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COLUMBUS Conor Timmins Jersey Womens , Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets will close out 2018 against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Nationwide Arena without their captain.The club announced Sunday that Nick Foligno will be away from the team to be with his 5-year-old daughter Milana, who will undergo heart surgery in Boston.She was born in 2013 with a congenital heart defect and had surgery a few weeks later. She had battled a virus this fall and Foligno missed a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 17 to be with her while she was hospitalized.Article continues below ...Foligno, who has 10 goals and 10 assists in 37 games, will be back with the team as soon as possible, the club said.In the meantime, the Blue Jackets (22-13-3) will try to bounce back from a 4-2 loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in a game of missed opportunities.The shot chart showed the Blue Jackets with 65 attempts against the Maple Leafs, but only 29 were on goal. Thus, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella emphasized shooting accuracy in Sunday’s practice.“Before practice, I put the stat up on the board today,” Tortorella said, according to the team’s website. “Usually, when you’re in practice, you hear pucks ringing off the boards and glass. I didn’t hear many. I watched it very closely.“The first shot we took in our shooting drill went wide, and then I don’t think another one went wide. I didn’t hear much noise on the boards.“It may sound silly, but I do believe when you do bring focal points to the group and you put a little bit of pressure on concentrating on that part of it Ian Cole Jersey Womens , I think they get it quickly.”Before Foligno left to be with his daughter, he said, “It’s so crucial just to even get a puck on net. It creates a rebound. Even if a goalie makes a save, it’s amazing how many times it pops back to you or you gain possession again.”During the Blue Jackets’ five-game winning streak that ended Friday, they weren’t exactly peppering the back of the net with pucks. In the last seven games, they’ve averaged 2.4 goals, but they kept beating opponents because of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s stellar play and winger Cam Atkinson’s offensive contributions.“We played hard, but right now goal scoring is a problem,” Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg said. “We’ve got to score more goals. That’s the focus right now.”The Senators (15-20-4) might provide a cure. The last-place team in the Atlantic Division is giving up an NHL-worst 3.93 goals per game.On the flip side, the Senators possess the ability to generate goals at a rate of 3.15 per game. Mark Stone leads the team with 18 goals and 43 points and Matt Duchene is next with 15 goals and has 37 points — one fewer than defenseman Thomas Chabot.But the Senators are mired in a four-game losing streak and coach Guy Boucher decided at Sunday’s workout before leaving for Columbus to break up his top line of Stone, Colin White and Brady Tkachuk.Chris Tierney centered a line with Tkachuk and Stone. White moved to a wing with alongside Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan, and winger Ryan Dzingel was placed on the fourth line with Tom Pyatt and Nick Paul.“Those three guys (White, Stone and Tkachuk) have worked so hard and they’re great to watch,” Boucher said, “but we need to have a team. It’s not that I wanted to split the line up Philipp Grubauer Jersey Womens , but I have to spread my hard-working elements throughout the lineup.”Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 loss at home to the Washington Capitals on Saturday in which it played without Chabot, who is out for three weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury on Friday night against the New York Islanders.“Whether you’re having a good season or not, it always (stinks) to be hurt,” Chabot said, according to the Ottawa Sun. “It’s part of the job. It always happens in hockey and you have to expect this. It is what it is and now we’ve got to look on the recovery road and hopefully be back as soon as possible.”Starting goaltender Craig Anderson also may miss Monday’s game with a concussion and so the Blue Jackets could see rookie Marcus Hogberg in net.“We’re going into a barn that’s hard to play in because (Columbus) is a very, very hard-working team,” Boucher said. “We’re not going to out-skill anybody. We don’t have that. The minute we don’t work harder than the opponent, we don’t get on top.” VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Tomas Tatar is helping Montreal Canadiens fans forget about former captain Max Pacioretty.Tatar, considered an afterthought in the offseason trade that sent Pacioretty to Vegas, has five goals in his past five games as the upstart Habs (10-6-3) prepare to visit the Vancouver Canucks (10-9-2) on Saturday.“There have been some great additions to the team over the summer and (Tatar’s) been one of them,” Montreal coach Claude Julien told reporters Friday after a practice at the University of British Columbia.Article continues below ...Junior star Nick Suzuki was considered Montreal’s key acquisition in the package deal with the Golden Knights. But after managing just 34 points with Detroit and Vegas combined last season, Tatar, 27, has recorded eight goals and eight assists in 19 games with the Canadiens.“He’s added a punch to our team http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-connor-mcdavid-jersey ,” said Julien.Accordingly, the Habs, who made a point of getting younger and faster in the offseason, are showing that they will be playoff contenders after missing the postseason in 2017-18. But Tatar, who had just four goals and two assists with Vegas after leaving Detroit at the trade deadline, attributed his renewed offensive prowess to the club’s overall play.“I think it’s a team success,” he told reporters after the workout. “When the team is doing well, the individuals are standing up, too. The whole team is playing really well and we’re fortunate to score enough goals.”Truth be told, the Habs have played quite well at times and poorly at others — in the past week alone. The Canadiens pulled out a 3-2 win in Calgary on Thursday, but were humiliated 6-2 in Edmonton two nights earlier. Julien called the setback his team’s worst performance of the season.Meanwhile, the injury-ravaged Canucks are also looking for more consistency. Following an unexpected hot start to their season, the Canucks will play their first home game since their dismal 1-3-2 road trip. They need to get more output from young players not named Elias Pettersson. The 20-year-old rookie has gone pointless in the past four games after producing 10 goals and seven assists in his first 11 contests.Fellow rookie Adam Gaudette is showing signs that he could do more. Promoted from the minors due to the rash of injuries, Gaudette, 22 Milan Lucic Jersey Kids , posted an assist in Thursday’s loss in Minnesota.The Braintree, Minn., native has yet to score a goal after playing 16 games with the Canucks this season and five contests in 2017-18 after his final collegiate campaign with Northeastern, where he earned the Hobey Baker award as the top U.S. college player. But he has not looked out of place with the Canucks after being expected to spend most of this season in the minors. He is trying to stick through strong two-way play rather than the offensive talents that he displayed in college.“You know, I’m not worried about the scoring right now,” he told Sportsnet.ca. “Once I get one, hopefully, (the production) will start rolling. Every game, every shift, I just feel more and more like I belong out there.”The center was promoted on an emergency basis after middlemen Brandon Sutter and Jay Beagle went down with injuries. Gaudette has effectively displaced versatile forward Brendan Gaunce, who can play both center and wing. Gaunce has been banished to the press box for the past six games — after producing three points in his previous two outings.“Gaunce can play, but I haven’t found a spot that makes sense,” Canucks coach Travis Green told Postmedia. “And, I’m not going to play a guy just to play.”That comment could be tacit praise for Gaudette — and a warning to underachieving Canucks.

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