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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 24

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (33-31-11, 77 pts.; 4th Place in Central Division)

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

Tue., Mar. 25  at Nashville Predators/Sommet Center - 8 p.m.       FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Wed., Mar. 26 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.  FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Mar. 28     NASHVILLE PREDATORS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m.  FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Mar. 30  at Chicago Blackhawks/United Center - 7 p.m.         FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team                            (Record/Standing)                                                  Player to Watch

Nashville Predators   (37-31-8, 82 pts./2nd Place, Central Division)  C Jason Arnott - Leads club with 27-42-69, 13 PPG

Chicago Blackhawks (36-32-8, 80 pts./3rd Place, Central Division)   RW Patrick Sharp - Leads club with 35 G, 7 GWG, 7 SHG

 

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

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

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Mar. 20 – Added LW Alexandre Picard to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 17 – Added G Dan LaCosta to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
RW David Vyborny (knee, Mar. 16 vs. Detroit) is day-to-day … G Pascal Leclaire (head, Mar. 16) is day-to-day… D Kris Russell (groin, Mar. 18 vs. Calgary) is day-to-day… RW Jared Boll (hip, Mar. 19 at Detroit) is day-to-day… LW Fredrik Modin (concussion-like symptoms) is day-to-day… RW Dan Fritsche (broken hand, Mar. 19 vs. Detroit) will miss the rest of the regular season… Man Games Lost to Injury: 189.

 

TEAM NOTES

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 77 points in 75 games, Columbus stands in fourth place in the Central Division and 13th in the Western Conference. The Jackets trail second place Nashville by five points and third place Chicago by three points in the division standings and eighth place Colorado by seven points in the conference standings.

Jackets Set Franchise Record for Points, Looking for More: With seven regular season games remaining, the Blue Jackets are 33-31-11 (77 pts.) and have set a new franchise record for points in a season (35-43-4, 74 pts. in 2005-06). With a 14-19-4 road record (32 pts.), Columbus is one point and one win shy of tying franchise marks in both categories (15-23-3, 33 pts. in 2006-07). The Jackets, who are 19-12-7 (45 pts.) at home, are also in position to set franchise records for wins (35 in 2005-06), home wins and home points (20-14-7, 47 pts. in 2002-03).

Vs. This Week's Opponents: Nashville – Columbus is 12-27-4 all-time vs. the Predators, including 8-11-2 at home and 4-16-2 on the road… The Jackets earned a 2-1 shootout win at home on Jan. 12 to snap a 12-game winless streak vs. Nashville (0-10-2) that dated back to a 3-1 road win on Apr. 3, 2006… The Jackets are 1-4-1 this season, including two one-goal losses at Sommet Center… Chicago – Columbus is 20-21-2 all-time vs. the Blackhawks, including 12-9-1 at home and 8-12-1 on the road… Columbus is 16-12-0 vs. Chicago since the start of the 2003-04 season… The Jackets are 3-3-0 vs. the Hawks this season, including a 4-2 win (Nov. 14), 7-2 loss (Feb. 13) and 6-3 loss (Mar. 14) at home… They are 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.

 

PLAYER NOTES

Nash Riding Six-Game Point Streak: LW Rick Nash is riding a season-high six-game point streak with 3-7-10, including three multi-point games, since Mar. 10. His career-long is a franchise record tying nine-game streak in which he tallied 9-7-6 from Dec. 30, 2005-Jan. 16, 2006. Nash also has three multi-assist games in the last six, which matches his total in his first 67 outings. He has raised his season totals to 38-28-66 in 73 games, setting a career high in points. He is two assists (30 in 2006-07) and three goals (41 in 2003-04) shy of tying his career highs in both of those categories.

Hejda Among NHL Plus/Minus Leaders: D Jan Hejda is tied for 19th in the NHL and is tied for eighth among league defensemen in plus/minus rating at +20. He has been even or plus in 52-of-74 games this season, including 15 of his last 16 (+14 during that span). The club record is held by Ron Hainsey, who was +13 in 2005-06.

Malhotra Gets Offensive: C Manny Malhotra is riding a four-game point streak (5-2-7), including back-to-back two-goal games – 2-1-3 vs. Detroit on Mar. 16 and 2-0-2 vs. Calgary on Mar. 18. He has racked up 6-5-11 in his last 12 games after notching 5-12-17 in his first 52 contests this season. He continues to rank second in the NHL in face off percentage at 59.2 percent, trailing only Nashville's Scott Nichol (59.4 pct.).

Miscellaneous Notes: G Fredrik Norrena made 18 saves in a 3-0 win vs. Calgary on Mar. 18 to record his first shutout of the season… LW Jason Chimera, who ranks third on the club in goals and points with 14-16-30 in 75 games, is four points shy of 100 in his Blue Jackets career (46-50-96 in 237 games).

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

MAR. 26 VS. CHICAGO: Jackets Night Out – Fans ages 21 and over can buy two tickets, two Donatos pizzas and two beers for just $55 when the Jackets host the Blackhawks this Wednesday night.

MAR. 28 VS. NASHVILLE: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Night – The Blue Jackets host the annual Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Night as fans will be able to check out a variety of animal displays throughout the Nationwide Arena concourse… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Night – 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… Regular Guy Hockey Night – Packages include one ticket, one order of nachos and one beer for just $25.

 

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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