Weekly Report: Columbus Looks To Continue Solid Play With Four Games In Six Nights
After going 6-3-1 over the last 10, CBJ plays three straight at home and Sat night at NSH
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT - ARENA TIME TV/RADIO
Mon., Jan. 16 vs. New York Rangers, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 18 vs. Detroit Red Wings, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 vs. St. Louis Blues, Nationwide Arena 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 at Nashville Predators, Gaylord Entertainment Center 8 p.m.
FSN-Fox Sports Net, WBNS-AM (1460), WWCD-FM (101.1);
All Times are Eastern
THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Blue Jackets practices typically last 60 to 90 minutes with media availability following. The schedule for Jan. 17-23 (Tue.-Mon.) is as follows: Tue. – 11 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)… Wed. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Thu. – 11 a.m. (Dispatch Ice Haus)… Fri. – 10:30 a.m. (Nationwide Arena)… Sat. – 11:30 a.m. (Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville)… Sun. – No Practice Scheduled… Mon. – 10:30 (Nationwide Arena). Practice times are local and subject to change. Only practices at the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
ROSTER REPORT: Jan. 12 – Activated D Aaron Johnson and assigned him to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
INJURY REPORT: D Adam Foote (hip injury, Dec. 28 vs. Anaheim) is day-to-day… D Luke Richardson (fractured jaw, Dec. 21 vs. Dallas) is out indefinitely… C Manny Malhotra (shoulder injury, Dec. 8 vs. New York Islanders) is out eight weeks… C Gilbert Brule (broken leg, Nov. 30 at Minnesota) is out six weeks.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: New York Rangers – 25-13-7, 57 pts. (2nd, Atlantic Division)… Only meeting this season… Jackets are 3-2-1 in the all-time series, including 3-1-0 at home… Jackets won last meeting in Columbus, 5-0, on Oct. 11, 2003… Head Coach: Tom Renney… Players to Watch – RW Jaromir Jagr (29-40-69, 12 PPG, 5 GWG in 45 games)… RW Petr Prucha (21-6-7, 10 PPG in 39 games)… G Henrik Lundqvist (17-6-5 GAA, .924 SV% in 30 games)… Detroit Red Wings – 30-12-3, 63 pts. (1st, Central Division)… Fifth of eight meetings this season… Columbus is 4-15-6 in the all-time series, including 2-6-5 at home… Jackets are 0-3-1 this season, including 0-2-0 at home… Head Coach: Mike Babcock… Players to Watch – C Pavel Datsyuk (18-35-53, 9 PPG in 45 games)… LW Henrik Zetterberg (22-27-49, 10 PPG, 5 GWG in 45 games)… G Manny Legace (17-5-0, 2.15 GAA, .915 SV%, 3 SO in 25 games)… St. Louis Blues – 10-28-5, 25 pts. (5th, Central Division)… Fifth of eight meetings this season… Columbus is 7-13-5 in the all-time series, including 5-4-3 at home… Teams have split four meetings this season with each winning once at home and once on the road… Head Coach: Mike Kitchen… Players to Watch – C Doug Weight (9-28-37 in 41 games)… RW Mike Sillinger (15-16-31, 7 PPG in 42 games)… G Curtis Sanford (4-10-1, 2.81 GAA, .901 SV% in 16 games)… Nashville Predators – 28-12-5, 61 pts. (2nd, Central Division)… Fifth of eight meetings this season… Columbus is 9-14-2 in the all-time series, including 6-6-1 at home… Jackets are 1-3-0 this season, including 1-2-0 at home… Head Coach: Barry Trotz… Players to Watch – RW Steve Sullivan (22-20-42, 11 PPG, 3 SHG in 41 games)… LW Paul Kariya (14-28-42 in 45 games)… G Tomas Vokoun (22-9-4, 2.67 GAA, .915 SV%, 1 SO in 35 games).
WEEK IN REVIEW: Jan. 11 – at Blue Jackets 6, Pittsburgh 1: Rick Nash set a team record by scoring :10 into the game as the Blue Jackets built the 6-1 lead just 6:36 into the second period en route to the win. Nash and Sergei Fedorov each tallied 1-2-3, while Jaroslav Balastik added 2-0-2 and Jan Hrdina 0-2-2 to lead Columbus who went 2-of-6 on the power play and held Pittsburgh to 0-of-8. Pascal Leclaire made 28 saves to earn the win in net in a game that featured a combined Blue Jackets season-high 152 penalty minutes… Jan. 13 – at Tampa Bay 4, Blue Jackets 2: The defending Stanley Cup champions took a 2-0 lead into the third period and held on to earn the win thanks to goals by Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier in the final stanza. After Nikolai Zherdev scored :31 into the third to make it 2-1 and David Vyborny tallied at the 15:13 mark to bring the Jackets within 3-2, Lecavalier put the game away with his 18th of the year at the 17:55 mark. Marc Denis made 35 saves for the Jackets, who were out-shot 39 to 24 in the game. Sean Burke made 22 saves to earn the win for the Lightning… Jan. 14 – Blue Jackets 5, at Florida 4 (OT) : Pascal Leclaire tied a franchise record with 48 saves and David Vyborny scored two goals, including the game-winner at 4:48 of overtime, to lead the Jackets to the come-from-behind win. Columbus trailed 2-0 after one period and 2-1 heading into the third before Vyborny's first goal at 1:17 into the third tied the game at 2-2. The Jackets led 3-2 thanks to a goal by Sergei Fedorov and 4-3 on a Jason Chimera tally at the 11:27 mark before Florida forced overtime on a goal by Nathan Horton with :47 left in regulation. Florida out-shot Columbus 52 to 23 and each team scored one power play goal.
NASH'S GOAL STREAK SNAPPED AT SIX, BUT POINT STREAK AT EIGHT GAMES AND COUNTING: LW Rick Nash notched 1-1-2 in a 5-4 OT win at Florida on Jan. 14 to extend his point-scoring streak to eight games (8-7-15), which is tied for the longest of his three-year NHL career (8-2-10, from Nov. 20-Dec. 6, 2003). He scored goals in six consecutive games from Dec. 30-Jan. 11, which was a personal best and one shy of Geoff Sanderson's club record. In 14 games since returning to the lineup after missing 28 of the club's first 31 games, Nash has racked up 11-7-18.
DENIS, LECLAIRE GIVE JACKETS 1-2 PUNCH BETWEEN THE PIPES: Goaltenders Marc Denis and Pascal Leclaire have each played a significant role in Columbus' recent resurgence. In his last six starts, Denis has posted a 4-2-0 record with a 3.38 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout. He has stopped 223-of-240 shots during that time, making between 32 and 42 saves in each game. Meanwhile, Leclaire has gone 2-2-2 in his last seven starts (left one game due to injury) with a 2.59 GAA and .931 SV%, stopping 230-of-247 shots against. Last week, he went 2-0-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .938 SV% in two games, stopping 76-of-81 shots against. On Jan. 14, he made 48 saves in a 5-4 overtime win at Florida to tie the franchise record for saves in a game (set by Marc Denis vs. San Jose on Feb. 14, 2004).
JACKETS IMPROVE TO 10-10-2 SINCE NOV. 26 WITH WINS IN THREE OF LAST FOUR: By winning three of their last four games, the Blue Jackets have improved to 10-10-2 since a season-high seven-game losing streak left them with a 5-18-0 record on Nov. 25. A 4-3 win at St. Louis on Nov. 26 also began a stretch that has seen the club go 5-7-2 on the road, including 3-3-1 in the last seven. Columbus completed the first half of the regular season with a 12-27-2 record, while averaging 2.00 goals-for and 3.60 goals-against per game. The Jackets have begun the second half with a 3-1-0 mark, scoring 18 goals (4.50 per game) and allowing 11 (2.75 per game).
NEWS & NOTES: The Blue Jackets top line of LW Rick Nash, C Sergei Fedorov and RW Nikolai Zherdev has combined for 19-25-44 in 14 games since Nash returned from injury at Nashville on Dec. 17… Nash is riding an eight-game point streak (8-7-15), while Fedorov has a point in six-straight games (3-8-11) and Zherdev has points in five of his last six (2-5-7)… The Blue Jackets have scored 25 power play goals in 27 games since acquiring Fedorov from Anaheim on Nov. 15 (25-of-149/16.7 pct.) compared to 10 in 18 games prior (10-of-108/9.3 pct.)… RW David Vyborny has scored goals in three-straight games (4-0-4, including two game-winners) after being held to one goal in his previous 24 games… Columbus' "Czech" line of LW Jaroslav Balastik, C Jan Hrdina and Vyborny tallied 6-6-12 in three games last week with Balastik adding 2-2-4 and Hrdina 0-4-4.
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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.