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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: Feb. 19

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

WEEKLY REPORT: FEBRUARY 19, 2007

 

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (23-31-5, 51 pts./5th Place – Central Division)

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

Tue., Feb. 20 at St. Louis Blues/Scottrade Center - 8 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Thu., Feb. 22 EDMONTON OILERS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Sat., Feb. 24 at New York Rangers/Madison Square Garden - 7 p.m. (FSN Ohio HD/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

Sun., Feb. 25 NASHVILLE PREDATORS/NATIONWIDE ARENA - 6 p.m. (FSN Ohio/WBNS-AM1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM)

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch

St. Louis Blues (25-26-9, 59 pts./3rd, Central Div.) RW Bill Guerin (3-time All-Star, U.S. Olympian has 27-19-46 in 59 GP)

Edmonton Oilers (28-26-5, 61 pts./4th, Northwest Div.) LW Ryan Smyth (Canadian Olympic veteran leads club with 29-20-49)

New York Rangers (29-25-5, 63 pts./4th, Atlantic Div.) RW Jaromir Jagr (7-time 1st Team All-Star is 7th-T in NHL with 21-51-72)

Nashville Predators (39-18-3, 81 pts./2nd, Central Div.) C Peter Forsberg (5-time All-Star, 2003 MVP joined Predators last week)

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Tue., Feb. 20 Scottrade Center (STL) - 11:30 a.m. CT

Wed., Feb. 21 - Cancelled

Thu., Feb. 22 Nationwide Arena - 10:30 a.m. ET

Fri., Feb. 23 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET

Sat., Feb. 24 Madison Square Garden (NYC) - 11:30 a.m. ET

Sun., Feb. 25 TBA

Mon., Feb. 26 Dispatch Ice Haus - 11 a.m. ET

*tentative

 

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Game (Result) Storylines

Feb. 14 vs. St. Louis (L, 2-4) David Backes scores two goals, Blues add empty netter; Nash and Svitov score for Columbus

Feb. 16 vs. San Jose (W, 3-0) Fredrik Norrena makes 29 saves for 3rd career shutout; Brule and Fedorov pace attack with 1-1-2

Feb. 18 vs. Montreal (L, 2-3) Rookie Jaroslav Halak makes 31 saves in NHL debut; Habs score 2 PPG to build 3-0 2nd period lead

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 16 - Assigned C Zenon Konopka to Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT: D Duvie Westcott (concussion, Jan. 6 at San Jose) is out indefinitely… Man Games Lost to Injury - 171.

 

TEAM NOTES

After playing a franchise record six consecutive home games between Feb. 6-18, the Blue Jackets will play five of their next seven games on the road, including their first visit to Madison Square Garden to face the NY Rangers since Dec. 3, 2002 (5-3 Rangers win). Columbus is 4-2-1 all-time vs. the Rangers with wins in four of the last five meetings.

Columbus has gone 7-8-2 in its last 17 road games after beginning the season 2-9-0 away from home.

The Blue Jackets will play the 17th of 21 sets of back-to-back games this weekend, visiting the NY Rangers on Saturday and hosting the Nashville Predators on Sunday. Columbus is 8-7-1 in first games, with wins in two straight, and 6-9-1 in second games, with wins in two of the last three.

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock is expected to coach in his 800th career game when the Jackets host the Nashville Predators on Sunday. He has compiled a 426-267-103 record in 796 career games heading into this week's action.

 

PLAYER NOTES

C Sergei Fedorov is two points shy of 1,100 in his NHL career (458-640-1,098 in 1,105 games).

LW Fredrik Modin is three goals shy of the 200 in his NHL career (197-191-389 in 718 games).

C Gilbert Brule recorded his third multi-point game of the season with 1-1-2 vs. San Jose on Feb. 16 and added a goal vs. Montreal on Feb. 18 to give him 2-4-6 with a +4 plus/minus rating in his last 10 games. He has been an even or plus player in each of his last 13 games. Since Jan. 6, Brule has registered 3-4-7 with a -2 plus/minus rating in 18 games compared to his first 37 outings in which he had 3-3-6 and was -14.

C Alexandre Svitov scored goals in back-to-back games vs. Chicago on Feb. 11 and St. Louis on Feb. 14 and has 4-7-11, -2 in his last 25 games compared to 3-2-5, -8 in his first 31 outings.

RW David Vyborny had a four-game point streak (2-3-5) snapped on Feb. 18 vs. Montreal. Since being held without a point in a season-high six consecutive games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, he has registered 9-22-31 in 33 games. With a team-leading 13-36-49 in 59 games, he is on pace for a career-high 68 points.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS/IN THE COMMUNITY

Thursday, Feb. 22 vs. Edmonton – SPORTS TALK SERIES WITH OSU HOOPS LEGEND CLARK KELLOGG: The Sports Talk Series Presented by This Week Newspapers is scheduled for Thursday and features former Ohio State and NBA standout and current CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg. A pre-game question & answer session from 5-6 p.m. will be followed by a one-hour autograph session prior to the Jackets-Oilers game… Sugardale Dollar Hot Dog Night: Thursday’s game is also Sugardale Dollar Hot Dog Night… CD101 College Night: College students can purchase a ticket, exclusive RUSH CBJ t-shirt, free Chipotle burrito coupon and admission to the Frog, Bear & Wild Boar Bar after the game for just $25.

Sunday, Feb. 25 vs. Nashville – DISPATCH/MIX 97.1 FAMILY NIGHT: The Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night package includes four tickets, four Sugardale hot dogs, four Pepsis, four popcorns, four UDF Ice Cream cone coupons, and four skate passes to the Dispatch Ice Haus for just $88… Yearbook Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans in attendance for the Blue Jackets-Predators game will receive a free copy of the 2006-07 Columbus Blue Jackets Yearbook… Meet Your Columbus Destroyers and Destroyers Bombshells: Get ready for the 2007 Arena Football Season as members of the 2007 Columbus Destroyers and the Destroyers Bombshells Dance Team will be signing autographs on the Nationwide Arena main concourse from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday. For information on all promotions, log on to www.BlueJackets.com or call (614) 246-PUCK.

 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Doug MacLean Show airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets President and General Manager, FSN Ohio's Jeff Rimer and 1460 The Fan's Bruce Hooley.

Between the Pipes with the Blue Jackets can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 the Fan on Sundays from 10-11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the Blue Jackets broadcast team.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Chiller Easton, the Chiller Dublin and Chiller North, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

For information on season tickets or 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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