Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Kevin Connauton scored a goal and two assists on Saturday versus the Bruins.
Insight: It was a rare offensive explosion for Connauton, who assisted both of Scott Hartnell's goals and then scored himself. Connauton still doesn't provide much fantasy wise as he has just four goals and five assists in 22 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell scored two goals in his first game back into the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Hartnell has missed the last five games with a broken finger. He opened up the scoring versus the Bruins on Saturday with a goal close to the eight minute mark and then scored again inside the first minute of the second period. Hartnell's second period goal was the first of four in the period. He has eight goals and 11 assists in 29 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was not at the morning shootaround and can not be counted on to play Saturday night.
Insight: Bobrovsky is apparently ill, though we have no official word. He's 13-9-2 with a 2.69 GAA and .919 save percentage. Curtis McElhinney (1-6-1, 3.49 GAA, .895 save percentage) is expected to get the start in goal for Columbus on Saturday, but has minimal fantasy value.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky won his seventh straight start on Tuesday.
Insight: The winning streak continues as Bobrovsky recorded his first shutout of the season. Over the last seven games, Bobrovsky has allowed three goals just twice and fewer than two goals three times. For the fantasy owners that waited patiently for Bobrovsky to return, here is your reward.
Description: Blue Jackets winger Boone Jenner didn't take a shot in the shootout at the end of the game, but had the most important penalty shot of Saturday's game versus the Penguins.
Insight: Jenner earned a penalty shot attempt with the Blue Jackets trailing, 2-1, inside of eight minutes left in regulation. He beat Thomas Greiss to tie the game. Jenner also had an assist on the first goal of the game on the power play.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky won his sixth straight start on Saturday.
Insight: It took a shootout, but Columbus picked up a much-needed two points as they try to get back into the playoff race. Bobrovsky made 33 saves, allowing three goals and the game-tying score with 10 seconds left in regulation. The goalie then stopped two-of-three shootout attempts from the Penguins.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky continues to be a huge fantasy disappointment this season.
Insight: Bobrovsky has been injured part of the season, so that wasn't really his fault, but now he is back and playing horribly. He allowed five goals on 30 shots Friday versus the Canucks. Bobrovsky has faced at least 30 shots in every game since his return from his broken hand on Nov. 15, and he has allowed at least three goals in each of the last five games. All those games are losses.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals but still posted a .927 save percentage on Friday.
Insight: That's because he faced 41 shots against the Bruins. He did allow a soft goal at the beginning of the third period when Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg took a shot from just in front of the center line that Bobrovsky did not stop. He allowed the next two goals too, but his team bailed him out with a tying goal, which sent the game to overtime. Bobrovsky was phenomenal in the shootout, stopping the first six shooters, but he allowed the seventh attempt to sneak into the net, and his team failed on all seven of their shootout attempts. Therefore, he didn't get the win.
Description: Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored a goal against the Sharks on Saturday.
Insight: Atkinson scored on the power play in the final three minutes of the second period to extend the Blue Jackets lead to 2-0 over the Sharks. Columbus won, 2-1. Atkinson has seven goals and three assists this season.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was stellar in his first game back from his finger injury.
Insight: Bobrovsky allowed one mere goal on 37 shots against the Sharks on Saturday. It was his first start since Oct. 26 when he fractured his finger. Bobrovsky's return is exactly what fantasy owners and the Columbus Blue Jackets need.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been activated for Friday night's contest against Philadelphia.
Insight: Bobrovsky (broken finger) will likley serve as backup Friday and start Saturday night's game. He's 4-4 with a 2.81 GAA and .908 SV%. Bobrovsky missed seven games and the Blue Jackets went 0-6-1 in his absence.
Description: Blue Jackets winger Boone Jenner is set to return to the ice at some point this week according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Jenner broke his hand in training camp when a puck hit him in practice. He had surgery and was ruled out five weeks, which is up this week. With all the injuries the Blue Jackets have suffered, Columbus need him back as soon as possible.
Description: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards did not update goalie Sergei Bobrovsky's status on Sunday.
Insight: That has led the Columbus Dispatch to guess that Bobrovsky will not be ready to play this week. The goalie fractured his finger a week ago and was ruled out for one-to-two weeks. It appears closer to two.
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 33 shots on Friday against the Ducks.
Insight: Bobrovsky fell victim to some bad luck. He allowed two early power-play goals to the most lethal man advantage unit in the NHL a season ago, and Columbus produced just 17 shots on net themselves. Bobrovsky is 4-3 with a 2.47 GAA and .920 save percentage.
Description: Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno scored a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Senators.
Insight: Foligno also had four shots on net and was plus-one. Despite erasing a 2-0 deficit, the Blue Jackets could not complete the comeback as Senators left winger Mike Hoffman scored in the third period, and Ottawa won, 3-2.
Description: Doctors have cleared Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray for 'controlled contact' at practice.
Insight: Murray now needs to be cleared for full contact before returning to game action. Murray is definitely worth taking in dynasty pools but in single-season fantasy leagues, he has much less value. There is no definite timetable for his return.
Description: Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson scored a goal on three shots in over 15 minutes of ice time against the Sabres on Thursday.
Insight: Atkinson scored his goal on the power play at the 12:45 mark of the third period to put the Blue Jackets ahead, 2-1. He spent over three and a half minutes on the power play Thursday. Columbus tacked on another goal and won, 3-1.
Description: Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is doubtful for Thursday's game against Buffalo due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Dubinsky will likely be a second-line regular, but he excelled in that role last season with 16 goals and 34 assists. We expect him to do all the little things to put up solid numbers: 18 goals and 35 assists are our projections, no matter where he is in the lineup.
Description: Columbus winger Boone Jenner will miss up to five weeks after surgery on a broken hand.
Insight: The Blue Jackets will be short-handed up front with Nathan Horton also sidelined. Playing winger in his rookie year, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games, but this will put a damper on his sophomore season.
Description: Flyers left wing R.J. Umberger posted four straight 20-goal seasons from 2008-2012.
Insight: Umberger did all that with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This year, Umberger will have the challenge of holding off the up-and-coming players on the Flyers roster. Umberger has experience and is a player both the Flyers and fantasy owners can comfortably fall back on, but his ceiling is pretty low. He scored just 34 points last year in 74 games.
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray skated in full-gear on Thursday, but did say he doesn't want to rush back from his knee injury according to Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Murray had a knee scope in June and still isn't ready to return to the Blue Jackets' line up.The Blue Jackets are counting on the 20-year-old to be a key component to the defense this season. He scored four goals with 17 assists last year.
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that he has been dealing with all summer according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Not a good sign for Horton, who played in only 36 games last season, the fewest in his 10-year career. He also had a career-low five goals and 19 points in 2013-2014. He will likely miss all of training camp and could miss the start of the regular season.
Description: Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno could be a quality fantasy bench player this year.
Insight: Foligno has the talent to be a good fantasy contributor, but he has to be in the right situation. Foligno might not begin the season on a scoring line due to the additon of Scott Hartnell and other young developing players for the Blue Jackets. If Columbus suffers a couple injuries or the Ryan Johansen holdout becomes a bigger issue, Foligno is more than capable of getting more ice time and producing.
Description: Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has tremendous potential this season if he plays alongside new teammate Scott Hartnell.
Insight: Atkinson scored 21 goals last year, but the team has gone on record that the forward's potential is closer to 30 goals per season. Atkinson has struggled with his lack of size, which is why playing with the big bruiser, Hartnell, will help Atkinson so much. No one knows yet if indeed Atkinson and Hartnell will be paired together but better to be proactive in the draft than reactive later on during the season.
Description: Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky could be a great fantasy find late in drafts this year.
Insight: Columbus traded for Scott Hartnell, so Dubinsky will likely be a second-line regular, but he excelled in that role last season with 16 goals and 34 assists. We expect him to do all the little things to put up solid numbers: 18 goals and 35 assists are our projections, no matter where he is in the lineup.
Description: Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell will score more goals and points in the 2014-2015 season than he did last year.
Insight: Our projections have Hartnell scoring 24 goals and 34 assists in his first year in Columbus. Hartnell should continue to provide across-the-board contribution to all stats, in particular, to the power play. Even still, do not draft him too early because it might take awhile for Hartnell to gain a rapport with Ryan Johansen, especially if Johansen is not in training camp.
Description: Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen lowered his contract demands by more than $2 million per season according to Sportsnea.ca.
Insight: The latest report says Johansen is asking for two years, $4.7 million per year. The Blue Jackets would still like their center's demands to lower even more before they begin serious negiotiations. We think Johansen will easily repeat his 2013-2014 numbers, 33 goals, 30 assists, and 237 shots, if a contract is agreed upon before the season, but we are still concerned that woun't happen.
Description: Boone Jenner played center in his first preseason game.
Insight: With Ryan Johansen still unsigned, the Blue Jackets are giving Jenner an opportunity to play his natural position of center. Playing winger in his rookie year, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games. At just 21-yeard-old, the sky is the limit, and he should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of training camp due to a knee injury according to NHL.com.
Insight: Murray planned to practice in the afternoon on Friday but never made it onto the ice. General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray's absence was just part of his rehab schedule. Murray should be a key player to the Blue Jackets defense this season.
Description: The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday.
Insight: The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick. Hartnell had 52 points (20 goals) in 78 games this past season. The 32-year-old has five years remaining on a six-year, $28.5 million contract and had to waive his no-trade clause. "(Flyers GM Ron Hextall) decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers," Hartnell said. "To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard." Hartnell will lose fantasy value going from Philly to Columbus.
Description: Brandon Dubinsky led the Blue Jackets with two assists Monday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: He's had at least one helper in each of his last four games. Dubinsky was second on the team in assists during the regular season (34 in 76 games). Columbus will look to even the series Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.
Description: Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno expects to compete Monday in Game 3 against the Penguins. SOURCE: Aaron Portzline, Columbus Dispatch
Insight: Foligno has been medically cleared to return after sitting out the last two and a half weeks with a knee injury. He had one assist and -3 rating versus Pittsburgh during the regular season (five games).
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton underwent abdominal surgery and will miss the next six weeks, according to prohockeytalk.com.
Insight: The 28-year-old will finish with five goals and 14 assists in 36 games this season. He missed the first 40 games while recovering from shoulder surgery and will sit out for the Blue Jackets' playoff run.
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Dallas. SOURCE: Columbus Dispatch
Insight: Horton aggravated a lower body injury in Tuesday night's win over Phoenix. Wednesday's matchup is a continuation of a game that was postponed when Stars center Rich Peverely had a cardiac event. Horton scored in that contest, so he could be the game's high scorer even without playing on Wednesday.
Description: Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray returned from a knee injury Friday against Chicago.
Insight: Murray suffered a knee injury on March 3 when he got tangled up with Phil Kessel in the right corner. The 2012 No. 2 overall pick has produced three goals, 17 assists, 10 PIM, 53 SOG and a +4 rating in 61 games this season. He's been more valuable to the Blue Jackets than fantasy owners.
Description: Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray (lower body) could be back Friday or Sunday, according to bluejackets.nhl.com.
Insight: Murray suffered a knee injury on March 3 when he got tangled up with Phil Kessel in the right corner. The 2012 No. 2 overall pick has produced three goals, 17 assists, 10 PIM, 53 SOG and a +3 rating in 61 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky left Tuesday's game after the first period and is questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh
Insight: Bobrovsky had been dealing with the flu and tried to play through it Tuesday with Columbus clinging to life in the playoff race. he apparently felt much better on Wednesday and should be ready for Friday's contest. He's 27-19-4 with a 2.47 GAA and .919 SV%.
Description: Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski has a career-high 43 points in 65 games this season.
Insight: Wisniewski had three assists Tuesday against the Red Wings and has blown away his previous career high of 30 points. In addition to 37 assists, the defenseman has six goals, 51 PIM and 149 SOG.
Description: Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, according to Rob Mixer of bluejackets.nhl.com.
Insight: Anisimov missed Thursday's game due to a birth of his daughter. He has a career-high 19 goals this season, including six in his last seven games, though with just 14 assists he has 33 points in 64 games.
Description: Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov will return to the lineup Saturday, according to Rob Mixer of bluejackets.nhl.com.
Insight: Anisimov missed Thursday's game due to a birth of his daughter. He has a career-high 19 goals this season, including six in his last seven games, though with just 14 assists he has 33 points in 64 games.
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (ankle) will rejoin the lineup Satuday, according to bluejackets.nhl.com.
Insight: Tyutin sprained his ankle during the Olympics. The Russian blueliner has four goals, 24 points and 66 SOG in 53 games this season so fantasy owners haven't had a problem replacing him, but he's an important piece for the Blue Jackets.
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (ankle) is feeling "much better" and may be back Saturday, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: Tyutin sprained his ankle during the Olympics. The Russian blueliner has four goals, 24 points and 66 SOG in 53 games this season so fantasy owners haven't had a problem replacing him, but he's an important piece for the Blue Jackets. He'll sit out two more games, on Tuesday and Thursday.
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin has been upgraded to questionable after taking part in practice on Sunday. for Saturday's game against Nashville after taking a blow to the head on Thursday.
Insight: Nikitin took a blow to the head and sat out the last three games. He has two goals and 13 assists in 56 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin is doubtful for Saturday's game against Nashville after taking a blow to the head on Thursday.
Insight: We await word if he's officially got a concussion. Nikitin has two goals and 13 assists in 56 games this season. He had 32 points with 103 SOG in 61 games in 2011, but his pace slowed last season. At least he has a solid +7 rating.
Description: The Oilers have traded defenseman Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Insight: Fedor Tyutin suffered an ankle injury during the Olympics and is out 2-3 weeks and rookie Ryan Murray left Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, so the Blue Jackets needed depth. Schultz has zero goals and just four assists in 60 games this season.
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik's return from a collarbone fracture yielded a goal Thursday against the Devils.
Insight: Gaborik (6 G, 7 A) suffered a knee injury on Nov. 14 and then the broken collarbone in his first game back on Dec. 21. He had to miss the Winter Olympics and has played just 19 games all season.
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Thursday's game against New Jersey.
Insight: Gaborik (five goals, seven assists in 18 games) was chosen to represent Slovakia at the Winter Games but missed the games due to a broken collarbone. He is expected to play on the fourth line along with the power play.
Description: Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin suffered an ankle injury during the Winter Olympics and will miss 2-3 weeks, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: The team didn't specify whether Tyutin's injury is a high ankle sprain. The Russian blueliner has four goals, 24 points and 66 SOG in 53 games this season so fantasy owners won't have a problem replacing him, but he's an important piece for the Blue Jackets.
Description: Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik won't make the trip to Sochi for the Winter Olympics. SOURCE: BlueJackets.com
Insight: Gaborik (five goals, seven assists in 18 games) was chosen to represent Slovakia at the Winter Games but his broken collarbone still hasn't healed yet. He hasn't appeared in a game since December 21st.
Description: Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski (lower body) was able to play through his injury Monday but he will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Kings, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: He suffered an injury while blocking a shot Saturday. "The question will be how it responds to him playing," coach Todd Richards said. "Just like Monday, it's going to be a game-time decision on Thursday." Wisniewski already has a career-high 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 49 games this season and produced 18 points with the man advantage.
Description: Columbus defenseman James Wisniewski (lower body) is taking part in warmups Monday and appears ready to play, according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.
Insight: He suffered an injury while blocking a shot in the Blue Jackets' last game. Wisniewski already has a career-high 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 48 games this season and produced 17 points with the man advantage.
Description: Columbus winger Blake Comeau (sprained left knee) missed Thursday's game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida.
Insight: Comeau limped off the ice in the second period Tuesday and skated just once more in the final period. He had missed nine games due to the injury. Comeau has accounted for just three goals and 11 points in 44 games and isn't much of a fantasy value.
Description: Columbus winger Blake Comeau comeback from a sprained left knee lasted one game and he will miss Thursday's game against Washington.
Insight: Comeau limped off the ice in the second period and skated just once more in the final period. He had missed nine games due to the injury. Comeau has accounted for just three goals and 11 points in 44 games and isn't much of a fantasy value.
Description: Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen scored a goal for the second straight game Friday against the Capitals and added an assist.
Insight: Johansen has had at least one point in three straight games after going four games without one to start the month. He has 18 goals, 35 points and 127 SOG, all of which are career highs, in 47 games this season.
Description: Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky returned to the net after missing more than a month with a strained groin and beat the Rangers in a shootout Monday night.
Insight: Bobrovsky suffered the injury on Dec. 3 and hadn't played since. He saw 43 shots and saved 40 of them in 65 minutes Monday. The 2012-13 Vezina Trophy winner hasn't been very good this season but he's shown he's capable of putting together a long run of success.
Description: Nathan Horton (shoulder) will make his Blue Jackets debut Thursday against the Coyotes, according to Jeff Rimer of foxsportsohio.com.
Insight: Columbus signed Horton to a seven-year deal in July but he had to undergo surgery on his shoulder. He had 13 goals and 22 points in 43 regular season games with Boston last season and came up with 19 points (seven goals) in 22 postseason games. The 28-year-old had 45-62 points in every season from 2005-06 to 2010-11 and also has 1,354 SOG and 543 PIM in 591 career games, so he has good fantasy value.
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