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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 4

Monday, 02.4.2008 / 3:30 PM ET / News
By Blue Jackets Staff  - Writer
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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 4


Columbus Blue Jackets (25-23-6, 56 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)

Date               Opponent/Arena - Time(ET)                                           Television/Radio Information

Tue., Feb. 5  WASHINGTON CAPITALS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSN Ohio/CD101.1 FM

Thu., Feb. 7  at Phoenix Coyotes/Jobing.com Arena - 9 p.m.           FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Feb. 8     at San Jose Sharks/HP Pavilion at San Jose - 10:30 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Feb. 10 LOS ANGELES KINGS/Nationwide Arena - 6 p.m.    FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM



Team                            (Record/Standing)                                                   Player to Watch

Washington Capitals (24-24-5, 53 pts./3rd Place, Southeast Division) LW Alexander Ovechkin - Leads NHL with 43-27-70

Phoenix Coyotes        (27-22-3, 57 pts./4th Place, Pacific Division)      RW Shane Doan - Leads club with 17-32-49, 4 GWG

San Jose Sharks       (29-16-7, 65 pts./2nd Place, Pacific Division)     C Joe Thornton - All-Star has 15-47-62 in 52 games

Los Angeles Kings    (21-30-3, 45 pts./5th Place, Pacific Division)      C Anze Kopitar - All-Star has 20-28-48, 9 PPG


*Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.


Feb. 4 – Placed LW Fredrik Modin on Injured Reserve… Feb. 1 – Acquired D Dick Tarnstrom from Edmonton Oilers for LW Curtis Glencross… Jan. 30 – Recalled C Gilbert Brule from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Jan. 29 – Acquired a sixth round pick in the 2009 Entry Draft from San Jose Sharks in exchange for LW Jody Shelley… Jan. 28 – Recalled D Marc Methot from Syracuse Crunch.

C Sergei Fedorov (concussion, Jan. 17 at Phoenix) is day-to-day … LW Fredrik Modin (hamstring, Jan. 29 vs. Phoenix) is expected to miss 10 to 14 days… Man Games Lost to Injury: 151.



Jackets Look for Continued Success Against Pacific Division: The Blue Jackets play three of their four games this week vs. Pacific Division opponents. Columbus has posted an 8-4-4 mark vs. the Pacific Division this season and will look to continue that success in an effort to halt a season-high three-game regulation losing streak.

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 56 points in 54 games, Columbus stands in third place in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets currently trail eighth place Nashville by three points and are five points behind fifth place Anaheim in the conference standings.

Vs. This Week's Opponents: Washington – Columbus is 1-4-2 all-time vs. the Capitals, including a 1-2-1 mark at home… Washington won the last meeting, 4-2 at home on Oct. 5, 2005… Columbus picked up the first home win in franchise history vs. the Capitals, 3-1, on Oct. 27, 2000… Phoenix – Columbus is 10-12-5 all-time vs. the Coyotes, including 3-6-4 on the road… The Jackets are 2-1-0 vs. the Coyotes this season, including a 4-3 win at Phoenix on Jan. 17… San Jose – Columbus is 8-16-2 all-time vs. the Sharks, including a 1-11-1 mark on the road with the lone win coming on Jan. 8, 2004 (3-2 in OT)… The home team has won both meetings this season… Los Angeles – The Blue Jackets are 14-12-1 all-time vs. the Kings, including 9-4-0 at home… Since going 1-6-0 in the first seven games of the series, Columbus is 13-6-1 vs. the Kings… The Jackets have won all three meetings this season.



Rookie Brassard Nets First NHL Goal: C Derick Brassard scored the first goal of his NHL career vs. Minnesota on Feb. 2. Columbus' first pick, sixth overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft has collected 1-1-2 in 11 games since being recalled from the AHL's Syracuse Crunch on Jan. 10. Playing in his rookie pro season, he had registered 5-20-25 in 21 games with the Crunch and was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game prior to his recall.

Zherdev Leads Offense in January: RW Nikolai Zherdev led the Blue Jackets in scoring during the month of January with 6-6-12 in 14 games despite being held without a point in the first four games of the month. He registered his second two-goal game of the season vs. St. Louis on Jan. 11 and matched his career high with three assists at Dallas on Jan. 22.

Miscellaneous Notes: D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen picked up assists in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on Jan. 24 at Chicago and Jan. 29 vs. Phoenix… RW Dan Fritsche is riding a three-game point streak (1-2-3) after being held without a point in his previous four games… He has notched 2-5-7 in his last 11 games… RW David Vyborny is two assists shy of 200 for his NHL career… Three Blue Jackets have played in all 54 of the club’s games this season – RW Nikolai Zherdev, D Rostislav Klesla and LW Jason Chimera… Chimera has played in a club-record 216 consecutive games since Oct. 9, 2005, which was his first game after joining the Blue Jackets in a trade from Phoenix.



Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles Kings: "All You Can Eat" Package includes an upper level ticket and all-you-can-eat at a nearby concession stand for just $35. Menu items include nachos, brats, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream, Pepsi products and more… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night with special appearance by Scooby Doo presented by Time Warner Cable – Families of four or more can purchase tickets, Sugardale hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi products, UDF ice cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person. In addition, Boomerang Network's Scooby Doo will be available to meet kids and pose for pictures and sign autographs at the game.

Players' Wives Puck Surprise presented by Diamond Cellar – Fans attending the following games – Feb. 5 vs. Washington, Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles and Feb. 13 vs. Chicago – can purchase a mystery autographed puck wrapped with candy for $20 at the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation table on the main concourse behind section 110. A select number of the pucks include a golden ticket for an exclusive post-game photo with a Blue Jackets player. Proceeds benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.



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.



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.

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.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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