Weekly Report: Jan. 29
Blue Jackets take three-game Winning streak to Western Canada for three games
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (20-25-5, 45 pts./4th Place – Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena (Time-ET) Television/Radio Information
Tue., Jan. 30 at Vancouver Canucks, General Motors Place (10 p.m.) FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Wed., Jan. 31 at Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place (10 p.m.) FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Feb. 2 at Calgary Flames, Pengrowth Saddledome (9 p.m.) FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Vancouver Canucks (28-19-3, 59 pts./1st, Northwest Division) G Roberto Luongo (Two-time All-Star is 2nd in NHL with 28 wins)
Edmonton Oilers (24-22-4, 52 pts./T-4th, Northwest Division) LW Ryan Smyth (Leads Oilers with 25-16-41 and 5 GWG)
Calgary Flames (26-17-6, 58 pts./2nd, Northwest Division) RW Jarome Iginla (Former MVP and 4-time All-Star has 23-30-53)
Tue., Jan. 30 GM Place, Vancouver - 11:30 a.m. PT
Wed., Jan. 31 Rexall Place, Edmonton - 11:30 a.m. MT*
Thu., Feb. 1 Corral Center, Calgary - 1:30 p.m. MT
Fri., Feb. 2 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary - 11:30 a.m. MT
Sat., Feb. 3 No Practice Scheduled
Sun., Feb. 4 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Mon., Feb. 5 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Game (Result) Storylines
Jan. 26 vs. Buffalo (W, 3-2) Chimera, Malhotra have 0-2-2 each, Norrena stops 36 shots as Columbus rallies from 2-1 deficit
Jan. 27 vs. Minnesota (W, 3-0) Klesla has 1-1-2, Vyborny 0-2-2 as Jackets jump out to 3-0 lead, hold off late Minnesota charge
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 26 - Acquired LW Curtis Glencross, C Zenon Konopka and a conditional seventh round pick in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft from Anaheim in exchange for RW Joe Motzko, C Mark Hartigan and a fourth round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Bryan Berard (back injury, surgery on Oct. 19) is expected to miss approximately three monthsâ€¦ G Pascal Leclaire (arthroscopic knee surgery, Dec. 26) is expected to miss approximately six weeksâ€¦ D Duvie Westcott (upper body, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitelyâ€¦ Man Games Lost to Injury - 149.
The Blue Jackets have gone 9-3-1 at home under Ken Hitchcock and have scored 47 goals (3.62 per game) in those 13 games. The club has scored at least three goals in 12 of those 13 games and has tallied four or more in six contests.
Columbus has won three-straight games, and four of its past five. The three straight wins have come against Detroit, Buffalo and Minnesota, who have a combined record of 86-55-12.
The Jackets play their next three on the road prior to returning home for a six-game homestand, the longest in franchise history.
The three-game road trip is the second swing through Western Canada for Columbus this season.
G Fredrik Norrena was named the NHLâ€™s second star for the week ending Jan. 28 after he notched back-to-back wins over Buffalo and Minnesota. He combined to stop 53-of-56 shots and had a goals-against average of 1.88 and .949 save percentage.
RW Dan Fritsche is riding a three-game point streak, scoring a goal in three straight games. He is one goal shy of doubling his previous single-season best of six goals.
LW Jason Chimera has tallied 0-3-3 and is +4 in his past three games. He has tied a single-season high for assists with 13.
C Manny Malhotra enters Tuesday nightâ€™s game at Vancouver riding a three-game point streak (0-4-4, +4).
RW David Vyborny has tallied 0-4-4 and also has a three-game point streak entering Tuesday nightâ€™s game at Vancovuer.
D Rostislav Klesla has 2-1-3 and is +2 in his past two games to tie a season-high in goals. He has scored five goals in the past 10 games after scoring three in his first 36 games.
D Bryan Berard is two points shy of 300 in his NHL career (71-227-298 in 554 games).
RW Anson Carter is one goal shy of 200 in his NHL career (199-216-415 in 653 games).
C Sergei Fedorov is seven points shy of 1,100 and four games shy of 1,100 for his NHL career (457-636-1,093 in 1,096 games).
D Rostislav Klesla is one game shy of 300 for his NHL and Blue Jackets career (28-53-81 in 299 games).
LW Fredrik Modin is six goals shy of 200 and 16 points shy of 400 for his NHL career (194-190-384 in 709 games).
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY
Thursday, Feb. 8 vs. Calgary – JACKETS NIGHT OUT: It's time to get your friends together for a Jackets Night Out on Thursday, Feb. 8! You'll get two tickets, two Donatos pizzas and two beers for just $50.
Friday, Feb. 9 – HOCKEY FEST CARNIVAL 2007: Tickets for Hockey Fest 2007, presented by the players and their wives, are on sale now. $10 General Admission tickets and $200 VIP tickets are on sale during Blue Jackets home games, available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at The Blueline, The Blueline at The Chiller Ice Rinks, and at Nationwide Arena box offices.
Sunday, Feb. 11 vs. Chicago – 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. In addition the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hockey card team pack presented by Upper Deck. The set includes Rick Nash, Pascal Leclaire, Adam Foote, Fredrik Modin, and Gilbert Brule. An additional 6th card of Sergei Fedorov will be available at The Blueline when fans purchase a pack of Upper Deck trading cards.
Sunday, Feb. 11 vs. Chicago – DISPATCH/MIX 97.1 FAMILY NIGHT: The Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four Pepsis, four popcorns, four UDF Ice Cream cone coupons, and four skate passes to the Dispatch Ice Haus for just $88.
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 Ohioâ€™s Jeff Rimer and 1460 The Fanâ€™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.