Apr 23 - 7:33 AM

Artemi Panarin skated on Sunday after he was spotted being checked out by the medical staff on the bench Saturday.

Panarin had his left knee looked at on the bench Saturday and seemed to be skating at less than 100 percent the remainder of the game but apparently he is okay as coach John Tortorella said that the lineup for Game 6 Monday will be the same. The Blue Jackets need Panarin to start scoring if they want to beat the Capitals as Washington has done a good job of shutting down Columbus' first line.
Apr 23 - 7:29 AM


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