Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Play First Three of Five Straight vs. Eastern Conference
Club To Honor Sergei Fedorov's 1000th game prior to Thursday's Game
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT - ARENA TIME TV/RADIO
Thu., Dec. 8 vs. New York Islanders, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 9 at Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 11 vs. New Jersey Devils, Nationwide Arena 5 p.m.
FSN-Fox Sports Net, WBNS-AM (1460), WWCD-FM (101.1); Times are Eastern
THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Blue Jackets practices typically last 60 to 90 minutes with media availability following. The schedule for Dec. 6-12 (Tue.-Mon.) is as follows: Tue. – 10:30 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)â€¦ Wed. – 10:30 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)â€¦ Thu. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)â€¦ Fri. – 11:30 a.m. (Philips Arena, Atlanta)â€¦ Sat. – 11 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)â€¦ Sun. – TBAâ€¦ Mon. – 11 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus). Practice times are local and subject to change. Only practices at the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
ROSTER REPORT: Dec.5 - Recalled C Dan Fritsche, C Geoff Platt and RW Nikolai Zherdev from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)â€¦ Dec. 2– Assigned C Dan Fritsche, C Geoff Platt, RW Nikolai Zherdev, RW Steven Goertzen, RW Joe Motzko, D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and G Pascal Leclaire to Syracuse (AHL)â€¦ Dec. 1 – Recalled C Geoff Platt and RW Joe Motzko from Syracuse (AHL)â€¦ Assigned D Aaron Johnson to Syracuse (AHL)â€¦ Activated G Marc Denis off Injured Reserveâ€¦ Placed C Manny Malhotra (back spasms) and C Gilbert Brule (broken leg) on Injured Reserveâ€¦ Nov. 29 – Claimed D Ron Hainsey off waivers from Montreal Canadiensâ€¦ Placed D Adam Foote (groin strain) on Injured Reserve.
INJURY REPORT: RW David Vyborny (knee sprain, Dec. 1 at St. Louis) is day-to-dayâ€¦ C Manny Malhotra (back spasms) is day-to-dayâ€¦ C Gilbert Brule (broken leg, Nov. 30 at Minnesota) is out four to six weeksâ€¦ LW Alexandre Picard (mild concussion, Nov. 20 at Phoenix) is day-to-dayâ€¦ D Adam Foote (groin strain, Nov. 23 vs. Nashville) is day-to-dayâ€¦ D Rostislav Klesla (broken hand, Nov. 9 vs. St. Louis) is expected to miss approximately six weeksâ€¦ LW Rick Nash (knee sprain, Nov. 3 at Calgary) is expected to miss four to six weeks.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: New York Islanders – 13-12-1, 27 pts. (4th, Atlantic Division)â€¦ Only meeting this seasonâ€¦ Jackets are 5-0-1 in the all-time series, including 3-0-1 at homeâ€¦ Jackets won last meeting 2-1 at home on Nov. 22, 2003â€¦ Head Coach: Steve Stirlingâ€¦ Players to Watch – C Alexei Yashin (12-16-28, 3 PPG in 26 games)â€¦ RW Miroslav Satan (13-8-21, 7 PPG in 26 games)â€¦ G Rick DiPietro (9-9-1, 3.20 GAA, .901 SV% in 21 games)â€¦ Atlanta Thrashers – 10-14-3, 23 pts. (3rd, Southeast Division)â€¦ Only meeting this seasonâ€¦ Jackets are 3-4-0 in the all-time series, including 1-2-0 on the roadâ€¦ Columbus snapped three-game losing streak in the series with a 4-2 win at home on Nov. 7, 2003â€¦ Head Coach: Bob Hartleyâ€¦ Players to Watch – C Marc Savard (11-26-37, 5 PPG in 27 games)â€¦ LW Ilya Kovalchuk (17-18-35, 10 PPG in 24 games)â€¦ G Michael Garnett (3-5-1, 3.99 GAA, .865 SV% in 12 games)â€¦ New Jersey Devils – 13-10-2, 28 pts. (3rd, Atlantic Division)â€¦ Only meeting this seasonâ€¦ Columbus is 2-3-1 all-time, including 2-2-0 at homeâ€¦ Devils won last meeting 4-3 in Columbus on Jan. 27, 2004â€¦ Head Coach: Larry Robinsonâ€¦ Players to Watch – RW Brian Gionta (16-12-28, 9 PPG in 25 games)â€¦ RW Alexander Mogilny (9-10-19 in 20 games)â€¦ G Martin Brodeur (11-8-0, 3.06 GAA, .896 SV% in 19 games).
WEEK IN REVIEW: Nov. 30 – Blue Jackets 3, at Minnesota 2 (SO): Pascal Leclaire made 32 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts to earn his first career NHL win. First period goals by Trevor Letowski and Duvie Westcott staked Columbus to a 2-0 lead before the Wild's Mikko Koivu cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period. Randy Robitaille's goal at 13:27 of the third forced the shootout, where Jaroslav Balastik's shootout goal in round three won it for Columbusâ€¦ Dec. 1 – at St. Louis 4, Blue Jackets 1: The Blues broke open a tight game with two third period goals to spoil a outstanding performance by Pascal Leclaire, who made 40 saves in net for Columbus. St. Louis converted 3-of-11 power play chances compared to the Jackets' 1-of-8 and Keith Tkachuk led the Blues with 1-2-3. Jaroslav Balastik scored his first NHL goal for the Jackets who were outshot 44 to 26 in the game. Patrick Lalime made 25 saves to earn the win in net.
FEDOROV PLAYS IN 1,000TH GAME; TO BE HONORED THURSDAY NIGHT: C Sergei Fedorov played in the 1,000th game of his NHL career at Minnesota on Nov. 30 to become the first Russian-born, 13th European and 205th player to reach the plateau. He picked up an assist vs. the Wild and has registered 431-592-1,023 and 637 penalty minutes in 1,001 career games. The Blue Jackets will honor Fedorov prior to Thursday's game at Nationwide Arena against the New York Islanders.
ROOKIE LECLAIRE STANDS TALL IN NET, POSTS FIRST NHL WIN: Rookie G Pascal Leclaire started both games in net for Columbus last week, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 2.88 goals-against average and .923 save percentage as he stopped 72-of-78 shots faced. He made 32 saves and stopped 3-of-3 in the shootout to earn his first NHL win at Minnesota on Nov. 30. He made a career-high 40 saves in a 4-1 win at St. Louis the following night. After being assigned to Syracuse on Dec. 2, he wrapped up the week with a 42-save performance for the Crunch in a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Dec. 4.
BLUE JACKETS TO VISIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ON TUESDAY: Blue Jackets players and coaches will be spreading some holiday cheer to patients at Columbus Children's Hospital on Tuesday afternoon as the team makes its annual holiday visit from 3 to 4 p.m. Coaches Gerard Gallant, Dean Blais and Gord Murphy will be joined by players and team mascot, Stinger, for the occasion.
BLUE JACKETS, DICK'S SPORTING GOODS TEAM UP FOR "SHOP WITH A JOCK": The Blue Jackets, Dick's Sporting Goods and Easter Seals of Columbus are teaming up this holiday season to provide a once in a lifetime shopping experience for 20 Columbus-area children. Blue Jackets players Trevor Letowski, Jody Shelley, Marc Denis and Duvie Westcott will take these children shopping on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dick's Sporting Goods located in the Easton Market.
TOYS FOR TOTS ONÂ THURSDAY NIGHT: The Blue Jackets are teaming up with the Marines, including Columbus-based Lima Company, for the 2005 Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Blue Jackets fans have one final chance to help by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to Nationwide Arena this Thursday prior to the Blue Jackets-New York Islanders game.
TEAM POST-GAME AUTOGRAPH SESSION SET FOR SUNDAY: Fans can meet their favorite Blue Jackets following Sunday's game vs. the New Jersey Devils as the team's annual post-game autograph session will begin approximately 45 minutes following the game's conclusion. The autograph session will be held throughout the arena and will last one hour. Game time on Sunday is 5 p.m.
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.