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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: March 31

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE

Columbus Blue Jackets (34-33-12, 80 pts.; 4th Place in Central Division)

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

Thu., Apr. 3 at Detroit Red Wings/Joe Louis Arena - 7:30 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Apr. 5 at St. Louis Blues/Scottrade Center - 5 p.m. No TV/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sun., Apr. 6ST. LOUIS BLUES/Nationwide Arena - 3 p.m. FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

Team (Record/Standing) Player to Watch

Detroit Red Wings (52-20-7, 111 pts./1st Place, Central Division) C Pavel Datsyuk - NHL's No. 4 scorer with 31-63-94

St. Louis Blues (31-35-12, 74 pts./5th Place, Central Division) RW Brad Boyes - 5th in NHL in goals with 41-22-63

 

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. 30 – Added D Marc Methot to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 28 – Signed Chilliwack Bruins (WHL) D Nick Holden to a three-year standard entry level contract… Assigned LW Alexandre Picard to the Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Mar. 24 – Added D Clay Wilson to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
G Pascal Leclaire (head, Mar. 16) is day-to-day… LW Fredrik Modin (concussion-like symptoms) is day-to-day… D Ron Hainsey (head, Mar. 28 vs. Nashville) is day-to-day… D Dick Tarnstrom (head, Mar. 28 vs. Nashville) is day-to-day… RW Dan Fritsche (broken hand, Mar. 19 vs. Detroit) will miss the rest of the regular season… D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (neck) will miss the rest of the regular season… Man Games Lost to Injury: 213.

 

TEAM NOTES

Blue Jackets in the Western Conference Standings: With 80 points in 79 games, Columbus stands in fourth place in the Central Division and tied for 12th in the Western Conference. The Jackets trail third place Chicago by four points in the division standings.

Jackets Set Franchise Record for Points, Looking for More: With three regular season games remaining, the Blue Jackets are 34-33-11 (80 pts.) and have set a new franchise record for points and are one win shy of the club mark for wins in a season (35-43-4, 74 pts. in 2005-06). With a 14-20-5 road record (33 pts.), Columbus has tied the club record for road points and is one win shy of tying the franchise mark in that category (15-23-3, 33 pts. in 2006-07). The Jackets are 20-13-7 (47 pts.) at home and have tied club records for home wins and points (20-14-7, 47 points in 2002-03).

Vs. This Week's Opponents: Detroit – The Blue Jackets are 11-25-8 all-time vs. the Red Wings, including 5-14-2 on the road… Columbus is 3-3-1 vs. the Wings this season, including a 1-2-0 mark at Joe Louis Arena – 4-1 loss on Nov. 9, 5-1 win on Feb. 15 (largest margin of victory for Columbus in the all-time series) and 3-1 loss on Mar. 19… Columbus had won three-straight before dropping the last two… St. Louis – Columbus is 17-17-9 all-time vs. the Blues, including 11-5-5 at home and 6-12-4 on the road… The Blue Jackets are 10-4-4 in the last 18 meetings, including 3-0-0 at home (3-0 on Oct. 25 and Nov. 4, 6-4 on Jan. 11) and 0-3-0 on the road (3-2 on Nov. 16, 6-1 on Jan. 8, and 5-1 on Feb. 17) this season.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Hitchcock Closing In On 900 Games Behind the Bench: Head Coach Ken Hitchcock has compiled a 470-311-117 in 898 career games during his NHL coaching career. On Saturday in St. Louis, Hitchcock will become just the 20th coach in NHL history to record 900 games behind the bench.

Nash Having Club Record-Breaking Year: LW Rick Nash leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 38-29-67 in 77 games. With three games left, he is three goals shy of matching his career-high and club record of 41 set in 2003-04 and one assist shy of his personal best of 30 set in 2006-07. He has already set career-highs in shorthanded goals (four, ties the club record set by David Vyborny in 2003-04), game-winning goals (six, one shy of club record of seven set by Nash in 2003-04 and Geoff Sanderson in 2000-01) and shots on goal (310, previous record was 286 by Sanderson in 2002-03. He also has six multi-goal games, which ties the club record he (2003-04) shares with Sanderson (2002-03).

Malhotra, Hejda Eye Club Marks: C Manny Malhotra leads the Blue Jackets and ranks second in the NHL in faceoff percentage with 58.7 percent. He is on pace to break the club record of 57.4 percent set by Kevyn Adams in 2000-01… D Jan Hejda is tied for 20th in the NHL and is tied for seventh among league defensemen in plus/minus rating at +20. He has been even or plus in 55-of-78 games this season, including 18 of his last 20 (+14 during that span). The club record is held by Ron Hainsey, who was +13 in 2005-06.

Trio of Players Looking to Play in All 82 Games: The Blue Jackets have three players – LW Jason Chimera, D Rostislav Klesla and RW Nikolai Zherdev – who have played in all 79 games this season. Over the course of six previous seasons, five players have appeared in all 82 regular season games – David Vyborny (2003-04, 2006-07), Chimera (2006-07), Manny Malhotra (2006-07), Geoff Sanderson (2002-03) and Luke Richardson (2002-03).

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

APR. 6 VS. ST. LOUIS: FANtastic FANale VII – All fans will receive a Team Photo poster and have the chance to win a variety of prizes throughout the game, while a number of lucky fans will win the jersey off a player's back following the game. In addition, the Blue Jackets Foundation will be selling raffle tickets for the chance to win additional game-worn jerseys which will also be signed by the player following the game… All You Can Eat Night – Package includes an upper bowl ticket and all you can eat food for just $35… Tunnel of Pride – Package includes one upper bowl ticket and the chance to cheer the team on the ice prior to the game from the arena event level 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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