Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Embark On Longest Road Trip Of The Season This Week
Columbus plays next five games on the road, including contests at Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary this week
Columbus Blue Jackets (6-14-2, 14 pts./5th Place – Central Division)
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE
Tue., Nov. 28 at Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place at 10 p.m.
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Fri., Dec. 1 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome at 9 p.m.
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Sat., Dec. 2 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place at 8 p.m.
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OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Vancouver Canucks (11-12-1, 23 pts./4th, Northwest Division)
LW Markus Naslund (All-Star has 11-7-18, 4 GWG in 24 GP)
Calgary Flames (10-10-2, 22 pts./5th, Northwest Division)
RW Jarome Iginla (Former MVP has 11-13-24 in 22 GP)
Edmonton Oilers (13-8-1, 27 pts./1st, Northwest Division)
G Dwayne Roloson (12-6-1 with 2.24 GAA, .926 SV% in 20 GP)
Tue., Nov. 28 GM Place (VAN) 11:30 a.m. PT
Wed., Nov. 29 GM Place (VAN) 2 p.m. PT
Thu., Nov. 30 GM Place (VAN) 1 p.m. PT
Fri., Dec. 1 Pengrowth Saddledome (CGY) 11:30 a.m. MT
Sat., Dec. 2 Rexall Place (EDM) 11:30 a.m. MT
Sun., Dec. 3 Family Sports Center (DEN) 2 p.m. MT
Mon., Dec. 4 Family Sports Center (DEN) 12:45 p.m. MT
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Nov. 20 vs. Nashville L, 1-3
Nashville’s Tomas Vokoun made 23 saves; Jason Chimera spoiled the shutout at 19:45 of 3rd
Nov. 22 vs. St. Louis SOL, 3-4
Mayers scores twice and Guerin nets lone SO goal; Modin, Zherdev tally 1-1-2 for Jackets
Nov. 24 at Philadelphia L, 2-3
Richards scores GWG in 3rd as Flyers spoil Hitchcock’s debut despite being out-shot 41 to 22
Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota W, 5-3
Line of Zherdev (1-1-2)-(Fedorov (2-2-4)-Carter (1-1-2) helps CBJ snap 0-7-1 skid
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 26 – Recalled LW Alexandre Picard and D Filip Novak from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Nov. 24 – Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to Syracuse… Nov. 23 – Assigned C Geoff Platt to Syracuse… Nov. 22 – Recalled RW Jaroslav Balastik from Syracuse… Nov. 21 – Recalled C Geoff Platt from Syracuse… Assigned RW Steven Goertzen to Syracuse .
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 Fredrik Modin (lower body injury, Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury - 48.
Hitchcock Named Fourth Head Coach in Blue Jackets History – The Blue Jackets named Ken Hitchcock head coach on Nov. 23. Hitchcock owns a 409-250-100 record in 759 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Blue Jackets, who went 1-1-0 in his first two games behind the bench. In eight full seasons, he led the Stars to five Central Division titles and the Flyers to one Atlantic Division title and two second place finishes. He also owns a 66-51 career record in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 16-7 mark in 1999 when he led the Stars to the Stanley Cup championship.
Columbus has out-shot its opponents 74 (37.0) to 44 (22.0) in two games under Ken Hitchcock after being out-shot 581 (29.1) to 546 (27.3) in 20 games prior to his arrival.
Columbus embarks on its longest road trip of the season this week. The team will leave for Vancouver on Nov. 26 and play the Canucks (Nov. 28), Flames (Dec. 1), Oilers (Dec. 2) and Avalanche (Dec. 5) before returning to Columbus following the game against Colorado. The club then plays at St. Louis (Dec. 9) before returning to host Ottawa on Dec. 10.
C Sergei Fedorov has tallied 5-7-12 in his last 13 games and is two goals shy of 450 in his NHL career (448-627-1,075 in 1,071 games). He registered a season-high 2-2-4 and was +4 in a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Nov. 25. In that game he also tied a franchise record for shots on goal in a game with 10, one day after he fired off nine at Philadelphia.
LW Fredrik Modin, who has 3-2-5 in his last seven games, tied the franchise record for shots on goal in a game with 10 at Philadelphia on Nov. 24.
G Fredrik Norrena made 19 saves to beat the Minnesota Wild, 5-3, on Nov. 25 and record his first career NHL win.
D Anders Eriksson leads the club in plus/minus at +4 and was even or better in seven games during Columbus’ eight-game losing streak (0-7-1 from Nov. 10-24). He was -1 vs. Edmonton on Nov. 10 and +3 over the next seven games.
After being held without a goal in his first 15 games, LW Jason Chimera has scored three goals in his last seven.
D Rostislav Klesla has 3-3-6 in his last 10 games after being held without a point in his first 10 games of the season.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games).
RW Anson Carter, who registered his first multi-point game with the Blue Jackets with 1-2-3 vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25, recorded his 400th career NHL point in the 5-3 win against the Wild. He is six goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (194-206-400 in 632 games).
D Adam Foote recorded his 200th career assist on Carter’s goal vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25 (61-200-261 in 883 games).
RW Nikolai Zherdev tallied 1-1-2 vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25 to record his 100th NHL point (46-54-100 in 150 games)
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
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.