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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Blue Jackets Look to Stay Hot against Oilers, Thrashers

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (Times ET)


Tue., Nov. 18  EDMONTON OILERS, Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.  No local TV/1460, CD101
Sat., Nov. 22   at Atlanta Thrashers, Philips Arena - 8 p.m.  FSO HD/1460, CD101

FSO – FOX Sports Ohio; 1460 – WBNS-AM 1460 The Fan; CD101 – CD101.1 FM

 

BLUE JACKETS AT A GLANCE
Record: 8-7-3, 19 pts./2nd-T Central Division… Streak: Points in two-straight (1-0-1)… Home: 5-3-1, lost one a row… Road: 3-4-2, 2-0-2 in last four… Last Week's Results: 1-1-1… Nov. 12 – Phoenix 5, at Columbus 2; Nov. 14 – Columbus 6, at Buffalo 1; Nov. 15 – at Minnesota 3, Columbus 2 (SO).

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
EDMONTON OILERS (8-7-2, 18 pts./4th Northwest Division): Head Coach: Craig MacTavish… Oilers have played 12 of their first 17 games on the road (6-6-0)… After going 4-3-0 on a seven-game road trip from Oct. 30-Nov. 10, the Oilers went 0-1-1 in two home games… Edmonton plays at Detroit on Monday before their Tuesday visit to Nationwide Arena… Club is led by RW Ales Hemsky (5-12-17, 17 games) and D Sheldon Souray (5-7-12, 16 games)… G Dwayne Roloson is 2-2-2 with a 2.62 GAA and .918 SV%... The Blue Jackets are 7-16-6 all-time vs. the Oilers, including 4-7-4 at home… Columbus scored the game’s final three goals in the third period to earn a 5-4 win at home on Nov. 5… The Jackets went 1-1-2 in 2007-08 and 2-2-0 in 2005-06, but have never won a season series against the Oilers.

 

ATLANTA THRASHERS (7-8-2, 16 pts./3rd Southeast Division): Head Coach: John Anderson… Thrashers had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 16… Atlanta ranks 14th in the league in scoring (2.95 goals per game), but is tied for last in goals-against (3.59 per game)… Thrashers are led by the trio of C Bryan Little (9-8-17, 17 games), LW Vyacheslav Kozlov (10-6-16, 17 games) and All-Star LW Ilya Kovalchuk (6-10-16, 17 games)… Former Blue Jacket Ron Hainsey leads club's defensemen with 3-9-12 in 17 games… G Kari Lehtonen is 2-5-2 with a 3.44 GAA and .903 SV%... Jackets are 4-5-0 all-time vs. the Thrashers, including 1-3-0 on the road… Columbus won the last meeting, 2-0, at home on Dec. 26, 2007… Thrashers won the last meeting in Atlanta, 5-2, on Dec. 9, 2005.

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE, NOV. 18-24 (times subject to change)
Tuesday, Nov. 18       Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 19 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET
Thursday, Nov. 20     Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 21           Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 22      Philips Arena, Atlanta - 11:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Nov. 23        Dispatch Ice Haus - 12 p.m. ET
Monday, Nov. 24       Dispatch Ice Haus - 10:30 a.m. ET

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT
D Rostislav Klesla is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 43.

 

PLAYER NOTES

NASH CATCHES FIRE: LW Rick Nash, who is tied for the team lead in goals with eight and is second in points (15), snapped a nine-game goalless skid when he lit the lamp in the third period vs. Phoenix on Nov. 12. He has now scored a goal in three-straight games after adding a goal at Buffalo on Nov. 14 and tallying 1-1-2 at Minnesota on Nov. 15. He has 3-5-8 in his past eight games with points in seven after being held without a point the previous four outings.

UMBERGER CONTINUES TO HAUNT THE EAST: Columbus has played four games vs. Eastern Conference opponents and C R.J. Umberger has scored five of his seven goals in those games, including two-goal efforts at the NY Islanders on Nov. 3 and at Buffalo on Nov. 14… Since being held to 0-2-2 in his first nine games as a Blue Jacket, the former Flyer has 7-1-8 in his last nine games.

BRASSARD CONTINUES TO RACK UP POINTS: Rookie C Derick Brassard continues to lead all NHL rookies in goals (tied), points and plus/minus rating (tied), while ranking second in assists with 8-9-17 and a team-best +9 in 17 games. He has recorded a point in 14-of-17 games and has notched 6-5-11 in his last eight outings and has 3-2-5 during a current four-game point streak.

LECLAIRE BACK TO FORM:
G Pascal Leclaire made 36 saves in a 6-1 win at Buffalo on Nov. 14 in his first start since missing nearly three weeks due to injury. He has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.32 GAA and .926 SV% in his last five games…

MISCELLANEOUS: Rookie G Steve Mason has gone 3-1-1 with a 2.72 GAA and .903 SV% in his first five NHL starts… LW Jason Chimera ranks third on the club in scoring with 5-9-14 and has picked up a point in 11-of-18 games this season… D Mike Commodore is tied for the team lead in assists with nine, which is two shy of the 11 he collected in 67 games a year ago. The club is 6-1-0 when he picks up an assist this season… C Manny Malhotra has collected 3-1-4 and is +3 in his last six games… D Marc Methot has been even or plus in his last eight games (+7 during that span).

 

TEAM NOTES

JACKETS LOOK TO STAY PERFECT VS. CANADA: The Blue Jackets will look to make it five-for-five vs. Canadian-based teams when they host the Oilers on Tuesday. Columbus is 4-0-0 so far this season with wins over Vancouver (4-2 on Oct. 21), Edmonton (5-4 on Nov. 5), Montreal (4-3 SO on Nov. 7) and Calgary (3-1 on Nov. 8).

MISCELLANEOUS: Since losing three-straight games from Oct. 24-27, Columbus has earned a point in eight of its last nine outings (5-1-3)… The Jackets are currently tied for ninth in the NHL in scoring (3.06 per game) and lead the NHL in even-strength scoring with 42 goals in 18 games (2.33)… Since losing four-straight road games from Oct. 11-25, Columbus has earned a point in its last four away from home (2-0-2)… The Jackets' 6-1 win at Buffalo matched the most lopsided win in franchise history (set four times previously).

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

NOV. 18 VS. EDMONTON: Jackets Night Out – Get two tickets to the game, two beers and two Donatos pizzas for just $60. Buy your Blue Jackets tickets at Ticketmaster, the Nationwide Arena box office or go to www.BlueJackets.com... Giant Eagle Advantage Card Night – Bring your Giant Eagle Advantage card and receive $10 off select seats purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office.

NOV. 29 VS. WASHINGTON: Youth Street Hockey Stick Giveaway – The first 5,000 fans ages 12-under will receive a Blue Jackets street hockey stick… Appearance by the Stanley Cup – The most revered trophy in all of sports, the Stanley Cup, will be at Nationwide Arena on behalf of the Columbus Ice Hockey Club, the official NHL Hockey is for Everyone Program of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For a $10 donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation, fans will receive a professional 5"x7" photograph from www.printroom.com with all proceeds benefiting the Columbus Ice Hockey Club. The Stanley Cup will be located on the main concourse behind section 116 beginning at 6 p.m. through the end of the game.

 

BLUE JACKETS IN THE COMMUNITY

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19 – Jakub Voracek Autograph Signing: Rookie forward Jakub Voracek will be meeting fans and signing autographs as part of the grand opening of the new Giant Eagle store located at 1394 Ety Shops Way in Lancaster on Wednesday, November 19, from 6 to 7 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19 – Book Jackets Reading with Andrew Murray: Forward Andrew Murray will be reading to children at the Dublin Library located at 75 N. High St. on Wednesday, November 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. as part of the Blue Jackets Book Jackets Program presented by Univar in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

 

MONDAY, NOV. 24 – Marc Methot Autograph Signing: Defenseman Marc Methot will be meeting fans and signing autographs at The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing on Monday, November 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 


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, FOX Sports Ohio's Jeff Rimer and WBNS Radio's Bruce Hooley… Breakfast with the Blue Jackets 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

 

TICKET INFORMATION
Single Game: Tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports 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 online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com... Season & Group Tickets: For information on season tickets, six-game, 10-game and 20-game plans and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS… 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.

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