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The puck drops Friday night at 7 p.m. for the start of the NHL season for the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Fans may be wondering how this team will perform, since several of its top players departed after a successful season last year.

Blue Jackets Star Lineup Departs During Free Agent Signing

Jul 2, 2019
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72), of Russia, kicks away the puck during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Washington.
Nick Wass / AP

The much-anticipated breakup of the Columbus Blue Jackets' star-laden core came quickly.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky reaches for the puck on a save during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Boston.
Charles Krupa / AP

Boston's stars were going to be kept off the scoresheet in this playoff series for only so long.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene, top right, scores a goal against Boston Bruins' Tuukka Rask, of Finland, during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Nationwide Arena.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Sergei Bobrovsky kept up his impressive postseason play, making 35 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Fans wait to enter Nationwide Arena for a Blue Jackets scrimmage.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Fans crowded into Nationwide Arena on Monday to watch a Blue Jackets scrimmage. The rare free event was meant to keep fans and players engaged as they wait to learn the team's next playoff opponent.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The Columbus Blue Jackets are moving on.

For the first time in the franchise’s history, the Jackets won a playoff series, and they did so with a clean sweep of the best team from the regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nationwide Plaza ahead of game four of the NHL playoffs, when the Blue Jackets have the possibility of a sweep.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The plaza is mostly empty in front of Nationwide Arena early Tuesday afternoon, but arrangements are well under way for the fans that gathering to watch this evening's game from outside.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Matt Duchene celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Sergei Bobrovsky has the Columbus Blue Jackets on the brink of sweeping a playoff series that hardly anyone thought they could win.

Gordon Blimbaum poses in the Blues locker room.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

Friday nights are a busy time on the ice at the Cleveland Heights rec center. But after youth hockey practices and recreational ice skaters have packed up and left, the real competition begins with the Cleveland Heights 50-and-over hockey league.

In a recent episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, journalist Soledad O'Brien introduces viewers to 24-year-old Logan Davis.

Davis sports a classic hockey helmet haircut: his brown hair is long, reaching to his ears and sticking out to the side. Viewers first see Davis in his element: on the ice, tending a goalie net in his Ohio State Buckeye's college hockey uniform.

Women In Sports

Feb 4, 2019
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For almost every all-male sports team, there’s a female counterpart.

The more well-known women’s teams include USA’s Women’s Hockey team or soccer, but success on the field doesn’t come with the same money and recognition as male teams.

Today on All Sides, women in sports, the impact on and off the field.

Guests:

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
Kamil Krzaczynski / AP

A ticket tax proposed by Columbus City Council would mean more money for maintenance at Nationwide Arena. But Nationwide's highest-profile tenant is pushing back.

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After two straight postseason appearances, Columbus Blue Jacket fans enter a new season with a relatively-new feeling: A reasonable expectation to make the playoffs.

 Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson, left, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner chase the puck during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

“Yeah, it’s hard.”

That was the complete response by Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella when asked what it was like for the season to end the way it did.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, works against Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois during Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Nationwide Arena.
Paul Vernon / AP

Oh, how things can change in a few days.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who used back-to-back overtime wins to take a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Washington Capitals, now head back to Washington with the series tied. That’s after Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the Caps beat Columbus 4-1 Thursday night to even the series at two games apiece.

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