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Blue Jackets Weekly: October 15

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2-0, 4 pts.; 4th Place in Central Division)

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

Wed., Oct. 17   DALLAS STARS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.    FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Fri., Oct. 19       at Buffalo Sabres/HSBC Arena -7:30 p.m.     FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Oct. 21     VANCOUVER CANUCKS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.    FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD 101.1 FM

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team     Record/Standing     Players to Watch

Dallas Stars    2-2-2, 6 pts./1st Place, Pacific Division    C Mike Modano, G Marty Turco

Buffalo Sabres    2-2-0, 4 pts./5th Place, Northeast Division    LW Thomas Vanek, D Brian Campbell

Vancouver Canucks    3-2-0, 6 pts./2nd Place-T, Northwest Division    G Roberto Luongo, LW Markus Naslund

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

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

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Oct. 10 – Activated C Michael Peca off Injured Reserve.

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:

LW Jared Boll (shoulder, Oct. 10 vs. Phoenix) is day-to-day… RW Derek Dorsett (stress fracture leg; Sept. 25 – Injured Reserve) is expected to miss four to six weeks… Man Games Lost to Injury: 6.

TEAM NOTES

*The Blue Jackets are 2-0-0 at home, outscoring their opponents 7-0; and 0-2-0 on the road, having been outscored 8-3… This season marks the first time in club history the Jackets have shut out their first two home opponents.

*With a win over Dallas on Wednesday, Columbus can match the best start at home in franchise history… The club went 3-0-0 with wins over the NY Rangers, Vancouver and Chicago in 2003-04.

*Milan Hejduk's goal at 3:56 of the 2nd period at Colorado on Oct. 13 was the first power play goal allowed by the Blue Jackets this season… Columbus began the campaign by killing off 19-of-19 opponent power plays and currently ranks third in the NHL in penalty killing at 91.7 percent (22-of-24).

*With a goal at Colorado on Oct. 13, D Rostislav Klesla became the 14th Blue Jacket to record a point this season.

*Columbus has won four of the last five meetings between the Blue Jackets and Stars (4-1-0), dating back to a 5-4 OT win on Apr. 18, 2006… Prior to that stretch, the club had gone 2-16-1 in the first 19 games of the series.

*The Blue Jackets lead the all-time series vs. Buffalo with a 4-2-1 record, including 2-2-0 at HSBC Arena… Columbus posted a 3-2 win at home in the last meeting on Jan. 26, 2007, while the Sabres won 6-0 on Mar. 29, 2004 in the last game played at Buffalo.

*The Blue Jackets are 7-13-4 in the all-time series vs. Vancouver, including a 4-5-3 mark at home, but has gone 7-7-2 since the start of the 2002-03 season… Columbus went 2-1-1 last season and each of the last five games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.

PLAYER NOTES

*G Pascal Leclaire set a franchise record for longest shutout streak by a goaltender at 156:29. The streak began on Feb. 18, 2007 and ended when Joe Sakic scored at 6:07 of the first period at Colorado on Oct. 13. Leclaire broke the previous record of 155:28 set by Fredrik Norrena from Dec. 2-Dec. 9, 2006… His current home shutout streak, which includes a pair of games this season (28 saves vs. Anaheim on Oct. 5; 32 saves vs. Phoenix on Oct. 10), is 150:22… The last goal scored against Leclaire at home came on Feb. 18, 2007 at 8:37 of the second period by Montreal's Francis Bouillon.

*LW Jared Boll scored the first goal of his NHL career vs. Phoenix on Oct. 10.

*LW Jason Chimera has played in 166-straight games since Oct. 9, 2005, which is the second-longest streak in club history (194, David Vyborny from Oct. 17, 2002-Dec. 20, 2005). He is four games shy of 300 in his NHL career.

*C Sergei Fedorov has tallied 33-44-77 in 77 games vs. Dallas in his career. His 33 goals are the most he’s scored against any NHL opponent, while the 77 points rank second behind the 32-54-86 he’s collected in 91 games against Chicago.

*RW Nikolai Zherdev has registered 6-5-11 in nine career games vs. Vancouver.

*C Manny Malhotra played in his 200th game as a Blue Jacket at Colorado on Oct. 13.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Oct. 17 vs. Dallas – Jackets Night Out: Fans ages 21-over can receive two tickets, two beers and two Donatos pizzas for $55. Log on to www.BlueJackets.com for information. Oct. 21 vs. Vancouver – Dispatch/97.1 Family Night: Families of four or more receive tickets, Sugardale hot dogs, Pepsi products, popcorn, UDF Ice Cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person… Breast Cancer Awareness Night Presented by OhioHealth: In conjunction with the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, the Blue Jackets and OhioHealth are teaming up to raise awareness to fight breast cancer and the first 10,000 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a rally towel courtesy of OhioHealth. The exterior of Nationwide Arena has been lit "pink" in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer program. In addition, Blue Jackets coaches and broadcasters will be wearing specially designed pink ties to promote breast cancer awareness and Jackets captain Adam Foote and his wife, Jennifer, are hosting a special group of breast cancer survivors in a suite for the game.

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 AM flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team. This week's show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.

TICKET INFORMATION
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-COL
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