Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Play Four Games in Six Days During Busy Holiday Week
Columbus plays three-of-four at home before embarking on longest road trip of the season on Sunday
Columbus Blue Jackets (5-12-1, 11 pts./5th Place – Central Division)
Mon., Nov. 20 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/CD101.1 FM
Wed., Nov. 22 vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m.
FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Nov. 24 at Philadelphia Flyers, Wachovia Center at 1 p.m. on FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sat., Nov. 25 vs. MINNESOTA WILD, NATIONWIDE ARENA at 7 p.m. on FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 the Fan, CD101.1 FM
All times ET; FSN HD broadcasts can be seen on Time Warner (Ch. 753), Insight (Ch. 779) and DirecTV (Ch. 95).
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Nashville Predators 12-4-2, 26 pts./1st, Central Division LW Paul Kariya (7-time All-Star has 345-461-806 in 757 GP)
St. Louis Blues 5-11-3, 13 pts./4th, Central Division LW Keith Tkachuk (4-time All-Star has 452-434-886 in 916 GP)
Philadelphia Flyers 5-13-2, 12 pts./5th, Atlantic Division C Peter Forsberg (5-time All-Star; 2003 NHL MVP)
Minnesota Wild 12-6-1, 25 pts./1st, Northwest Division LW Brian Rolston (2-time US Olympian leads club with 11-7-18)
Tue., Nov. 21 (Nationwide Arena) at 11 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 22 (Nationwide Arena) at 10 a.m.
Thu., Nov. 23 Dispatch Ice Haus (Closed) at 11 a.m.
Fri., Nov. 24 No Practice Scheduled
Sat., Nov. 25 Nationwide Arena at 10 a.m.*
Sun., Nov. 26 No Practice Scheduled
Mon., Nov. 27 GM Place, Vancouver at 10:30 a.m. PT
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. 15 vs. Nashville: L, 4-5; Predators score twice in :31 span midway through 3rd to win despite 2-1-3 by Rick Nash
Nov. 17 vs. Colorado: L, 0-3; Peter Budaj (25 saves) earns shutout, spoiling Fredrik Norrena’s (25 saves) home debut
Nov. 18 at Nashville: L, 2-4; Nashville goes 3-of-10 on power play, jumps out to 4-0 lead before holding off CBJ rally
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 20 – Recalled LW Alexandre Picard from Syracuse Crunch (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… LW Rick Nash (lower body injury, Nov. 18 at Nashville) is day-to-day… LW Jody Shelley (lacerated finger, Nov. 12 at Chicago) is day-to-day.
Monday’s game between Columbus and Nashville is the third in six days between the two clubs – Nashville earned a 5-4 win on Nov. 15 and 4-2 win on Nov. 18 to improve to 7-5-0 in the last 12 meetings in the series.
Columbus is 7-3-1 in its last 11 games vs. St. Louis, including a 4-2 road win on Nov. 9 in the first meeting this season.
The Blue Jackets have never beaten Philadelphia, going 0-3-3.
Columbus is 10-8-2 all-time vs. the Minnesota Wild, including a 7-1-1 mark at Nationwide Arena. Minnesota won the first meeting of the season between the clubs 5-0 at home on Oct. 14.
The Blue Jackets relieved Gerard Gallant of his head coaching duties on Nov. 13 and named assistant coach Gary Agnew interim head coach on Nov. 14.
The Blue Jackets come into the week looking to snap a five-game losing streak since a 4-2 win at St. Louis on Nov. 9.
The club is 3-0-1 when scoring first and just 2-12-0 when allowing the first goal this season.
C Sergei Fedorov has tallied 3-4-7 in his last nine games and is four goals shy of 450 in his NHL career (446-624-1,070 in 1,067 games).
G Fredrik Norrena made his first career start at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 17 and stopped 25-of-28 shots in a 3-0 loss. In his last three appearances, he has turned aside 53-of-57 shots (.929 save percentage) in 137:15 of action and suffered two shutout losses.
LW Fredrik Modin tallied 1-1-2, nine shots and was +3 in three games last week.
LW Jason Chimera scored his first goal of the season vs. Nashville on Nov. 15 and has fired off eight shots in his last three games. By comparison, he was held to nine shots in his first 15 outings.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games).
RW Anson Carter is seven goals shy of 200 and three points shy of 400 in his NHL career (193-204-397 in 628 games).
D Adam Foote is one assist shy of 200 in his NHL career (61-199-260 in 879 games).
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
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.
Nov. 22 vs. St. Louis – Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night: This offer gives fans: 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.
Hockey Holidays from the Blue Jackets CD available this week: Nine Blue Jackets players recorded “Hockey Holidays from the Blue Jackets,” a holiday CD that will be available beginning Nov. 22. The CDs will be sold for $10 with proceeds benefiting the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center at Columbus Children’s Hospital and the Riverside Cancer Service’s KidShare program. The recording was organized by Blue Jackets forward Anson Carter and included fellow players – Jason Chimera, Pascal Leclaire, Dan Fritsche, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Manny Malhotra, Fredrik Modin, Aaron Johnson and Jody Shelley.
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 3-4 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 10-11 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.