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Blue Jackets Weekly: Jan. 21

Monday, 01.21.2008 / 11:37 AM / News
JACKETS WRAP UP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP WITH TWO BEFORE ALL-STAR BREAK
Columbus visits Dallas and Chicago before left wing Rick Nash heads to Atlanta for Sunday’s All-Star Game

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets
23-20-6, 52 pts.; 2nd Place in Central Division

Date - Opponent (Arena) - Time (ET) - Television/Radio Information
Tue., Jan. 22 at Dallas Stars (American Airlines Center)
8:30 p.m. - FSN Ohio/CD101.1 FM

Thu., Jan. 24 at Chicago Blackhawks (United Center)
8:30 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Jan. 26 - Dodge/NHL SuperSkills (Philips Arena, Atlanta)
7 p.m. - VERSUS/NHL Radio

Sun., Jan. 27 - NHL All-Star Game (Philips Arena, Atlanta)
6 p.m. - VERSUS/NHL Radio

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) - Player to Watch
Dallas Stars (28-18-5, 61 pts./1st Place, Pacific Division )
- LW Brenden Morrow (Has 19-27-46, 8 PPG)

Chicago Blackhawks (23-21-4, 50 pts./5th Place, Central Division)
RW Patrick Sharp (Has 22-14-36, 7 SHG)

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Tue., Jan. 22 - American Airlines Center (11:30 a.m. CT)
Wed., Jan. 23 - StarsCenter, Farmer’s Branch (11 a.m. CT)
Thu., Jan. 24 - United Center, Chicago (11:30 a.m. CT)
Fri., Jan. 25 - No Practice – All-Star Break
Sat., Jan. 26 - No Practice – All-Star Break
Sun., Jan. 27 - No Practice – All-Star Break
Mon., Jan. 28 - Dispatch Ice Haus (2 p.m.)
(Practice times subject to change)
Practices last 60-90 minutes with media availability following. Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

ROSTER REPORT
^ RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 19 – Activated LW Fredrik Modin and D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen off Injured Reserve… Assigned D Duvie Westcott to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 15 – Activated LW Curtis Glencross off Injured Reserve… Assigned LW Joakim Lindstrom to Syracuse (AHL).

^ OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: C Andrew Murray (concussion) is out indefinitely… D Ron Hainsey (back) is day-to-day… C Sergei Fedorov (concussion) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 141.

TEAM NOTES
^ Jackets' Four-Game Win Streak Snapped: The Blue Jackets had their four-game winning streak snapped on January 19 in a 3-1 loss at Dallas. The streak, which included wins over St. Louis, Nashville, Vancouver and Phoenix, matched the longest of the season (October 23-31). Columbus is riding a current six-game home winning streak, which is a franchise record. The home winning streak began on December 26.

^ Blue Jackets in Thick of Western Conference Race: Columbus has gone 7-5-0 since December 29 to extend the best season in franchise history. With 52 points in 49 games, Columbus stands in second place in the Central Division, is ninth in the Western Conference (three points behind eighth place Vancouver and eight points behind fourth place Anaheim.

^ Vs. This Week's Opponents: Dallas – Columbus is 6-18-3 all-time vs. the Stars, including 2-10-1 on the road… Dallas has won all three meetings this season, including 3-2 (Oct. 17) and 2-1 (Dec. 3) shootouts in Columbus and a 3-1 decision in Dallas on Jan. 19 despite being outshot 30 to 14… The Blue Jackets won the season series for the first time in 2006-07 with a 3-1-0 mark… Chicago – Columbus is 19-19-2 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 7-12-1 on the road… Columbus is 15-10-0 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season… The Jackets are 2-1-0 vs. the Hawks this season, winning 4-2 at home on Nov. 14 and splitting two games at United Center – 7-4 win on Oct. 23 and a 5-2 loss on Nov. 7.

PLAYER NOTES
^ Nash Heading to Atlanta This Weekend: LW Rick Nash will make his third-straight appearance at All-Star Weekend January 26-27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. He was scoreless in his All-Star debut in 2004 at the Xcel Energy Center and registered 2-2-4 in last year’s game at American Airlines Center in Dallas. In addition, he has won the Puck Control Relay in the past two Dodge SuperSkills Events. He is the third Blue Jackets player selected to participate in the All-Star Game and the first to make multiple appearances. The two other Blue Jackets who have represented the club at the All-Star Game are: Espen Knutsen (2002) and Ray Whitney (2003). He leads the Blue Jackets with 25-17-42, seven power play goals, four game-winners (tied) and 192 shots on goal in 47 games

^ Zherdev Continues to Terrorize Opposition: RW Nikolai Zherdev has 5-2-7 and 27 shots on goal in his past six games and had a five-game point scoring streak snapped at Colorado on January 20. He has raised his season totals to 20-20-40 in 49 games. His career high is 27-27-54 in 73 games in 2005-06.

^ Miscellaneous Notes: C Derick Brassard registered his first career NHL point when he assisted on LW Fredrik Modin's third period goal at Colorado on January 20… Modin's goal was his first in his second game since returning to the lineup after missing 35 games due to a back injury… C Michael Peca has tallied 2-4-6 in nine games since returning from injury on Jan. 3… LW Jason Chimera has notched 2-2-4 in his last six games after collecting 0-5-5 in his previous 20 outings… D Rostislav Klesla has scored two of his six goals in the past five games.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS
^ JAN. 29 VS. PHOENIX – DISPATCH/97.1 FAMILY NIGHT: Fans can bring their family of four or more to see the Blue Jackets take on the Coyotes with each individual receiving a ticket, Sugardale hot dog, Pepsi product, popcorn, UDF Ice Cream coupon and Dispatch Ice Haus skate pass for just $23 per person.

^ BLUE JACKETS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AT THE MALL AT TUTTLE CROSSING ON FEB. 3: Blue Jackets players will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Sunday, February 3 from 2 to 3 p.m.

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO
^ The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

^ Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.

TICKET INFORMATION
^ Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, 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.

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