Weekly Report: Jackets play two of three games this week vs. Central Division foes
Central Division road games at St. Louis and Chicago surround Friday visit by defending conference champion Edmonton
Columbus Blue Jackets
(4-7-1, 9 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Thu., Nov. 9 at St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center at 8 p.m. on FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Nov. 10 vs. EDMONTON OILERS, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Nov. 12 at Chicago Blackhawks, United Center at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
FSN HD broadcasts can be seen on Time Warner (Ch. 753), Insight (Ch. 779) and DirecTV (Ch. 95).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
St. Louis Blues (4-6-3, 11 pts./3rd, Central Division): LW Keith Tkachuk (4-time All-Star; 3-time US Olympian)
Edmonton Oilers (7-6-0, 14 pts./4th, Northwest Division): LW Ryan Smyth (2-time Canadian Olympian has 8-4-12 in 13 GP)
Chicago Blackhawks (4-9-0, 8 pts./5th, Central Division): RW Radim Vrbata (Has 3-9-12 in 13 GP)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Oct. 31- Nov. 6)
Tue., Nov. 7: Dispatch Ice Haus at 10:30 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 8: Dispatch Ice Haus at 10:30 a.m.
Thu., Nov. 9: Scottrade Center (STL)at 11:30 a.m. CT
Fri., Nov. 10: Nationwide Arena at 10:30 a.m. (tentative)
Sat, Nov. 11: Dispatch Ice Haus at 11 a.m.
Sun., Nov. 12: United Center (CHI) at 11:30 a.m. CT
Mon., Nov. 13: No Practice Scheduled
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following.
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Nov. 1 vs. Colorado: L, 3-5, Avalanche win despite being out-shot by Columbus 44 to 22, including 20 to 5 in 3rd period
Nov. 4 vs. Calgary: W, 5-4 SO, Vyborny scores two of Jackets’ four PPG; Malhotra wins it in 11th round of the shootout
Nov. 5 at Detroit: L, 1-4, Detroit scores twice in 1:29 late in 2nd, including SHG, to break open close game
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 6 – Placed D Duvie Westcott on Injured Reserve… Nov. 5 – Assigned C Geoff Platt to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Nov. 4 – Recalled C Geoff Platt from Syracuse (AHL)… Nov. 2 – Assigned RW Jaroslav Balastik to Syracuse (AHL).
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss two to three months… D Duvie Westcott (broken finger, Nov. 3 vs. Calgary) is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
After playing just one game vs. Central Division opponents in their first 11 games, the Blue Jackets began a stretch of playing seven-of-nine vs. division rivals last Saturday at Detroit. Columbus is 1-1-0 in the division.
Columbus has converted 6-of-27 (22.2 pct.) power play chances in its last three games after going 0-of-19 in its previous three outings.
Columbus went 12-7-1 in 2005-06 against its three opponents this week – St. Louis (5-2-1), Edmonton (2-2-0) and Chicago (5-3-0). The Jackets beat the Blackhawks 5-4 at United Center on Oct. 7.
The club has fired off 98 shots in the past three games (32.7 per game) compared to 59 in the previous three (19.7).
Friday’s game vs. Calgary marked the second time in club history Columbus scored three power play goals in a period and the four in the game tied the club record. The 11-round shootout was also the longest in club history.
RW David Vyborny has picked up a point in seven-of-12 games this season, including 3-1-4 in his last three games, and continues to the lead the club in scoring with 4-9-13.
LW Fredrik Modin has tallied 3-3-6 in his last seven games, including 1-3-4 in his last three, after notching 0-1-1 in his first five as a Blue Jacket.
C Sergei Fedorov has collected 2-1-3 in his last three games after being held without a point in his first three contests this season. He scored a goal and fired off a club season-high eight shots on goal vs. Colorado on Nov. 1.
D Duvie Westcott, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday, is the club’s top-scoring defenseman and ranks third on the team with 3-5-8 in 11 games. He also ranks third on the club in ice time, averaging 22:27 per game.
D Anders Eriksson is tied for the club lead among defensemen in assists with 0-5-5 in 11 games.
D Ron Hainsey collected 0-2-2 vs. Calgary on Nov. 3 to record his first multi-point game of the season, tying a career high.
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 622 games).
D Adam Foote is two assists shy of 200 in his NHL career (61-198-259 in 876 games).
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
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).
Friday, Nov. 10 vs. Edmonton – Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night: Family packages include: 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 Pepsis, 4 popcorns, 4 UDF ice cream cone coupons, and 4 Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $88.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 vs. Nashville – Jackets Night Out: The Blue Jackets and WNCI 97.9 FM are offering fans two upper bowl tickets to the game vs. the Predators, two 7" Donatos pizzas and two draft beers (age 21 & older) for just $50.
Friday, Nov. 17 vs. Colorado – Giant Eagle Turkey Shoot: All fans in attendance can take the ice immediately following the game and participate in the annual Giant Eagle Turkey Shoot to win a $10 Giant Eagle gift card just in time for Thanksgiving. All fans will also receive inflatable clappers courtesy of Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce when they arrive at Nationwide Arena that night.
Nov. 20, 22 & 25 – Toys For Tots Toy Drive: The Blue Jackets are teaming with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve again this year in support of the Columbus Toys For Tots organization. The Marines will be on hand at Nationwide Arena to collect new, unwrapped toys during Blue Jackets home games on Nov. 20, 22 and 25. For information on all promotions, log on to www.BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-PUCK.
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.