Rick Nash is scheduled to appear in the fourth All-Star Game of his career this Sunday. In his previous three All-Star Game appearances (2004, 2007 and 2008) the Blue Jackets forward has tallied five goals and two assists for seven points.
Last year, Nash tallied the 15th hat trick in All-Star Game history in an 8-7 loss. He also set a new All-Star Game record when he scored just 12 seconds into the game, surpassing the previous mark for fastest goal to start the game (19 seconds by Detroit's Ted Lindsay in 1950).
Additionally, rookie goaltender Steve Mason was selected to participate in the NHL All-Star festivities this weekend when he was named to the NHL YoungStars game. He is the fourth Blue Jacket to be selected to the team. However, the Jackets announced yesterday that Mason will miss the YoungStars game.
NASH MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT UPON RETURN TO LINE-UP
After missing four games, forward Rick Nash returned to the lineup this past Sunday and tallied a goal and two assists in a 6-5 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. He also added the second goal in the shootout.
Nash now has 24 assists on the season and is seven assists shy of tying his career high of 31. Sunday's game marked the third time this season he has recorded three or more points in a game, while Columbus has posted a 9-2-1 record this season when he has a multi-point game, while going 49-18-11 all-time.
JASON JOINS JACKETS
Center Jason Williams became the 14th player to make their Jackets debut this season when he played against the New Jersey Devils on January 16. He was acquired via a trade with Atlanta in exchange for Clay Wilson and San Jose's sixth round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry draft previously acquired by Columbus in exchange for Jody Shelly.
The 5-11, 185 pound center scored a power play goal and had the shootout game winner in only his second game with the club on January 18 at Vancouver. His early success with the Jackets continued last night when he tallied a goal and an assist for two points and was a +2 in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
STAT OF THE WEEK
317 – The previous franchise record in points that was held by David Vyborny until Rick Nash surpassed it on January 18 at Vancouver with a goal and two assists. Nash currently has 318 points (172 goals and 146 assists) in 405 games.