Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Look to Extend Four-Game Win Streak
Columbus visits Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes before hosting Central Division rival Chicago on Saturday
Columbus Blue Jackets (10-16-2, 22 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Tue., Dec. 12 at Dallas Stars, American Airlines Center, 8:30 p.m.
FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Thu., Dec. 14 at Phoenix Coyotes, Jobing.com Arena, 9 p.m.
FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sat., Dec. 16 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m.
FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Dallas Stars 20-10-0, 40 pts./3rd, Pacific Division
C Mike Modano (His 495 goals seven shy of NHL mark by US player)
Phoenix Coyotes 11-16-1, 23 pts./5th, Pacific Division
D Ed Jovanovski (Three-time All-Star has 6-10-16 in 28 games)
Chicago Blackhawks 11-12-5, 27pts./3rd, Central Division
RW Martin Havlat (Top goal scorer has 10-8-18 in nine games)
Tue., Dec. 12: American Airlines Center, 11:30 a.m. CT
Wed., Dec. 13: Jobing.com Arena, 2 p.m. MT
Thu., Dec. 14: Jobing.com Arena, 11:30 p.m. MT
Fri., Dec. 15: Dispatch Ice Haus, 2 p.m. ET
Sat, Dec. 16: Nationwide Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
Sun., Dec. 17: Nationwide Arena, 12 p.m. ET
Mon., Dec. 18: Nationwide Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following.
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS
Dec. 5 at Colorado W, 3-0 Norrena makes 42 saves to record 2nd-straight shutout as Jackets earn first win at Colorado
Dec. 9 at St. Louis W, 5-1 Fedorov has 2g, 1a and Norrena makes 24 saves as Columbus wins 3rd-straight road game
Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa W, 6-2 Jackets score team record 5 PPG; Nash (2g), Fritsche (2g) and Hainsey (1g, 2a) lead attack
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 11 – Added G Ty Conklin and D Filip Novak to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 7 – Assigned D Filip Novak 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… G Pascal Leclaire (lower body injury, Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa) will be sidelined indefinitely… D Adam Foote (lower body injury, Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury - 68.
The Blue Jackets open this week with road games at Dallas (Tuesday) and Phoenix (Thursday), looking to extend their four-game winning streak. The club has also won three-straight on the road, which is tied for the most in club history (Jan. 8-11, 2003; 2-1 at Minnesota, 3-2 at Vancouver, 7-2 at Calgary).
Columbus is 5-3-0 under new head coach Ken Hitchcock with all three losses coming by one-goal. The Blue Jackets have outscored the opposition 26 to 12 under Hitchcock after being outscored 64 to 42 prior to his joining the club. The winningest coach in Stars history, he will make his second return to Dallas on Tuesday to face the team he coached from 1996-02. He led the Flyers to a 2-2 tie at Dallas on Dec. 29, 2003 in his first trip back.
The Blue Jackets enter the week having given up three goals or less in their last eight games.
The Blue Jackets set a franchise record for consecutive minutes without giving up a goal from Dec. 1-9 (166:06).
Columbus set a franchise record by scoring five power play goals vs. Ottawa on Dec. 10. The previous record was four set on five previous occasions.
G Fredrik Norrena went 2-0-0 with a 1.24 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout in three games last week, along with setting a franchise record by not allowing a goal in 155:28 of action. After registering his first career shutout at Edmonton on Dec. 2, he made 42 saves in a 3-0 win at Colorado on Nov. 5 to become the second goaltender in club history to post back-to-back shutouts (Ron Tugnutt, 2000-01). He is 4-4-0 with a 2.10 GAA, .925 SV% and two shutouts in 11 games and has won his last four starts, posting a 1.00 GAA and .987 SV% in those games.
D Ron Hainsey tallied a career-high 1-2-3 vs. Ottawa on Dec. 10 and has 2-4-6 in his last five games.
C Sergei Fedorov has tallied 4-5-9 in his last eight games and has 7-9-16 in his last 19 outings.
C Dan Fritsche has collected 3-4-7 in his last four games and has raised his season totals to 5-7-12 in 24 games.
RW Anson Carter is riding a four-game point streak (2-4-6) and has 4-5-9 in his last seven outings.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games).
RW Anson Carter is four goals shy of 200 in his NHL career (196-209-405 in 637 games).
LW Rick Nash is two goals shy of 100 in his NHL career (98-71-169 in 234 games).
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Dec. 16 vs. Chicago – Nationwide Night: Get to Nationwide Arena early when the Jackets meeting the Blackhawks for some holiday family fun presented by Nationwide. The night includes: ice carving on the plazas, a holiday choir, free hot chocolate and live entertainment. In addition, FSN Ohio will be broadcasting live on the Front Street plaza and the first 10,000 fans attending the game will receive a Blue Jackets scroll banner. Bring your skates and present your game ticket to skate for free at The Dispatch Ice Haus from 5:50pm to 6:50 p.m. Meet the Team Autograph Session presented by Nationwide – All fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from members of the Blue Jackets team following the game at locations throughout the Nationwide Arena concourse.
Dec. 17 Player Appearance – Blue Jackets players Dan Fritsche and Aaron Johnson will be signing copies of the Blue Jackets “Hockey Holidays” CD at The Blueline Store located at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. The CD was recorded by several Blue Jackets players and is on sale now for $10. Proceeds benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Family Resource Center at Children’s Hospital and the Riverside Cancer Service’s KidShare program.
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.