WEEKLY REPORT: Oct. 31, 2005
Jackets Play Three Games in Four Nights To End Road Swing
DATE OPPONENT - ARENA TIME TV/RADIO
Tue., Nov. 1 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place 9 p.m. FSN/WBNS-AM, WWCD-FM
Thu., Nov. 3 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome 9 p.m. FSN/WBNS-AM, WWCD-FM
Fri., Nov. 4 at Vancouver Canucks, GM Place 10 p.m. FSN/WBNS-AM, WWCD-FM
FSN-Fox Sports Net, WBNS-AM (1460), WWCD-FM (101.1); Times are Eastern
THIS WEEK IN BLUE JACKETS HOCKEY: The Columbus Blue Jackets (4-8-0, 8 pts./3rd, Central Division) will wrap up their second Western road trip of the young season this week with three games in four nights. The current road trip against Northwest Division opponents began with a 3-1 loss at Minnesota on October 29 and concludes this week with games against the Edmonton Oilers (Tuesday), defending Western Conference champion Calgary Flames (Thursday) and first place Vancouver Canucks (Friday). The Jackets enter the week having gone 3-3-0 in their last six games following a 1-5-0 start.
ROSTER REPORT: Oct. 30 - Assigned C Mark Hartigan to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Oct. 28 - Activated C Dan Fritsche (ankle sprain) off Injured Reserve… Oct. 27 - Assigned G Andrew Penner to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Oct. 25 - Recalled G Andrew Penner from Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
INJURY REPORT: C Gilbert Brule (sternal clavicular sprain, Oct. 7 vs. Calgary; IR – Oct. 8) will be sidelined six to eight weeks... D Rostislav Klesla (stress fracture of right leg, diagnosed on Sept. 26; IR – Oct. 3) is day-to-day… LW Rick Nash (ankle sprain, Sept. 14 practice; IR – Oct. 8 retroactive to Oct. 5) is day-to-day.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Edmonton Oilers – 5-6-1, 11 pts. (4th, Central Division)… First of four meetings… Jackets are 2-10-3-1 in the all-time series, including 1-6-0-1 on the road… Columbus' lone win in Edmonton was 2-1 on Nov. 2, 2001… Head Coach: Craig MacTavish… Players to Watch – RW Ales Hemsky (1-10-11 in 12 games)… LW Raffi Torres (7-1-8, 5 PPG in 12 games)… G Jussi Markkanen (4-5-1, 2.91 GAA, .897 SV% in 10 games)… Calgary Flames – 4-7-2, 10 pts. (5th, Northwest Division)… Second of four meetings… Columbus is 9-7-0-1 all-time, including 3-5-0-0 on the road… Calgary won 3-1 at Columbus on Oct. 7… Head Coach: Darryl Sutter… Players to Watch – RW Jarome Iginla (5-5-10, 3 PPG in 13 games)… C Daymond Langkow (3-5-8, 2 GWG in 13 games)… G Mikka Kiprusoff (4-6-2, 2.81 GAA, .898 SV% in 12 games)… Vancouver Canucks - 8-2-2, 18 pts. (1st, Northwest Division)… First of four meetings… Columbus is 4-9-2-1 all-time, including 2-5-0-1 on the road… Jackets are 4-3-1-0 vs. Canucks since start of 2002-03 season… Head Coach: Marc Crawford… Players to Watch – LW Markus Naslund (7-7-14, 2 PPG, 2 GWG in 12 games)… C Henrik Sedin (4-7-11 in 12 games)… G Dan Cloutier (5-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .873 SV% in 9 games).
WEEK IN REVIEW: Oct. 24 – Detroit 6, at Blue Jackets 2: The Red Wings broke open a close game with four goals in the second period, including three on the power play, to complete a two-game sweep of the Jackets. Brendan Shanahan and Pavel Datsyuk each scored twice for Detroit, while Bryan Berard and Trevor Letowski scored for Columbus… Oct. 26 – at Blue Jackets 3, Nashville 2: Adam Foote's shorthanded goal :35 into overtime lifted Columbus and handed the Predators their first loss in nine games this season. Martin Prusek made 22 saves to earn the win for the Jackets, who outshot Nashville 34 to 24 and got goals from Letowski and Mark Hartigan… Oct. 28 – at Blue Jackets 2, Minnesota 1 (SO): Columbus set franchise records for shots in a game (53) and period (24 – 3rd), but needed Foote's goal at 19:18 of the third to force overtime. After a scoreless OT, Hartigan scored in the third round of the shootout and Letowski converted in eighth to end the NHL's longest shootout. Prusek made 27 saves for the win, while Minnesota's Dwayne Roloson made 52 saves in a losing effort… Oct. 29 – at Minnesota 3, Blue Jackets 1: Todd White scored two goals to help the Wild earn a split in the home-and-home set with the Blue Jackets. David Vyborny scored his second goal of the season that gave the Jackets a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Minnesota held a 24 to 16 edge in shots, including 14 to 7 over the final two periods.
BERARD TOPS JACKETS, 11TH AMONG NHL DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS: D Bryan Berard is riding a four-game point scoring streak (1-3-4 since Oct. 24 vs. Detroit) and leads Columbus in scoring with 3-6-9 and three power play goals in 12 games. He also ranks 11th among NHL defensemen in scoring.
NEWS & NOTES: D Adam Foote has scored two goals in his last three games - the OT game-winning goal vs. Nashville on Oct. 26 and the game-tying goal with :42 left in regulation of an eventual 2-1 shootout win vs. Minnesota on Oct. 28… RW David Vyborny has 2-2-4 in his last six games and enters the week with 167 career points, one point shy of the Blue Jackets career mark on 168 held by Geoff Sanderson… C Todd Marchant has 0-3-3 in his last four games… D Luke Richardson has three assists in 12 games after tallying five in 64 games in 2003-04… Columbus' 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota on Oct. 28 was the first in NHL history to extend beyond the mandatory three rounds. RW Trevor Letowski's goal in the eighth round (16th shooter) gave the Jackets' the win… Columbus completed its longest homestand of the season from Oct. 21-28 with a 3-2-0 record.
RICK BANDS ON SALE NOW: Be one of the first to pick up your 2005 RICK BANDS at The Blueline in support of the Blue Jackets Foundation. The bands are available for $2 and come in three collectible colors. Thanks to the generous contribution of Rick Nash, 100% of the proceeds will help the Foundation fight pediatric cancer, advocate for education and keep our children safe. Bands are also available by calling 614-246-FANS or emailing cbjfoundation@BlueJackets.com.
COLLEGE NIGHT COMING NOV. 9: The Blue Jackets, CD101, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the Arena Grand Theatre present the first College Night of the season on Wednesday Nov. 9. Packages are $23 and include one ticket to the Blue Jackets game vs. St. Louis, one ticket to a post-game screening of "Old School" at the Arena Grand Theatre, six wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, and a CBJ College Night t-shirt. Packages are available at www.BlueJackets.com/tickets/CollegeNight.
SALUTE TO VETERANS, LIMA COMPANY SLATED FOR NOV. 11: Please join the Blue Jackets in honoring our armed forces when the Blue Jackets host the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 11 at 7pm. This Veterans' Day Celebration will include a special acknowledgement of Columbus-based Lima Company of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (3/25). Fans can show their support for the troops in attendance and those currently serving by signing the large banner that will be displayed on the Bud Light Terrace area of the main concourse.
GIANT EAGLE TURKEY SHOOT SET FOR NOV. 13: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Giant Eagle are teaming up to help provide your holiday meal. Following the Nov. 13 game vs. the Los Angeles Kings, fans will be invited onto the ice for a chance to win a $10 gift card from Giant Eagle. Each participant will attempt to shoot a regulation hockey puck through a target. All participants will receive a coupon good for a free 2-Liter of Pepsi redeemable at Giant Eagle. For more information log onto www.BlueJackets.com.
JACKETS ON THE RADIO: The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 - 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley. Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can also be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.
TICKET INFORMATION: Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Blue Jackets practices typically last 60 to 90 minutes with media availability following. The schedule for Oct. 25-31 (Tue.-Mon.) is as follows: Tue. - 11:30 a.m. (Rexall Place, Edmonton)… Wed. - 10 a.m. (Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary)… Thu. - 11:30 a.m. (Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary)… Fri. - 11:30 a.m. (GM Place, Vancouver)… Sat. - No Practice Scheduled - Travel to Columbus… Sun. - 11 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)… Mon. - 10:30 (Dispatch Ice Haus). Practice times are local and subject to change. Only practices at the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.