Weekly Report: Columbus Opens November with Colorado, Calgary and Detroit
Columbus hosts Northwest Division foes Colorado and Calgary before visiting Detroit for first clash with Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets (3-5-1, 7 pts./5th Place – Central Division)
Wed., Nov. 1 vs. COLORADO AVALANCHE, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Nov. 3 vs. CALGARY FLAMES, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sat., Nov. 4 at Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Colorado Avalanche (5-4-2, 12 pts./4th, Northwest Division): C Joe Sakic (11-time All-Star has registered 579-922-1,501)
Calgary Flames (3-5-1, 7 pts./5th, Northwest Division): C Jarome Iglina (3-time All-Star; NHL goals leader in ’02, ‘04-T) <
Detroit Red Wings (6-4-1, 13 pts./2nd, Central Division)D Nicklas Lidstrom (8-time All-Star; 4-time Norris Trophy winner)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Oct. 31- Nov. 6)
Tue., Oct. 31 at the Dispatch Ice Haus, 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 1 at Nationwide Arena, 10 a.m.
Thu., Nov. 2 at Dispatch Ice Haus, 11 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 3 at Nationwide Arena, 10 a.m.
Sat, Nov. 4 at Joe Louis Arena (DET), 11:30 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 5 No Practice Scheduled
Mon., Nov. 6 at Dispatch Ice Haus 10:30 a.m.
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following.
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Oct. 23 vs. San Jose: L, 0-3; Vesa Toskala makes 23 saves; Sharks go 2-of-8 on the power play, while Jackets are 0-of-7
Oct. 27 vs. Los Angeles: W, 2-0; Pascal Leclaire records first NHL shutout with 38 saves; Zherdev & Modin score CBJ goals
Oct. 28 at New Jersey: L, 0-1; Brodeur (22 saves) out-duels Leclaire (21 saves) and Parise nets winner late in 2nd period
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 26 – Activated C Dan Fritsche off Injured Reserve… Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Oct. 25 – Acquired D Ryan Caldwell from NY Islanders in exchange for C Eric Boguniecki… Assigned Caldwell to Syracuse Crunch (AHL).
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss two to three months.
-The Blue Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-0 win vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 27, improving to 9-4-1 in their last 14 games vs. the Kings.
-Saturday’s 1-0 loss at New Jersey dropped Columbus to 0-3-0 vs. the Eastern Conference this season. The Jackets don’t face another Eastern club until Nov. 24 at Philadelphia.
-After playing an NHL-low nine games in October (tied with Calgary and Boston), the Blue Jackets play 14 games in November, including eight at Nationwide Arena where they are 2-2-1 so far this season.
-The Blue Jackets enter Wednesday’s game vs. Colorado looking for just their second win all-time against the Avalanche (1-17-2). The Avs have earned a point in all 20 of the meetings, including Columbus’ 5-4 overtime win on Feb. 28, 2004.
-Columbus is 11-8-1 all-time vs. Calgary, including 7-2-1 at home.
-The last two times the Jackets visited Detroit, the club came away with points in games decided by shootouts. The club overcame a three-goal third period deficit to earn a 5-4 win on Mar. 25, 2006 and dropped a 6-5 decision on Apr. 7, 2006.
-G Pascal Leclaire posted a 1.34 goals-against average and .956 save percentage with one shutout in three games last week, stopping 87 of the 91 shots he faced. On Oct. 23, he made 29 saves in a 3-0 loss vs. San Jose in which two of the Sharks’ three goals came on the power play. On Oct. 27, he made 38 saves to record his first career NHL shutout as the Blue Jackets beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 despite being outshot 39 to 14 in the game. The following night at New Jersey, Leclaire stopped 20-of-21 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Devils. For the season, he is 3-4-1 with a 2.65 GAA and .912 SV% in eight games.
RW Nikolai Zherdev has tallied 2-1-3 in his last three games to give him 4-1-5 in seven games this season. He leads the club in goal scoring.
-D Ron Hainsey and D Adam Foote are the only Blue Jackets players who have logged 20:00 or more of ice time in all nine games this season. Foote leads the club at 25:10, while Hainsey ranks second at 24:12.
-D Anders Eriksson has tallied 0-4-4 in eight games and has registered an even or plus plus/minus rating in seven-of-eight games (-1, Oct. 14 at Minnesota). He leads the club at +2.
-After being held to 0-1-1 in his first five games as a Blue Jacket, LW Fredrik Modin has scored two goals in his last four games.
-RW David Vyborny continues to lead the club in scoring with 1-8-9 in nine games, which gives him 14-31-45 in his last 45 games dating back to last season.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games). RW Anson Carter is eight goals shy of 200 and five points shy of 400 in his NHL career (192-203-395 in 619 games).
D Adam Foote is three assists shy of 200 in his NHL career (61-197-258 in 873 games).
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, Nov. 1 vs. Colorado – Regular Hockey Guy Night: The Blue Jackets and News Radio 610 WTVN are teaming up for Regular Hockey Guy Night. For just $26, the Regular Hockey Guy Night package includes: one upper level ticket to the game vs. the Avalanche, one fleece hockey helmet hat and one hot dog.
Friday, Nov. 3 vs. Calgary – College Night: The Blue Jackets and CD101 are offering college students one upper bowl ticket to the game vs. the Flames, one exclusive Blue Jackets College Night t-shirt, one 7" Donatos pizza at the game and free admission to the Blue Jackets College Night Post-Game Party at Frog, Bar & Wild Boar Bar.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Jody Shelley at Giant Eagle in Pickerington: LW Jody Shelley will meet fans and sign autographs at the Pickerington Giant Eagle from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7. The store is located at 873 Refugee Road.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Book Jackets Celebrity Reading with Manny Malhotra: C Manny Malhotra will be reading to children as part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 at the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (1402 Brice Road).
BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
-The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio’s Jeff Rimer and 1460 the Fan’s Bruce Hooley.
-Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can 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.
-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 www.ticketmaster.com.
For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
-Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game.