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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 3

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (30-27-10, 70 pts.; 3rd Place in Central Division)



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

Tue., Mar. 4at Calgary Flames/Pengrowth Saddledome - 9 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Fri., Mar. 7EDMONTON OILERS/Nationwide Arena - 7 p.m. FSN Ohio/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Mar. 9TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING/Nationwide Arena - 3 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team                     (Record/Standing)                                                           Player to Watch

Calgary Flames   (34-23-9, 77 pts./2nd Place, Northwest Division)     RW Jarome Iginla - 3rd in NHL in goals with 40-39-79

Edmonton Oilers (31-30-5, 67 pts./5th Place, Northwest Division)       C Shawn Horcoff - Leads club in goals with 21-29-50

Tampa Bay Lightning (26-32-7, 59 pts./5th Place, Southeast Division) C Vincent Lecavalier  - 3rd in NHL in points with 32-48-80

 

THIS WEEK'S PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

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

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Feb. 28: Acquired forward Nate DiCasmirro from Phoenix in exchange for forward Steve Goertzen… Assigned forward Nate DiCasmirro to Syracuse (AHL)… Feb. 26: Acquired a first round pick and a conditional fourth round pick from Colorado in exchange for D Adam Foote… Acquired D Theo Ruth from Washington in exchange for C Sergei Fedorov… Recalled C Derek MacKenzie and D Aaron Rome from Syracuse (AHL)… Assigned C Derick Brassard to Syracuse (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
LW Fredrik Modin is day-to-day with a leg injury suffered Mar. 1… Man Games Lost to Injury: 172.

 

TEAM NOTES

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 70 points in 67 games, Columbus stands in third place in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference. The Jackets trail Vancouver and Nashville (tied for seventh place) by five points, sixth place Minnesota by six points and fifth place San Jose by seven points in the conference standings.

Jackets Ride Hot Road Streak, Look to Tie Franchise Record for Road Wins: Columbus enters tomorrow night's game at Calgary in the midst of playing eight of nine games on the road, which is not a bad thing as of late. The club has gone 7-3-2 in its past 12 road games, including a 3-0-1 mark in their past four, after posting a 3-7-0 record in its previous 10. With 14 road wins to date, the Jackets are one win away from tying the franchise record of 15 set by last season's club.

Vs. This Week's Opponents: Calgary – Columbus is 14-11-1all-time vs. the Flames, including 5-8-0 on the road… The Jackets are 1-1-0 vs. the Flames this season, with the road team winning each contest… The Jackets have won five of the past eight meetings… Edmonton – Columbus is 6-16-4 all-time vs. the Oilers, including 3-9-1 on the road… The home team has won all three meetings this season – Edmonton, 3-1, on Nov. 26; Columbus, 4-2, on Dec. 31 behind Rick Nash's second career hat trick; and Edmonton, 4-3, on Mar. 2… Tampa Bay – Columbus is 2-4-1 all-time vs. the Lightning, including 1-1-1 at home… It will be the first and only meeting between the teams this season… It also marks the first meeting between the clubs since Jan. 13, 2006 and the first meeting at Nationwide Arena since Oct. 23, 2003.

 

PLAYER NOTES

Zherdev Sets Career Marks in Assists and Points: RW Nikolai Zherdev had two assists Mar. 2 at Edmonton to give him three assists in his past two games and 3-7-10 in his past 12 contests. The assists were the 30th and 31st of the season (and 100th and 101st of his career), breaking his previous single-season best of 27 assists in 2005-06. It also was his 54th and 55th points of the season, setting a new career-high in that category. His previous best was 54 in 2005-06. He also is three goals shy of tying his career-best in that category. He has recorded 24-31-55 in 67 games this season to lead the team in assists, while ranking second in goals and points.

Nash Rides Five-Game Point Streak: LW Rick Nash has 7-4-11 in his past 10 games, after recording 2-0-2 in his previous seven contests. Nash has 35-21-56 in 65 games and ranks seventh in the NHL in goals. Nash scored the 150th goal of his NHL career Feb. 29 at Vancouver and has 4-1-5 during a current four-game point streak entering tomorrow night's game. He is one point, six goals and nine assists shy of tying career highs.

Miscellaneous Notes: C Andrew Murray has posted 2-2-4 in his past six games, after being held pointless the previous 11 games… D Dick Tarnstrom had a pair of assists Feb. 29 at Vancouver, his second multi-assist game since joining the Blue Jackets Feb. 1… The assists also snapped a five-game pointless skid… He has 1-2-3 in his past two games… LW Jason Chimera scored the overtime game-winning goal Feb. 29 at Vancouver… It was his first goal in eight games and also snapped a five-game pointless streak… He added a goal Sunday night to give him goals in consecutive games.

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

MAR. 7 VS. EDMONTON: Chipotle Burrito Buck Pack – Get a ticket to the game and free burrito coupon from Chipotle for just $25… All You Can Eat Night – Get a ticket and all the hot dogs, bratwurst, popcorn, nachos, Pepsi products and ice cream you can eat for just $35.

MAR. 9 VS. TAMPA BAY: Upper Deck Trading Card Night – The first 10,000 fans will receive a special set of five Blue Jackets trading cards… Meet The Destroyers Night – Members of the 2008 Columbus Destroyers will sign autographs on the concourse before the game… Dispatch/Mix 97.1 Family Day – Bring your family of four or more and get tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, Pepsi products, UDF Ice Cream coupons and Dispatch Ice Haus skate passes for just $23 per person. You save more than $20 each.

 

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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