CBJ Weekly Report: Oct. 21

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 4:00 PM / News
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CBJ Weekly Report: Oct. 21
Our weekly update on everything Blue Jackets hockey, both on and off the ice.



LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

Oct. 15: COLUMBUS 1 at Detroit 2

(Atkinson – PPG, 6 shots; Johnson – 22:48 TOI; Bobrovsky – 30 saves)

Oct. 17: COLUMBUS 3 at Montreal 5

(Jenner – 1st and 2nd career goals; Johansen – G, A, 16 face-off wins; Umberger – 5 shots, +1; Bobrovsky – 31 saves)

Oct. 19: COLUMBUS 1 at Washington 4

(Anisimov – G, +1; Gaborik – A, +1 rating; Wisniewski – 7 shots, 22:18 TOI; Bobrovsky – 35 saves)

Oct. 20: Vancouver 1 at COLUMBUS 3

(Umberger – GWG, A, +2; Johansen – G, A, +2; Gaborik – G, +1; Prout – A, 3 blocked shots, +2 rating; McElhinney – 37 saves)

 

THIS WEEK’S GAME/BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Times ET)

Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. –  FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Friday, Oct. 25 vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 7 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS, NATIONWIDE ARENA, 6 p.m. – FS Ohio HD/ Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, OCT. 22-28

Tuesday, Oct. 22:  10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, Oct. 23:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Thursday, Oct. 24:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Friday, Oct. 25:  10 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Saturday, Oct. 26:  10:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Sunday, Oct. 27:  9:30 a.m. ET – Nationwide Arena

Monday, Oct. 28:  No Practice Scheduled

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE

Record:  3-5-0 (6 pts.) – 4th/Metropolitan Division… Home:  1-2-0 (2 pts.)… Road:  2-3-0 (4 pts.)

Leading Scorers: RW Marian Gaborik (3-5-8 in 7 GP)… C Ryan Johansen (2-3-5 in 8 GP)… C Artem Anisimov (2-2-4 in 8 GP)… RW CamAtkinson (2-2-4 in 8 GP)

Goaltender Stats:  Sergei Bobrovsky (2-5-0, 2.70 GAA, .917 SV% in 7 GP)… Curtis McElhinney (1-0-0, 1.00, .974 in 1 GP)

 

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

NEW JERSEY DEVILS – Record:  1-4-3 (5 pts.) – 6th/Metropolitan Division… Home:  1-0-1 (2 pts.)… Road:  0-4-2 (2 pts.)

Head Coach:  Peter DeBoer… Players to Watch:  F Jaromir Jagr, G Martin Brodeur, G Cory Schneider, D Marek Zidlicky

All-Time:  CBJ, 3-7-2 (3-4-0 at home)… The Jackets picked up a point in their last meeting with the Devils, a 2-1 shootout loss in New Jersey onNov. 23, 2011… This Season:  First of four meetings… Next game:  Dec. 10 at Columbus.

 

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS – Record:  6-3-0 (12 pts.) – 2nd/Atlantic Division… Home: 3-2-0 (6 pts.)… Road: 3-1-0 (6 pts.)

Head Coach: Randy Carlyle… Players to Watch:  F Phil Kessel, D Dion Phaneuf, F James Van Riemsdyk, G Jonathan Bernier

All-Time:  CBJ, 3-6-1 (1-3-0 at home)… The Jackets are 2-2-0 in their last four meetings with Toronto… This Season:  First of three meetings… Next game: Nov. 25 at Toronto.

 

ANAHEIM DUCKS – Record:  7-1-0 (14 pts.) – 2nd/Pacific Division… Home: 5-0-0 (10 pts.)… Road: 2-1-0 (4 pts.)

Head Coach:  Bruce Boudreau… Players to Watch:  F Ryan Getzlaf, F Teemu Selanne, F Corey Perry, F Saku Koivu

All-Time:  CBJ, 23-20-4 (12-10-1 at home)… The Jackets have won or drawn their season series with the Ducks in nine of 12 seasons since joining the NHL… This Season:  First of two meetings… Next game:  Feb. 3 at Anaheim.

 

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

·         LW Matt Calvert (Injured Reserve – abdominal surgery, expected to miss six weeks)… RW Nathan Horton (shoulder surgery, out indefinitely)… C Cody Bass (hand injury, out indefinitely)… Man Games Lost to Injury:  26

 

TEAM NOTES

·         Dating back to last season the Blue Jackets are 22-10-5 in their last 37 games.

·         After opening the season playing five of their first seven games on the road, Sunday’s game vs. Vancouver began a stretch that has the Jackets playing eight-of-nine at Nationwide Arena through Nov. 9.

·         Columbus ranks third in the Eastern Conference with a team face-off winning pct. of 51.5.

·         The Blue Jackets are 28-0-0 when leading a game after two periods under head coach Todd Richards.

·         Columbus ranks fifth in the Eastern Conference with a home ice penalty kill efficiency rate of 90.0%.

 

PLAYER NOTES

·         C Ryan Johansen has tallied four points (2-2-4) in his last three games. He has also won 50 of his last 85 face-off attempts (59%) and is now T-24th in the NHL with a 53.9 FO% this season.

·         D Jack Johnson is currently T-1st in the NHL in power play goals by a defenseman (2).

·         C Brandon Dubinsky and C/LW Derek MacKenzie are both T-17th among all NHL forwards with 23 hits apiece.

·         D Ryan Murray is tied for fifth place among rookie NHL defensemen in blocked shots (14) and ranks ninth among freshman blueliners in even-strength TOI/game (15:27).

·         C/RW Boone Jenner scored his first two NHL goals on Oct. 17 at Montreal (Carey Price), becoming the second player in club history to score his first two NHL goals in the same game – Kris Russell on Jan. 22, 2008 at Dallas (Mike Smith).

·         G Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves to beat Vancouver 3-1 on Oct. 20 to record his first NHL win since Dec. 31, 2011 at Minnesota (withPhoenix).

·         LW Marian Gaborik leads the club in scoring with 3-5-8 and has picked up a point in six of the seven games he’s played this season.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Friday, Oct. 25 vs. Toronto – Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by OhioHealth; all fans in attendance will receive free cheer cards courtesy of OhioHealth.  During the game, several pediatric cancer heroes will be honored by participating in a variety of in-game experiences including an on-ice, pre-game introduction alongside the Blue Jackets.  In addition, this night will also celebrate the work of cancer care providers as select OhioHealth physicians will receive special in-game recognition.  The Blue Jackets Foundation also will host several themed fundraisers to benefit its Hats For Heroes program and the fight against pediatric cancer:

 

Purple Hockey Fights Cancer T-shirt Sale & Hats For Heroes Hats:  T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Foundation kiosk while supplies last.  Fans can also purchase the 2013-14 edition Hats For Heroes hats, which will be available at all FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line locations in the arena on this night only. Thanks to donations by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and Halo Branded Solutions, 100% of the hat sales will directly benefit Hats For Heroes.

 

Purple Jersey Auction (October 22 & 25):  Players will wear purple jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Friday, October 25.  The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players and available for bidding in the silent auction located on the arena’s Bud Light Terrace during the games on Tuesday, October 22 and Friday, October 25.  All jerseys will have a starting bid of$150 with bids being accepted through the end of the second intermission of the October 25 game.

 

BLUE JACKETS FANTASY CHALLENGE

The Blue Jackets are offering fans the chance to go behind the bench and make the calls the head coach makes through the Blue Jackets Fantasy Challenge.  Fans can visit BlueJackets.com at the link below to register, pick their lineup and Join the Battle!  Over 40 prizes will be awarded throughout the season including autographed pucks and jerseys, game tickets and a suite night!  To play, visithttp://bluejackets.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92446 

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