THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE
Columbus Blue Jackets (31-28-11, 73 pts.; 4th Place in Central Division)
Date Opponent/Arena - Time(ET) Television/Radio Information
Fri., Mar. 14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. No TV/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
Sun., Mar. 16 DETROIT RED WINGS/Nationwide Arena - 3 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch
Chicago Blackhawks (33-29-7, 73 pts./3rd Place, Central Division) RW Patrick Kane - Leads NHL rookies with 16-43-59)
Detroit Red Wings (45-18-6, 96 pts./1st Place, Central Division) LW Henrik Zetterberg - Has 36-41-77, 13 PPG, 4 GWG)
THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE
*Practice times subject to change and practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.
Mar. 7: Re-signed C Andrew Murray to a three-year contract through the 2010-11 season… Mar. 5: Recalled LW Joakim Lindstrom from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)..
OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
LW Fredrik Modin (leg) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 176.
Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 73 points in 70 games, Columbus stands in fourth place in the Central Division and 12th in the Western Conference. The Jackets trail eighth place Vancouver by five points and are seven points behind sixth place Calgary and seventh place Colorado in the conference standings.
Jackets Closing in on Several Franchise Records: With 12 regular season games remaining, the Blue Jackets are 31-28-11 (73 pts.) and are just one point shy of matching the franchise record for points in a season of 74 (35-43-4 in 2005-06). With a 14-18-4 road record (32 pts.), Columbus is one point shy of tying the franchise mark of 33 (15-23-3, 2006-07). The Jackets, who are 17-10-7 (41 pts.) at home, are also in position to set franchise records for wins (35 in 2005-06), home wins and points (20-14-7, 47 pts. in 2002-03).
Looking to Regain Home Ice Advantage: Columbus has posted a 7-4-2 road record since Jan. 22 and is looking to return to form on home ice. Last Sunday’s 5-3 win vs. Tampa Bay snapped a season-high seven-game winless streak at Nationwide Arena (0-4-3). Columbus will try to use that win as a catalyst as the club plays six of its next eight games on home ice before finishing the regular season by playing three-of-four on the road.
Vs. This Week's Opponents: Chicago – Columbus is 20-20-2 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 12-8-1 at home… Columbus is 16-11-0 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season… The Jackets are 3-2-0 vs. the Hawks this season, including a 4-2 win (Nov. 14) and 7-2 loss (Feb. 13) at home… Columbus has gone 2-1-0 at the United Center this season – 7-4 win on Oct. 23; 5-2 loss on Nov. 7; 1-0 win on Jan. 24… Detroit – The Blue Jackets are 10-23-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 5-10-6 at home… Columbus is 2-1-1 vs. the Wings this season, including a 3-2 shootout win (Nov. 24) and 5-4 shootout loss (Nov. 18) at home… The Jackets have split two games at Joe Louis Arena, suffering a 4-1 loss on Nov. 9 and earning a 5-1 win (largest margin of victory for Columbus in the all-time series) in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 15.
Nash Sets New Career High for Points: LW Rick Nash has 9-6-15 in his past 16 games to raise his season totals to a career-high 35-23-58 in 68 games). With 0-2-2 vs. Tampa Bay on Mar. 10, he surpassed his previous best of 57 points (41-16-57 in 2003-04 and 27-30-57 in 2006-07). He is six goals and seven assists shy of matching his career highs in both of those categories. He currently ranks seventh in the NHL in goals and is tied for fifth with four shorthanded goals, which is tied for the most in club history (David Vyborny, 2003-04).
Klesla Ties Club Record, Approaches 400th Game: D Rostislav Klesla set a career high and tied the franchise record for highest plus/minus rating in a game when he was +4 vs. Tampa Bay on Mar. 10. It was the first time this season and fifth in franchise history a player was +4 in a game… He also enters this week's action two games shy of 400 in his NHL career… Only one other player has appeared in 400 games as a Blue Jacket – David Vyborny, 537.
Miscellaneous Notes: RW David Vyborny has collected 3-2-5 with a +3 plus/minus rating in his last seven games. Prior to that stretch, he had collected 3-15-18 and was -11 in 53 games… D Jan Hejda leads the Blue Jackets with a +15 plus/minus rating (club record: +13, Ron Hainsey in 2005-06)… C Derek MacKenzie scored the first goal of his NHL career vs. Tampa Bay on Mar. 10… C Andrew Murray has 2-2-4 and is +5 over his last nine games and has been "even" or "plus" in each outing… LW Jason Chimera has scored three goals in his past five games, including game-winners at Vancouver on Feb. 29 and vs. Tampa Bay on Mar. 10.
MAR. 14 VS. CHICAGO: Huntington Hat Night – All fans in attendance will receive a Blue Jackets hat courtesy of Huntington Bank… All You Can Eat Night – Fans can purchase a ticket and all the hot dogs, bratwurst, popcorn, nachos, Pepsi products and ice cream they can eat for just $35.
MAR. 16 VS. DETROIT: OhioHealth Night – All fans in attendance will receive a Neighborhood Health Center magnet courtesy of OhioHealth… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Day – Fans can bring a family of four or more to the game and receive tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi products, UDF Ice Cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person. The package is a saving of over $20 per person.
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.
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.