I-71 Report: The Start of the Second Half
Following the All-Star break, the Cleveland Monsters NHL Affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, continue their push towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Blue Jackets Report
Following a successful NHL All-Star Weekend that ended in victory for Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones, Sergei Bobrovsky, and the rest of the Metropolitan Division, the Columbus Blue Jackets have begun their push to finish the second half of the season strong. At 34-13-5, Columbus currently sits in second place in the Metro Division with 73 points. “This is a great spot to be in, but they have to accept the responsibility that comes with it…I just want us to keep climbing at this point in the season,” Head Coach John Tortorella said.
All-Stars Atkinson and Bobrovsky continue to rank among the league’s statistical leaders. Bobrovsky leads all NHL net-minders with 29 wins, is third in the league with a .925 SV%, and ranks fourth with a 2.18 GAA. Atkinson, with 26 goals so far this season, is currently tied with Alex Ovechkin for third in that offensive category.
The Jackets are now headed into a seven game home stretch at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets most recent victory came on February 7th at Detroit, the team’s final game at Joe Louis Arena, rookie Zach Werenski grew up just 13 miles from the rink and wrote a thank you letter to the historic barn. Read Zach’s letter HERE.
According to BlueJackets.com, the team is still keeping an eye on Anton Forsberg’s play with the Monsters and will possibly look to give him another chance at the NHL level before the March 1st trade deadline.
2017-02-08 Oliver Bjorkstrand (RW) Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-04 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Returned on loan by Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-04 Markus Hannikainen (LW) Recalled from loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-02-01 Dean Kukan (D) Returned on loan from Columbus (NHL)
2017-01-30 Dean Kukan (D) Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL)