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Nash's offense vital to Blue Jackets

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


Advantage Margin            -22

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 80
(13th West/25th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +7
Home Points 47
(12th West/20th NHL)
Away Points 33
(14th West/28th NHL)

Columbus had six more power plays than the opposition at home, but surrendered 208 -- second-most in the League -- on the road while earning 180.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        -13

Rick Nash had 24 of his 38 goals with the teams playing even. Only one other Blue Jacket, since-traded Nikolai Zherdev (26) had as many goals all season.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        -7


Nash (10) was the only Columbus player to reach double figures in power-play goals, and also led the team with four shorthanded tallies. Since-departed defenseman Ron Hainsey had all eight of his goals on the power play.

Goals by defensemen            23

Hainsey, who signed with Atlanta, had a team-high eight goals from the blue line. Among returnees, Rostislav Klesla was tops with six -- but he had only 12 assists and finished with 18 points.

Overtime Record
            Total: 5-4-8 | OT: 2-4 | SO: 3-8

Goals scored by the Blue Jackets with both teams playing at full strength, the fewest in the NHL. Overall, their 190 non-shootout goals were last in the West and ahead of only the New York Islanders among the NHL's 30 teams.

Scheduling


The Jackets start the season with a three-game trip to Dallas, Phoenix and San Jose, and head West after Christmas for six games. They do get to play 10 of their first 13 games after the All-Star break at home.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose



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