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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: February 18

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (27-25-9, 63 pts.; 3rd Place-Tied in Central Division)

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

Tue., Feb. 19  at Toronto Maple Leafs/Air Canada Centre - 7:30 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Thu., Feb. 21  at Ottawa Senators/Corel Centre - 7:30 p.m.             FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Feb. 23   at Montreal Canadiens/Bell Centre - 7 p.m.               FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team                            (Record/Standing)                                                     Player to Watch

Toronto Maple Leafs (24-27-9, 57 pts./5th Place, Northeast Division)  C Mats Sundin - All-Star leads club with 24-36-60

Ottawa Senators        (34-20-5, 73 pts./1st Place, Northeast Division)  RW Daniel Alfredsson - 4th in the NHL with 34-40-74

Montreal Canadiens (32-19-9, 73 pts./2nd Place, Northeast Division) RW Alexei Kovalev - Leads club with 27-32-59

 

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

*Practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public and times are subject to change.

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Feb. 17 – Activated C Sergei Fedorov off Injured Reserve… Assigned LW Joakim Lindstrom to Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
C Jiri Novotny (shoulder) is day-to-day … RW Jared Boll (illness) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 168

 

TEAM NOTES

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 63 points in 61 games, Columbus is tied for third place with St. Louis in the Central Division and tied for 11th in the Western Conference. The Jackets currently trail Vancouver and Calgary (tied for seventh place) by three points and are six points behind sixth place Nashville in the conference standings.

Jackets' Current Road Trip Matches Longest of Season: The Blue Jackets are 1-1-0 on their current five-game road trip, which matches the longest of the season. Columbus played five-straight road games from Jan. 17-24 and posted a 3-2-0 record in games vs. Phoenix, Dallas (twice), Colorado and Chicago. Prior to that trip, the club had a 6-12-2 road record. The Jackets have gone 5-4-1 away from home since that time, including a 4-2-1 mark in their last eight.

Power Play Continues to Surge: Since Dec. 26, the Blue Jackets have converted 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities (22-of-101) in 26 games to improve their season total 17.0 percent (46-of-271), which ranks 20th in the NHL. In their first 35 outings, the club converted 14.1 percent (24-of-170) of its chances with the man advantage.

Vs. This Week's Opponents: Toronto – Columbus is 1-3-1 all-time vs. the Maple Leafs, including 0-2-1 on the road… Toronto has won the last two meetings, 4-2, in Columbus on Oct. 20, 2006 and 4-1 at home on Feb. 12, 2004… The Jackets' lone win was a 4-3 overtime decision at Nationwide Arena on Mar. 20, 2003… Ottawa – The Blue Jackets are 1-3-2 all-time vs. the Senators, including 0-2-1 on the road… The Jackets won the last meeting, 6-2 at home on Dec. 10, 2006… Columbus' lone road point came in a 2-2 tie on Nov. 4, 2000 in the first-ever meeting between the clubs… Montreal – Columbus is 2-3-1 all-time vs. the Canadiens, including 2-1-1 on the road… Montreal won the last meeting, 3-2, in Columbus on Feb. 18, 2007… The teams skated to a 1-1 tie in the last meeting at Bell Centre on Nov. 11, 2003.

 

PLAYER NOTES

Nash Hits 30-Goal Mark for Third Time; Among League Leaders: LW Rick Nash tallied 2-3-5 in three games last week to raise his season totals to a team-leading 31-20-51 in 59 games. He is the first player in club history to record three 30-goal seasons (41 in 2003-04 and 31 in 2005-06) and is on pace to record his second 40-goal campaign. He currently ranks among NHL leaders in several categories – shorthanded goals (4th, 4), shots (7th, 226), goals (9th-tied, 31) and shorthanded points (9th-tied, 4). He also leads the Blue Jackets with 10 power play goals and four game-winning goals (tied).

Modin Stands Out in Return: After missing 47 of the club's first 58 games, LW Fredrik Modin returned to the lineup on Feb. 13 vs. Chicago and has scored three goals in as many games. He scored vs. the Blackhawks and picked up his first multi-goal game of the season two nights later with a pair, including the game-winner, at Detroit on Feb. 15. He has scored five goals in the last seven games he has played dating back to Jan. 20 and has 5-2-7 in 14 games this season.

Miscellaneous Notes: D Dick Tarnstrom made his Blue Jackets debut vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 10 and has tallied 1-3-4 in his first four games with the club… C Michael Peca had a season-high four-game point streak (0-4-4) snapped at St. Louis on Feb. 17… RW David Vyborny picked up assists in back-to-back games vs. Chicago and Detroit last week to become the first player in Blue Jackets history to record 200 assists with the club… D Ron Hainsey has collected 2-2-4 in his last six games after being shutout out in his previous seven outings… RW Nikolai Zherdev has notched 8-9-17 in his last 18 games.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

JACKETS TO HELP HABS HONOR GAINERY: Prior to Saturday's game at Montreal, the Canadiens are retiring the No. 23 worn by Bob Gainey, who played 16 seasons with the club and won five Stanley Cups and four Frank Selke Trophies as the NHL's top defensive forward. During pre-game warm-ups, all Blue Jackets and Canadiens players will wear jerseys bearing the No. 23. The jerseys will be signed by the players who wore them and by Gainey and be available via a special auction on NHL.com from Saturday, February 23 through Sunday, Mar. 2. Proceeds from the sale of Blue Jackets jerseys will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and The Gainey Foundation. Gainey, who is Montreal's general manager, and Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.

Feb. 27 vs. San Jose: Willie O'Ree Night – Fans can celebrate the 50th anniversary of hockey legend Willie O'Ree becoming the first African American to play in the NHL. O'Ree, who made history on Jan. 18, 1958 when he suited up for the Boston Bruins in a game against Montreal, will be on hand when the Jackets host the Sharks at Nationwide Arena.

 

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 flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The 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-COLS.

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