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Front & Nationwide: A show about the Columbus Blue Jackets

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Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan of The Athletic break down the latest news surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets and touch on topics from around the NHL

Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan of The Athletic break down the latest news surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets and touch on topics from around the NHL


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Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan of The Athletic break down the latest news surrounding the Columbus Blue Jackets and touch on topics from around the NHL




Catching up with Nick Foligno and the Blue Jackets story lines we’re missing right now

1:28: Who would have come back from injury? 2:50: Watching the standings shake out 4:13: What would be going on in the Metro Division? 4:19: Would John Tortorella have won the Jack Adams trophy? 5:36: Is this the season John Tortorella would be most proud of? 6:04: Who would have played in net for the Blue Jackets to finish out the season? 7:25: How many goals would Zach Werenski have scored? 8:23: Nick Foligno enjoys “Wine with DeWine,” and so do we -- Foligno interview


Reviewing the Blue Jackets roster for 2020-21

With the NHL season still on pause, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan review the entirety of the Blue Jackets’ depth chart and discuss who will return for the 2020-21 season, what contracts will need to be negotiated, and our thoughts on possible changes in the lineup for next year.


Blue Jackets updates and #FandN answers

Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan have the latest updates on the Blue Jackets and go through a bunch of your #FandN questions on everything from playoffs, to Josh Anderson’s next contract, the best Blue Jackets lineup ever, and key analytical questions.


Discussing playoff scenarios and your Q&As

The NHL season remains on pause and as the days tick away, Aaron Portzline, Tom Reed and Alison Lukan discuss the current state of the Blue Jackets and the league. They also answer your #FandN questions including possible playoff setups; favorite things; how AHL call up logistics work; and more. Submit your questions on Twitter using the #FandN hashtag!


Taking stock of the Blue Jackets as the NHL presses the pause button

The NHL has suspended the season . In this episode, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan discuss the impacts of this decision, what it means for fans, the Blue Jackets organization, and how things may look from a hockey perspective when the game returns to the ice.


Recapping the western Canada trip; what’s up with Pierre-Luc Dubois? And, what should be the plan in net?

12 games to go in the regular season and the Blue Jackets remain in the playoff hunt. In this episode, Aaron Portzline, Tom Reed, and Alison Lukan discuss what to make of the 1-1-1 western Canada trip and process versus results. They also break down the recent play of Pierre-Luc Dubois; what should be the plan for playing Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins down the stretch; and, is this John Tortorella’s best coaching performance to date? And stay to the end for an update on both Ohio...


OT Woes, free agent signings, and a look at the playoff picture

In this episode, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan talk about the OT loss in Calgary, the Blue Jackets’ OT woes this season, a day off in beautiful Banff, Alberta, the newest free agent signing, and who is and isn;t a threat in the playoff race.


15 games to go for the Blue Jackets - examining what lies ahead

Coming off a big win against Vancouver, the Blue Jackets face the most difficult schedule of any team in the NHL, and they’ll have to play through it without Josh Anderson who had season-ending shoulder surgery this week. Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan break it all down - the pro’s and con’s of the schedule, what’s happening around the Metro, and who is to count this Blue Jackets team out?


One on one with Devin Shore; other Blue Jackets updates

In this episode, Alison Lukan goes one on one with the newest Blue Jacket Devin Shore to talk about what it’s like to be traded, adapting to a new team; and…Harry Potter! We also review the past few days for the Blue Jackets, injury updates, and more.


Post-Deadline Blue Jackets Back in the Win Column

00: Game Recap – shuffling of standings 2:37 A win over Ottawa 4:56 Foligno’s message to the team 6:05 The way this team has to play 7:42 Reviewing the Sonny Milano trade 9;52 Milano’s evolution including the Calder Cup win 12:50 Milano is a unique player 14:26 The role of RFA status for Milano and Devin Shore 16:15 Markus Hannikainen traded 18:38 Josh Anderson not moved at the deadline 21:40 Does CBJ take a PR hit if Josh Anderson leaves the organization? 22:49 The friendship...


Previewing the Trade Deadline

1:11 What’s going on with this team 3:20 The hits keep coming and coming at the top of the lineup 4:25 OT choices 5:43 it all works together in this game – injuries impacting everything 7:22 Giving up leads 7:44 NHL deadline preview 8:16 status of team as playoff team 11 Josh Anderson 14:24 Sonny Milano on the block? 17:02 Blue line have any trade options? 19:00 Seller without selling the season 20:51 Fans impression of deadline moves 22:45 How hard is this scenario for Jarmo...


Market Correction or Time for Concern?

Show Notes: :50 CBJ heading into big head to head with Flyers 1:27 Winner gets third in Metro 1:50 Breaking down the Blue Jackets’ five game losing streak 3:24 Reviewing the New Jersey game 4:14 Glass half empty? 6:55 Remaining schedule review 7:30 Guys are not scoring 10:00 Missing Seth Jones 11:50 Glass half full? 15:40 This team compared to the 14-15 team in terms of injuries 17:00 Is the team getting tired? 17:24 Trade proposals you’d accept


Blue Jackets Deal with More Injuries with Jones, Atkinson out; Foudy’s NHL Debut

2:21 Seth Jones Injury 2:52 Atkinson injury 4:14 played on a broken ankle 6:41 Jones absence affects all areas of play 8:50 Jones learned on OT 9:18 TBL Game 9:46 Replacing Atkinson with Foudy 11:19 Foudy’s performance 12:55 Contract restrictions for ELC 13:35 David Savard welcomes a son 14:30 Scoring woes – 10G in 6 games 17:00 Impact of Wennberg’s loss 18:46 Anderson signing? 20:30 Can’t imagine trading him 21:43 Different shoulder 23:55 look across league 26:55 Send in...


Talking Blue Jackets and Buckeye Hockey with John Buccigross

Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan are joined by ESPN’s John Buccigross to discuss the surprising Blue Jackets season thus far; who the team might target at the trade deadline; the evolution of Ohio State hockey; and the best chicken parm.


Chatting CBJHAC with Blue Jackets Assistant GM, Josh Flynn

With the inaugural Blue Jackets Hockey Analytics Conference happening this weekend, assistant general manager, Josh Flynn joined Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan to talk about why he wanted to hold this event, what he hopes comes from it, and more events about what to expect from the weekend.


Revisiting our bold predictions for the season

Before this season began, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan shared their bold predictions for the year: With 31 game to go, we revisit those thoughts to see what we got right, what we got wrong, and what remains to be decided.


Blue Jackets Keep Finding Ways to Win; Kivlenieks’ First NHL Win; Atkinson and Bjorkstrand Return

The Blue Jackets incredible run continues with two wins over the weekend each backed by a different Latvian goaltender. In this episode, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan talk about the contributions in net; how the play in front of the goalers helps their success; how much longer this streak may go; the veterans who are returning to the lineup; and how this year feels different than last.


Elvis Merzlikins and the aspiration to greatness

With the Blue Jackets back in the playoff hunt, one of the key players who has risen up to help drive the team’s success is Elvis Merzlikins. In this episode, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan discuss all things Elvis - his drive to be great; his performance in net; the possibility that he can connect with Columbus outside hockey; the silver lining of having two great young goaltenders; and how does Blue Jackets management act going forward - will there be a trade on the horizon?


Blue Jackets start west coast swing; Merzlikins, Gerbe, Milano stepping up

The Blue Jackets beat the Kings last night 3-2 and are now one point out of a wild card spot. In this episode, Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan break down the game in Los Angeles; the games that lie ahead; and discuss the contributions of Elvis Merzlikins, Sonny Milano, and Nathan Gerbe, and how knowing the opportunity is yours for the taking has bread confidence in this young group.


Recapping a wild 24 hours for the Blue Jackets-Korpisalo injured, Tortorella’s rant, Merzlikins takes over in net

The Blue Jackets lost to Chicago Sunday, but that wasn’t the biggest story. A failed clock re-set cost the team an overtime win, and ultimately set up a shootout that would see Joonas Korpisalo leave the game due to injury, and a post-game John Tortorella rant. Now, Korpisalo is out weeks and Elvis Merzlikins takes over as the starting goaltender. Aaron Portzline and Alison Lukan recap all of these events and offer their perspective on how it all went down and how the club moves forward from...