The Blue Jackets have signed Jakob Lilja to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Lilja is an undrafted free agent who has been in the Swedish Elite League since the 2015-16 season. This past season he led Djurgardens IF with 37 points (12G / 25A) in 52 games.
The Blue Jackets have signed Veini Vehvilainen to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Vehvilainen was selected in the sixth-round (No.173 overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft and went 25-8-5 with a 1.58 GAA and .930 SV% in 38 games with Karpat of the Finnish Elite League. Vehvilainen was named the league’s top goaltender award, won the league championship and was a part of the World Championship Finnish team.
The Blue Jackets signed Elvis Merzlikins to a one-year, one-way contract.
Merzlikins, 25, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third-round back in 2014 but remained with Lugano in Switzerland, where he had a 2.44 GAA and .921 SV% in 43 games this season. Merzlikins represented Latvia at the World Championship, where he had a 2.78 GAA and .914 SV% in five games.
The Blue Jackets signed Emil Bemstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Bemstrom, 19, was a fourth-round pick (No.117 overall) in 2017 and finished the 2019 season with 35 points (23G / 12A) in 47 games with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Elite League.
Clendening is expected to be healthy scratch in Game 6.
The Blue Jackets went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Game 5 but it looks like they will go back to the traditional 12F, 6D, with Alexandre Texier will replace Adam Clendening in Game 6.
Wennberg is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6.
Wennberg has appeared in four games in the second round but has averaged just 10:30 TOI and is expected to be replaced by Markus Hannikainen (undisclosed) on the fourth line in Game 6.
Texier is expected to be back in the Blue Jackets lineup for Game 6.
Texier was a healthy scratch in Game 5 but is expected to replace Adam Clendening in Game 6. The Blue Jackets will go back to 12 forwards and six defensemen with Texier skating on the fourth line with Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen. The 19-year-old has two goals on eight shots with one assist in seven games this postseason.
Hannikainen (undisclosed) is expected to draw into the Blue Jackets lineup for Game 6.
Hannikainen is expected to make his 2019 playoffs debut and skate in his first game since March 24th. Hannikainen, who is expected to replace Alexander Wennberg on the fourth line, had four goals and three assists (seven points) in 44 games this season.
Bobrovsky will start Game 6 vs. the Bruins.
Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 36 shots in the Blue Jackets 4-3 loss in Boston in Game 5. Bobrovsky has now given up four goals in back-to-back games and the Blue Jackets are on the ropes. Bobrovsky has gone 3-1 while allowing just nine goals on 147 shots (.939 SV%) in his four starts at Nationwide Arena in the postseason.
The Blue Jackets have signed Daniil Tarasov to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Tarasov was a third-round pick (No.86 overall) in 2017 and played in the VHL and KHL last year. Tarasov was 17-6 with a 1.71 GAA, .928 SV% and two shutouts in 25 VHL games before making his KHL debut, where he had a 2.86 GAA and .917 SV% in two games.
Bobrovsky will start Game 4 vs. the Bruins.
Bobrovsky allowed one goal on 37 shots in the Blue Jackets 2-1 win in Game 3. Bobrovsky has played very well all postseason, but particularly vs. the Bruins, where he has stopped 99 of the 105 shots (.943 SV%) that he has faced. Bobrovsky will look to stay unbeaten in Columbus in Game 4—he is 3-0 while allowing just five goals on 101 shots (.951 SV%) in the first three postseason games at Nationwide Arena.
Source: Dan Rosen 05/2/19, 4:15 pm EST
Texier will be a healthy scratch for Game 3 vs. the Bruins.
Dzingel will be back in the Blue Jackets lineup for Game 3 vs. the Bruins.
Bobrovsky will start Game 2 in Boston.
Nutivaara (upper-body) will not play in Game 1 in Boston.
Nutivaara was hurt in Game 2 in Tampa Bay and will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury. Adam Clendening will remain in the Blue Jackets lineup while Nutivaara and Ryan Murray are out.
Bobrovsky will start Game 1 in Boston.
Bobrovsky will start Game 4 vs. the Lightning.
Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 31 shots in the Blue Jackets 3-1 win over the Lightning in Game 3. Bobrovsky has been excellent for the Blue Jackets, pushing them to a 3-0 series lead after a disappointing first period in Game 1—since then, Bobrovsky has stopped 69 of the 71 shots (.972 SV%) he has faced. Bobrovsky has put past playoff disappointments behind him and has the Blue Jackets in a spot to sweep the Lightning tonight.
Source: Dan Rosen 04/16/19, 12:19 pm EST
The Blue Jackets have recalled Zac Dalpe from Cleveland (AHL).
Despite having a number of reserve forwards already in Columbus, it looks like Dalpe could draw into the lineup in Game 4. Dalpe would replace Brandon Dubinsky, who was banged up in Game 3. Dalpe had a strong season at the AHL level, scoring 33 goals with 22 assists (55 points) in 55 games.
Nutivaara (upper-body) will not play in Game 3.
Nutivaara absorbed a big hit from Nikita Kucherov towards the end of Game 2 (Kucherov was suspended one-game for the hit) and it will cost Nutivaara at least one game as well. Nutivaara was on the ice for warmups but was a late scratch, which suggests that he won't be out long term. Adam Clendening will replace him on the blueline.
Bobrovsky will start Game 3 vs. the Lightning.
Bobrovsky allowed one goal on 24 shots in the Blue Jackets 5-1 victory in Tampa Bay in Game 2. Bobrovsky has a history of playing poorly in the playoffs, but so far he has stopped 49 of the 53 shots (.925 SV%) that he has faced to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. Now they return to Columbus, where Bobrovsky was 18-13-1 with a 2.73 GAA and .907 SV% in 32 appearances this season.
Source: Dan Rosen 04/14/19, 6:31 pm EST