Winners of five straight, things were looking up for the Columbus Blue Jackets… which means something had to go wrong.
On Friday, it did.
The Jackets placed forward Scott Hartnell on injured reserve with a broken finger, suffered during Thursday’s 3-2 win over Washington. He’s expected to miss two weeks with the ailment.
Prior to getting hurt, Hartnell had six goals and 17 points in 28 games this year, averaging just under 18 minutes a night. The veteran winger had also been a catalyst during the club’s recent winning streak, with three points in the five wins.
The injury is also a step back for Columbus’ overall health. Despite returning a few bodies to the lineup — including alternate captain Brandon Dubinsky — the club is now facing a stretch in which it’ll be without Hartnell, Ryan Murray, Mark Letestu, Artem Anisimov and Fedor Tyutin. The team is also still without Nathan Horton, who has yet to play this season while dealing with a severe back injury.
In a move related to the Hartnell injury, Columbus recalled Kerby Rychel from AHL Springfield on Friday.
Boone Jenner’s second of the season midway through the third period stood to be the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 Monday night.
The win was the Jackets’ first since Nov. 15 snapping a six-game skid.
Columbus rookie Kerby Rychel picked up his first career NHL point on Jenner’s game winner.
“At the end of the day it’s our building. We want to capitalize on our home games for our fans,” Jenner said. “(Kerby) brought his game and was perfect for us tonight.”
Matt Calvert’s third of the season opened the scoring in the first period.
“We simplified our game and got to the net,” said Nick Foligno. “That’s the mentality we need to carry over to the next game.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves to improve to 6-8-1 on the season.
Bobrovsky avoided injury pre-game after colliding knee-on-knee with teammate Michael Chaput.
“The guys stepped up tonight. This is the way we have to win…a 2-1 game, for me, is perfect,” said coach Todd Richards. “I would love to see more goals like (Boone’s). We need to have the mentality of getting to the paint.”
Florida rookie Aaron Ekblad had the lone Panthers goal. Al Montoya made 21 saves in the loss.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forwards Michael Chaput and Kerby Rychel from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons the club announced Saturday.
Columbus also assigned center Alexander Wennberg to Springfield.
Rychel, 20, has six goals and 13 points in 22 games during his rookie season in the AHL. The California native was the Jackets’ first round pick, 19th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.
Chaput, 22, has two assists in 18 games with the Blue Jackets this season and added one goal and five points in five games with Springfield.
Columbus will be in tough to snap its’ five game losing skid when they visit the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators. With their 5-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night the Jackets dropped to 6-14-2 – the worst record in the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are making sure to take care of business with their recent draft picks.
The team announced they’ve signed 2013 first-round pick Kerby Rychel to his three-year entry-level contract.
Rychel was one of three first-round picks by the Blue Jackets in the 2013 draft. Forwards Alexander Wennberg (14th overall) and Marko Dano (27th overall) were the other two.
This season in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires and Guelph Storm, the 6’1″ 205-pound winger has a total of 17 goals and 28 assists in 30 combined games.