Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Feb. 11
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (26-23-9, 61 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena - Time(ET) Television/Radio Information
Wed., Feb. 13 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSN Ohio/CD101.1 FM
Fri., Feb. 15 at Detroit Red Wings/Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Feb. 17 at St. Louis Blues/Scottrade Center - 6 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Chicago Blackhawks (24-25-6, 54 pts./5th Place, Central Division) RW Patrick Kane - Leads all rookies with 12-34-46
Detroit Red Wings (41-12-5, 87 pts./1st Place, Central Division) LW Henrik Zetterberg - 6th in NHL with 33-37-70)
St. Louis Blues (24-22-8, 56 pts./4th Place, Central Division) LW Paul Kariya - Leads club with 14-34-48
THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE
*Practice times subject to change and practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
Feb. 10 – Assigned G Steve Mason to Kitchener Rangers (OHL)… Feb. 6 – Recalled G Steve Mason from Kitchener (OHL)… Assigned D Duvie Westcott to Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Recalled LW Joakim Lindstrom from Syracuse (AHL)… Signed LW Jason Chimera to a four-year contract extension through 2011-012… Feb. 5 – Recalled D Duvie Westcott from Syracuse (AHL).
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
C Sergei Fedorov (concussion, Jan. 17 at Phoenix) is day-to-day … LW Fredrik Modin (hamstring, Jan. 29 vs. Phoenix) is day-to-day… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (head) is day-to-day… C Dan Fritsche (flu) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 163
Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 61 points in 58 games, Columbus stands in third place in the Central Division and 10th in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets currently trail eighth place Nashville by three points and are six points behind fifth place Anaheim in the conference standings.
Jackets Earn Points in Four Games Last Week; Hit 60-Point Mark: The Jackets went 1-0-3 last week, earning five of a possible eight points to top the 60-point mark at the earliest point in any of their seven NHL seasons. The club earned point no. 60 in a 3-2 OT loss at San Jose in its 57th game on Feb. 8. The earliest the club hit the mark prior to this season was Mar. 7, 2007 in its 67th game.
Road Play Continues to Improve: Columbus earned three of a possible four points in a pair of road games last week – 2-1 win at Phoenix on Feb. 7, 2-1 OTL at San Jose on Feb. 8 – to improve to 3-1-1 in its last five road games and 4-3-1 in its last eight. The Blue Jackets play eight of their next 10 games on the road, including five-straight from Feb. 15-23.
Vs. This Week's Opponents: Chicago – Columbus is 20-19-2 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 12-7-1 at home… Columbus is 16-10-0 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season… The Jackets are 3-1-0 vs. the Hawks this season, winning 4-2 at home on Nov. 14 and going 2-1-0 at the United Center – 7-4 win on Oct. 23; 5-2 loss on Nov. 7; 1-0 win on Jan. 24… Detroit – The Blue Jackets are 9-23-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 4-13-2 on the road… Columbus is 1-1-1 this season with a 3-2 shootout win at home on Nov. 24, a 4-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 9 and a 5-4 shootout loss at home on Nov. 18… St. Louis – Columbus is 17-16-9 all-time vs. the Blues, including 6-11-4 on the road… The Blue Jackets are 10-3-4 in the last 17 meetings, including 3-0-0 at home 0-2-0 on the road this season.
Nash, Zherdev Continue to Battle For Points Lead: LW Rick Nash and RW Nikolai Zherdev continue to battle for the top spot among Blue Jackets scorers. Nash tallied 3-0-3 in four games last week to raise his season totals to 29-17-46 in 56 games. He leads the club in goals and ranks second in points to Zherdev, who has tallied 7-7-14 in his last 15 games to raise his season totals to 22-25-47 in 58 games.
Chimera Signs Four-Year Contract Extension: The Blue Jackets signed LW Jason Chimera to a four-year contract extension last week. Chimera has picked up 6-2-8 in his last 15 games, scoring goals in four of his last seven to raise his season totals to 11-14-25 in 58 games. He has also played in a franchise-record 220 consecutive games since Oct. 9, 2005.
Miscellaneous Notes: D Dick Tarnstrom made his Blue Jackets debut vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 10 and collected an assist in 18:07 of action… C Michael Peca has collected 0-5-5 in his last six games… G Fredrik Norrena went 1-0-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in two starts last week, stopping 46-of-49 shots faced… RW David Vyborny is two assists shy of becoming the first player in Blue Jackets history to record 200 assists with the club.
Feb. 13 vs. Chicago: Players' Wives Puck Surprise presented by Diamond Cellar – Fans attending the game 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… OhioHealth presents Heart Health Night – All fans receive a lighted OhioHealth key chain to raise awareness for heart health… Jackets Night Out - Ticket package includes two tickets, two Donatos pizzas and two beers for just $55 (fans must be 21 years of age and older).
Feb. 27 vs. San Jose: Willie O'Ree Night – Fans can celebrate the 50th anniversary of hockey legend Willie O'Ree becoming the first player of color to play in the NHL. O'Ree, who made history on Jan. 18, 1958 when he suited up for the Boston Bruins in a game against Montreal, will be on hand when the Jackets host the Sharks at Nationwide Arena.
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.
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.